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Stulman Center for Adult Learning

Barukh Habah:  Welcome to the Stulman Center for Adult Learning

The Stulman Center is the definition of a learning community. We offer courses year round, from the frigid dark days of winter through the dog days of summer. Our course titles will intrigue you. Our teachers will inspire you. Our courses will challenge you to think in new ways about not only the history but also the future of the Jewish people.

Stulman offers classes on Torah, Hebrew, literature, history, and the arts. Each year, academics and rabbis visit Chizuk Amuno to offer lectures, teach classes, and serve as scholars-in-residence.  The Stulman Center for Adult Learning provides a point of entry for everyone seeking the excitement of Jewish study in a community of committed, caring learners studying with dedicated, knowledgeable teachers.  Learning is a way of enhancing our Jewish identity and connection to our tradition. Learning enriches our lives and promotes our spiritual growth

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Spring 2022 Classes

Dear Friends:

Beginning last August, we joyously welcomed back learners for hybrid, on-site and online Adult Education classes. Those who were comfortable returned on site, and all were able to participate virtually. Hundreds of lifelong learners spent hours studying Talmud, Reading the Bible With and Without Jesus, Current Events, Family Dynamics in Genesis, Texts of Conservative Judaism, Grateful Aging, and Mishnah. 

In the Winter/Spring semester, which begins mid-January, our educational offerings include the return of our Beit Midrash series, Talmud, Modern Hebrew Literature, and Current Events, and expand with new courses on Joy and the Good Life, Living the Texts of our Lives: A Jewish, Catholic Conversation, and a series on Pirkei Avot.

Once again, we are pleased that the majority of our classes can be offered to Chizuk Amuno members at no additional cost. 

Lifelong learning is one of the great joys of Jewish life and we hope that you will join us for a class, or two or many more. See you in class!

B’Shalom,

Rabbi Debi Wechsler

Class questions - contact Judy Simkin jsimkin@chizukamuno.org.


Winter/Spring 2022

Please Note: Classes with an * are free for Chizuk Amuno members.  Community learners (Non-Chizuk Amuno Members) are $10 per class or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes. Registration Links are included with each class.

If you are not a member and interested in signing up for the Unlimited Community Learner Package ($100) you may register here. 

MONDAYS
Mishnah*
Dr. Moshe Shualy
9:30 a.m.  on Zoom

Register here.

TUESDAYS
Beit Midrash*
Tuesdays 7-8 p.m.  January 18-May 3 (no classes April 12 & 19)

View instructors and class breakdowns here
Register here.

Back by popular demand. In this successful series a different teacher each week guides us in study. A Beit Midrash is both a place and an experience. A Beit Midrash literally is a Home of Study, a room filled with Jewish texts traditional and modern. A Beit Midrash is also an experience in which traditional Jewish texts are studied to seek out meaning and understanding.
NEW! The theme for Beit Midrash 2022 will be "Jewish Perspectives of Conflict." Teachers will select biblical, rabbinic, or modern Jewish texts to illuminate approaches to conflict and through these texts will grapple with ideas of reconciliation, grudge bearing, forgiveness, and constructive conflict.  

This year Beit Midrash will have a multi-access format featuring some classes on site and live streamed, and some classes (with teachers outside the Baltimore area) over zoom.
Beit Midrash is generously funded by the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study.

Modern Hebrew Literature*
Dr. Moshe Shualy
12 p.m. 

Register here.

Living the Texts of Our Lives: A Jewish, Catholic Conversation

Rosann M. Catalano, PhD and Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Part I: February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22 (on Zoom)

Cost: $120 for members, $150 for non-members

Part II: May 3, 10, 17, 24  (on Zoom)

Cost: $60 for members, $75 for non-members

Do our sacred stories and prayers speak to us . . . really speak to us? Do they comfort, provoke, and guide us in the everydayness of our lives? Are they worthy and trustworthy companions as we traverse the ups, downs, and in-betweens of our lives?

Come join Ilyse, Rosann, and friends old and new. Together we will study biblical portions of the week, psalms, and prayers, with an eye toward answering the most important of questions: What do they really mean? How do they really matter?

Register here. 


WEDNESDAYS
Grateful Aging*
Judy Meltzer
12-1 p.m. 

Register here.


Let’s join together to share experiences, challenges, insights, and questions about what it means to grow older in today’s world.
Reading materials, including texts in Hebrew/English will be distributed in class.
Our group will be made up of thoughtful, open minded, inquisitive Seniors (your definition) who would like to meet, learn, and get to know and understand ourselves and others.

NEW! Midrash

Rabbi Avram Reisner

5-6 p.m. (on Zoom) Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30 and Apr 6. (No class March 16)

Midrash: The midrashic imagination in interpreting the Bible – some obscure figures the midrash reimagines and a few of the more imaginative tellings of the Biblical tale.

Cost: $50 for members, $100 for non-members

Register for this class here.

THURSDAYS
NEW! Joy and the Good Life in Judaism*
Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Thursdays at 10 a.m. -  January 20 - April 7

Register here. 
Throughout the Jewish canon our teachers and rabbis have mused on what constitutes a good life and what is the nature of joy. In this text based class we’ll explore Biblical, Talmudic, philosophical and Hasidic texts to explore the role of joy in “the good life.”

Current Events*
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg 
Thursdays at 11 a.m. -  January 20 - April 7

Register here. 
 
Pirkei Avot*
6 Thursdays at 11 a.m. -  April 28-June 2

Join Chizuk Amuno Congregation & Schools Clergy for an in depth discussion on Pirkei Avot.

Register here.

ON GOING
SHABBAT*
Afternoon Study Group  on Zoom
Dr. Moshe Shualy 
One hour before
Minhah
Registration will open in December.

Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782