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Exploring the Bible: Patriarchs, Sons, and Lovers

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, February 8, 2023 17 Shevat 5783

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLibrary/Beit Midrash

2. Wednesday, February 15, 2023 24 Shevat 5783

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLibrary/Beit Midrash

3. Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1 Adar 5783

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLibrary/Beit Midrash

4. Wednesday, March 1, 2023 8 Adar 5783

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLibrary/Beit Midrash
Past Sessions
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10 Shevat 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Library/Beit Midrash
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 3 Shevat 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Library/Beit Midrash
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 25 Tevet 5783 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Library/Beit Midrash

In this course we revisit narratives of patriarchs, sons and lovers. We will inquire about the nature of ancient Israelite thought and theology and the meaning of these narratives within their time and place. New and returning students are both welcome.

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*If you are a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools, we encourage you to sign in to your account before making your gift, this will allow you to bill your pledge to your account.
Please contact Sarah Jacobs  if you have additional questions.


Mondays

Mishnah 
with Dr. Moshe Shualy, 9:30am via zoom

*There is no charge for this class, however registration is required.


Tuesdays

Living in the Texts of Our lines: a Jewish, Catholic Conversation
with Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer and Rosann M. Catalano, PhD., 10-11:30am via zoom

1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21

4/18,4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23


Modern Hebrew Literature Class
with Dr. Moshe Shualy, 12pm via zoom

*There is no charge for this class, however registration is required.


Beit Midrash - 7 p.m. on zoom

The theme for Beit Midrash 2023 will be “My Favorite Jewish Text: Why It’s Important to Me and Why it Should be Important to You.” Teachers will select biblical, rabbinic, or modern Jewish texts to share, and through these texts will illuminate what they think are the most foundational Jewish ideas. 


January 17 - Rabbi Gus Buchdahl - The Book of Job
January 24 - Rabbi Dini Lewittes - Smashing the Tablets: the case for Jewish peoplehood
January 31 - Rabbi Menachem - Creditor The impeachment of Rabban Gamliel
February 7 - Rabbi Ariana Katz - Yitro’s Teachings of Multi-Faith Families and Burnout
February 14 - Rabbi Josh Heller - The Miracle of the Pre-Shabbat Salad Tongs Pesachim 54a
February 21 - Rabbi Avi Strausberg - Creating Worlds and Beginning Again
February 28 - Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro - Megillat Esther
March 14 - Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg - The Prophecy of Micah and its Modern Implications
March 21 - Rabbi Lia Bass - Sefer Yetzirah
March 28 - Rabbi Debi Wechsler - Jewish Attitudes on Time  Avodah Zara 3b

*There is no charge for this class, however registration is required.


Wednesdays

NEW! A View from the Middle East
with Avi Melamed, 10am via zoom


In the third decade of the twenty-first century, the Middle East is entering a new era. The era is both defined by, and a result of, a combination of ancient and modern, domestic, regional, and international processes. Iran and Turkey each strive to position themselves as regional superpower. In parallel, the people of the region struggle to overcome increasing domestic challenges.

This eight-session course will take you on an eye-opening journey through the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East today, challenges common Western concepts, narratives, and theories, and provides predictions about some of the most central regional issues of the day. This distinct understanding allows you to build a multidimensional picture of the geopolitical reality of the Middle East today and provides an unparalleled foundation for navigating the events of tomorrow. The new era we are entering is fraught with challenges and full of opportunities. Is it a new dawn? Or is it a setting sun?
January: 18, 25
February: 1, 8, 15, 22
March: 1, 8


Biblical Patriarchs: Sons and Lovers
with Dr. Barry Gittlen, 11 a.m. on site

Cost for members $105 Cost for Non-Members $140 In this brief course we revisit the Patriarchal Narratives of Genesis. Highlights will include familial and international struggles, familial fructification, the narrative role of famine and water. We will inquire about the nature of ancient Israelite thought and theology and the meaning of these narratives within their time and place. New and returning students are both welcome.

January 18 - March 1


Grateful Aging
with Judy Meltzer, 12-1 p.m. on site


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 consist of thoughtful, open-minded, inquisitive Seniors (your definition) who would like to meet, learn, and get to know and understand ourselves and others.

Every Wednesday, October 26 - June 2023
*There is no charge for this class, however registration is required.


Thursdays

The Thursday Double Feature beginning January 19-March 30:
with Rabbi Debi Wechsler, 10-11am on site & via livestream
with Rabbi Joshua Gruenbeberg, 11am-12pm onsite & via livesteam

*There is no charge for this class, however registration is required.


Pirkei Avot
Joint Class with Beth El Congregation
11am -12pm, on site & via livestream


Pirkei Avot is one of the best-known and most repeated Jewish texts. This favorite tractate of the Mishna is composed of universal, ethical teachings of the Rabbis and is traditionally studied between Pesah and Shavuot.

April: 20, 27 at Chizuk Amuno
May: 4, 11 & 18 at Beth El

*There is no charge for this class, however registration is required

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