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

Past Sessions
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 5 Kislev 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 21 Cheshvan 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 14 Cheshvan 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 7 Cheshvan 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 30 Tishrei 5783 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Zoom


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Please contact Sarah Jacobs  if you have additional questions.


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

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


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

10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/29, 12/6

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.

NEW! Jewish Rituals
with Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg, 7pm via zoom

In this course we will look at rabbinic sources and engage in deep discussion around the rituals of the following subjects:
November - 1: Prayer, 8: Marriage, 15: Mikvah, 29: Blessings (Berachot),
December - 6: End of Life, 13: New Rituals

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


NEW! Exploring the Bible: Beginning in Genesis
with Dr. Barry Gittlen, 11 a.m. on site

In this brief course, we revisit narratives of the beginning - Creation, Flood, Abraham, Lot’s Daughters, Water-Well Tales, Jacob & Tamar. We will inquire about the nature of ancient Israelite thought and theology and the meaning of these narratives within their time and place.
November - 2, 9,16, 30
December - 7, 14, 21

Grateful Aging
with Judy Meltzer, 12-1pm 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 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.

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

NEW! Prophecy in Song: Prophetic Messages in American Folk and Popular Music
with Cantor Randy Herman, 1-2pm on site & via livestream

Popular American folk music in the 20th century, along with reggae music and even top-40 pop hits, were filled with prophetic imagery rooted in the Tanakh.  From Negro spirituals to Simon & Garfunkel to Bob Marley and many more, the Prophets in both style and content made their way into many well-known & beloved songs. We will explore the Jewish roots of prophetic messages found in popular music.
November - 9, 16 and 30

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


NEW! The Thursday Double Feature, Beginning October 27:

Cash, Coin, & Ca-Ching: Jewish Perspectives on Money
with Rabbi Debi Wechsler, 10-11am on site & via livestream

Over the millennia of Jewish history, many different attitudes have been held towards poverty and wealth. In this text-based class (texts are all available in English) we will explore the Jewish principles behind money including tzedakah, public welfare, philanthropy, capital investments, and distribution of wealth.

Current Events & Modern Issues from a Rabbinic Perspective
with Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg, 11am-12pm on site & via livestream

Part 1 (Current Events): We will discuss current events facing America and Israel.  Both countries will be voting for new governments within one week.  What are the implications for our world and our community?  The last part of the class will focus on Jewish approaches to three big-ticket issues in our country. 
Part 2 (Modern Issues from a Rabbinic Perspective): December: 1 - Abortion, 8 - Gay marriage, and 15 - Economy

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

with Rabbi Avram Reisner, 5pm via zoom

We have been off the derekh for a while, and it is time to get back to Talmud. Perek Elu Metziot, the second chapter of Bava Metzia, asks the question: Should you undertake to return a lost article that you find to its owner, or, contrariwise, may you keep it? And if you must attempt to return it, what can you reasonably be asked to do; how far must you go? Practical questions in search of practical answers. Many students start Talmud study here, because the chapter is a good showcase for Talmudic logic. We will start looking at the Mishna, then dive into the gemara that seeks to explicate its implications.
October: 20, 27
November: 10, 17
December: 1, 8, 15


Looking to register for our Winter and Spring Classes? Follow the link below:
Winter/Spring (January - May 2023) - Stulman Center for Adult Learning Registration
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