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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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.

We are happy to offer some of our regular classes virtually. These opportunities offer you the option of either calling in on your phone at +1 301 715 8592 and giving the Meeting ID # or clicking on links from your computer, iPad, or iPhone, which will connect you directly to the sessions. Please note: For each unique Zoom ID/link or Judy Simkin .

Fall 2020 Classes

All classes will be taught over Zoom. Register for any class with Judy Simkin Zoom link will be provided following registration and payment where applicable.


Mishnah Class with Dr. Moshe Shualy
@9:30 a.m. (Please Note New Start Time)
Join the class here
**Password will be required**
Meeting ID: 458 669 332

Mussar-the Jewish Ethical Tradition
11:30 a.m. (Beginning October 12th) – Please Note New Start Time)
Teacher: Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice that gives concrete instructions on how to live a meaningful and ethical life. We will delve into Mussar through text, discussion and suggestions for personal practice. Mussar qualities (middot) include things like truth, equanimity, and humility.
Cost: No charge, but registration required


Kol Isha: The Transforming Power of Women’s Voices”
10-11 a.m.
November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 8, 15
Teachers: Rosann M Catalano, PhD and Rabbi Ilyse S Kramer
Both Judaism and Christianity were, from their respective beginnings, founded on a patriarchal structure that systematically silenced, marginalized, and disenfranchised women. One of the hallmarks of contemporary feminist thinkers is their persistent challenge of a status quo in which women have neither place nor power. This course will study some of the biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary texts that have inspired the transformation of these scholars regarding the rightful role of women in synagogue and church.
Cost: $85 Chizuk Members      $110 Guests

@12 p.m. Modern Hebrew Literature with Dr. Moshe Shualy
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5-6 p.m. (Beginning October 14th – December 9th (no class November 25th)
Teacher: Rabbi Avram Reisner
We are going to try something a bit more technical this fall. We will be studying the eighth chapter of Gittin which considers some details of how a gett (divorce) has to be delivered, and what information it must contain. The chapter is a good study in the way the rabbis of the Talmud deconstructed and studied the ramifications of the Mishnah before them.
We will use the Koren-Steinsaltz which has proven very accessible. Those who wish to purchase the volume are welcome to do so, but everyone else may rest assured that we will send you an e-copy of the relevant pages. New and returning students welcome.
Cost: $50 Chizuk Members      $100 Guests


Current Events
10-11 a.m. (Beginning October 15th)
Teacher: Rabbi Josh Gruenberg
Cost: No charge, but registration required


Featured Class: Windows to Israel through poetry 

Twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM, we have been privileged to participate, learn and discuss Israeli poetry with Dr. Rachel Korazim, in classes dedicated to this topic. Rachel is a free lance Jewish education consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. In this Corona time Rachel came up with the idea of creating a forum of Jewish people from around the world that would share this study together. Her thought-provoking talks open a window onto Israeli society, inviting us to engage with the country and its history in new ways. This group includes more than 150 people, mostly from the US, but also from London, Israel, Germany, Argentina and Canada, all connected of course through Zoom. It brought together friends who have not kept in touch with each other for many years. There is also a class in Hebrew once a week on Tuesday at 12:00 PM. Lately Rachel has invited Israeli musicians to play for the group, supporting them in this difficult time. 

Even if reading poetry is not something you would ordinary do, this is an experience you will not want to miss.

More information and to register here.

Join on Zoom.


Yom Kippur – Study Session: “Jews and Whiteness: From Charlottesville to BLM”
Dr. Jennifer Caplan, Assistant Professor of Religion at Towson University (View the recording here)
Yom Kippur  – Study Session: ”Reading Book of Jonah in a World of Corona”
Dr. Andrea Lieber, Professor of Religion & Asbell Chair of Judaic Studies at Dickinson College (View the recording here)
Yom Kippur – Study Session: ”Judaism as Anachronism: What Does it Mean to be Jewish in Times of Crisis” 
Dr. Martin Shuster, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Professorship of Judaics and Justice at Goucher (View the recording here)