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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 .

Spring 2021 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
Taught by Dr. Shualy
@9:30 a.m.
Register with Judy Simkin


Modern Hebrew Literature Class
Taught by Dr. Shualy
@ noon
Register with Judy Simkin

Current Events
Taught by Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
@10-11 a.m.
Register with Judy Simkin

Israel Programming in April

“The Cause of Human Equality: The Civil Rights Legacy of Rabbi israel Goldman”
Mildred and Rabbi Israel M. Goldman Memorial Lecture 
Taught by Jan Schein, Chizuk Amuno Archivist and Historian

Sunday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
on Zoom: Meeting ID: 470 397 2786


Michtevai Yoni– The Letters of Yoni
Taught by Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
Wednesdays, April 21, 28  at 7-8 p.m.

On 4th July, 1976, an Air France flight was hijacked, and 103 passengers, many of them Israeli citizens, were taken hostage in Entebbe, Uganda. The story of their rescue has become legend, and Lt.-Col. Jonathan Netanyahu, who led the operation and was killed during its execution, has become a modern-day hero. As the world struggles with the barbarity of terrorism, the story of Entebbe, and Jonathan Netanyahu’s role in it, are an inspiring and moving testimony to the ideals of democracy and freedom. The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu (Gefen Publishing, 2001) is a collection of personal letters penned by Netanyahu over a period of thirteen years, from high school in Philadelphia to the raid at Entebbe. Yoni, as he was known to family, friends, and the Israeli nation, is revealed as a devoted and serious man, deeply dedicated to his country and the soldiers under his command.

Join us as we examine some of these letters and learn about this hero, his place in Israeli history and the unending hold he has on his younger brother, the longest serving prime in Israeli history.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Turning Points in Historical and Modern Israel
Taught by Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Mondays, April 19, 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Each week we will examine a different turning point in Israel’s history and the development of Zionism. Attend all three or drop in for one.

Register in advance for this class: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Being part of a group
Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m.
Led by Yam & Ofir, Chizuk Amuno’s Shinshinim
Topics covered:
  • Young-Adulthood compared to the USA
  • Growing up in Israel
  • Youth movements and its effect on this population
  • The Israeli Defense Forces
Register in advance for this class here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Yom Haatzmaut Israeli Sing-Along with Cantor Herman
Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
On Zoom: Meeting ID: 851 8719 1711


Reading The Bible with and without Jesus
Taught by Rosann M Catalano, PhD and Rabbi Ilyse S Kramer
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
May 4, 11, 25, June 1, 8, 15
Cost: $85 Members   |  $110 Non Members

This six-week mini-course offers participants the opportunity to read and discuss selections from Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z Brettler’s newest entry into the Jewish/Christian conversation. The Bible with and without Jesus guides the reader through well-known passages from the Tanakh that were also important to the writers of the New Testament, passages which Jews read as the story of Israel and the Jewish people, while Christians see in those same texts the story of Jesus Christ and the Church. The Bible with and without Jesus is an eminently readable book that challenges Jews and Christians to replace a history of caricature and polemic against the other with one of understanding and mutual respect.

Since the book will be our main text for study and discussion, we ask participants to please purchase a copy. Contact Judy Simkin, for registration.


Beit Midrash Schedule 2021

Beit Midrash returns for the third year. Generously funded by a grant from the Hoffberger Endowment Fund for Torah Education , this year’s organizing theme will be “Jewish Great Books”. Each week a talented teacher will introduce us to a different book in its context, encapsulate the content of the book including teaching a text from it, and most importantly describe its “greatness” or why it is important in the Jewish canon. While students are encouraged to join us for the whole series, each class may also be attended individually.

Tuesdays 7 p.m.

April 13
Rabbi Steve Heneson Moskowitz on Maimonides’ Guide to the Perplexed

April 20
Dr. Benjamin Sax on Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath

April 27
Rabbi Adam Naftalin Kelman on The Dignity of Difference by Jonathan Sacks

May 4
Rabbi Iscah Waldman on Midrash Rabbah

May 11
Rabbi Mickey Safra on the Talmud