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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.

For more information and the upcoming schedule of classes, please call Doris Tanhoff at 410-486-6400 ext. 288

The Munitz Library

Located in our Library Beit Midrash, the Munitz Library supports adult learning at Chizuk Amuno with a variety of books, periodicals, and videos of Jewish content available for loan.


2019  Winter/Spring Courses for Adults

To register, please call Doris Tanhoff at the Stulman Center at 410-486-6400 ext. 288 or email dtanhoff@chizukamuno.org

Classes are listed below. Come learn with us! Classes are for Chizuk Amuno members. (Unless otherwise noted.) Community learners $10 per class or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes.

View the 2019 Winter/Spring Course Brochure (PDF)

 

Monday

Jewish History
Dr. Moshe D. Shualy
Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
(On-going class)
Free for Chizuk Amuno members Community learners $10 per class
or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes
An intensive examination of classic formative issues: How did the synagogue come to be? How was the Torah canonized? What major changes took place after 586 BCE and 70 CE? What is the difference between Torah and Mishnah? Why did prophecy cease after 586 BCE? Can we still talk to God? Can we prove it?

NEW! How Jewish Law Develops in the Conservative Movement
Rabbi Paul D. Schneider
Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
January 7 – March 18
No class on January 21, January 28, February 11 and February 18
Free for Chizuk Amuno members Community learners $10 per class
or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes
This class, which is a continuation of the fall course, Sixty Years of Tradition and Change, will examine select decisions of the Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards (CJLS). Among the topics to be discussed are the following:

  • Providing References for Schools or Jobs
  • Computer Privacy and the Modern Workplace
  • Work, Workers and the Jewish Owner
  • A Statement on gambling
  • Whistleblowing: The Requirement to Report Employer Wrongdoing.
  • Is a “K” Kosher?
  • On the Use of all Wines
  • Tattooing and Body Piercing
  • Assisted Suicide
  • May a Mausoleum be Used for Jewish Burial?

Tuesday

NEW! Beit Midrash
Cohort of Teachers & Special Guests
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
January 15 – May 14, 2019

In this introductory year we are pleased to offer this series at no cost to our Chizuk Amuno members. Should you wish to make a contribution to help support Adult Education at Chizuk Amuno, it would be welcome.

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. Those who come to the Beit Midrash are active learners with varying degrees of familiarity with text study, Hebrew language, and Jewish knowledge. Judaism imagines relationships between people mediated by text as groups of learners work together to wrestle with a text until it yields blessing.

January 15 – Rabbi Shai Held
January 22 – Rabbi Debi Wechsler
January 29 – Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
February 5 – Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky
February 12 – Dr. Benjamin Sax
February 19 – Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe
February 26 – Rabbi Ben Shalva
March 5 – Rabbi Gus Buchdahl
March 12 – Rabbi Marci Aronchick
March 19 – Zack Wiener
March 26 – TBA
April 2 – Rabbi Debi Wechsler
April 9 – Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
April 30 – Dr. Barry Gittlen
May 7 – TBA
May 14 – TBA

Post Biblical Judaism
Dr. Moshe D. Shualy
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m.
(On-going class)
Free for Chizuk Amuno members Community learners $10 per class
or $100 for unlimited clergy and
staff classes

Study of the text, history, and philosophy
of the Post Biblical Era. Reading knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

NEW! Teach Us to Treasure Each Day: Rituals & Liturgies Surrounding Death
Rabbi Ilyse Kramer and
Rosann M. Catalano, PhD
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Spring 2019 – May 7, 14, 21, 28;
June 4, 11, 18
Fee: $150 CA Members;
$180 Community Participants

Jews and Christians each have distinctive ways of celebrating life and of honoring the dead. This course explores the themes of reverence for life, time, and creation that are fundamental to the ritual prayers and liturgies for the dead that are central to the Jewish and Christian traditions. Sessions will include a study of taharah (ritual purification of the body), shmirah (escorting the body), anointing of the sick, funeral liturgy, and burial practices.

Wednesday

NEW! “Talking Books” – Talking to Books that Talk to Us
Judy Meltzer and Helen Lewis
Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
January 16; February 27;
March 13; May 15
Free for Chizuk Amuno members
Community learners $10 per class
or $100 for unlimited clergy and
staff classes

Join us in reading and discussing outstanding short stories about Jewish characters who were shaped by the forces of history. Coffee plus treat.

Required: The un-Americans by Mary Antopol

 

Talmud Class – “Yoma
Rabbi Avram Reisner
Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.
January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, & April 3, 10, 17
Fee: $50 Chizuk Amuno members /
$100 community learners per semester

This year we will study Yoma – Chapter 8 of the Talmud. “Yoma” means “the day” and is a reference to Yom Kippur. This chapter addresses the rules of “afflicting yourself” on Yom Kippur followed by a general consideration of repentance. This is a new chapter and class is not dependent on previous participation. Newcomers are welcome to join.

We will present the text in Hebrew/Aramaic with my full translation, and you will have before you both the Hebrew/Aramaic text and the translation offered by Adin Steinsaltz, as well as his notes.

Thursday

Current Events
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Beginning January 17 – March 14

Free for Chizuk Amuno members
Community learners $10 per class or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes

You may or may not know that Rabbi Gruenberg was a political science major in college, and actually thought about going into politics. Naturally like all failed politicians, he became a pulpit rabbi. In the Jewish tradition, Civil Discourse has always been an ethos. In fact, given the political climate in America today, modelling civil discourse is an art that Jewish communities can practice to serve as a light unto the nations. Join Rabbi Gruenberg for a discussion on the hottest topics and issues facing society today. We will discuss Israel, the United States, and all things political refracted through the lens of Jewish values and focusing on the future of the relationship between these historic allies. This will be a fun and spirited class open to all, with the only rules being respectful listening and no interrupting.

 

MISHNAH
Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Beginning January 17 – March 14

Free for Chizuk Amuno members
Community learners $10 per class or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes

Mishnah is the “other half” of the Torah received by Moses at Sinai. This concentrated book of Jewish law will be our guide as we wander through Seder Moed, the Order of the Mishnah concerning holidays. This is a text class and texts will be presented in both Hebrew and English. Beginners are most welcome.

 

Pirkei Avot
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & June 6
Free for Chizuk Amuno members
Community learners $10 per class or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes

Pirkei Avot is one of the best known and most repeated of Jewish texts. This favorite tractate of the Mishna is composed of universal, ethical teachings of the Rabbis and famous for such maxims as “If I am only for myself, who am I?” (1:14) and “Say little and do much” (1:15).

 

Hazak Luncheons and Programs
Rabbi Paul D. Schneider
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
January 31; February 28;
March 28 and May 2 (Yom HaShoah)
Fee: $10 per person for each luncheon/program

Join Rabbi Schneider and your HAZAK friends for a delicious lunch and interesting program on the last Thursday of each month.

RSVP to Doris Tanhoff in the Stulman Center Office (410-486-6400, x-288) or dtanhoff@chizukamuno.org.

Shabbat

Shabbat Afternoon Study
Dr. Moshe Shualy
Every Shabbat afternoon before Minhah, time changes weekly
Refer to the HaHodesh and/or our website for times
No Fee
In an intimate setting, we learn about the weekly Torah portion, holidays, and what is on your mind. There is no better way to conclude Shabbat. Come, join, and enjoy.

Sunday

NEW! Book Chats
Led by Karen Desser
Sundays. 10 a.m.
Fee: $5 Chizuk Amuno members/
$10 community learners
Add a few more books to your night table and then come discuss them with us on Sunday mornings. We will read and converse on several works of Contemporary Israeli Fiction. Indulge your passion for reading and explore the issues raised by modern Israeli writers.
February 24
April 7

 

Upcoming Events

February 19, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

February 24, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

BOOK CHATS - Led by Karen Desser
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

February 26, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

February 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"A BORROWED IDENTITY" - Israel Engagement Committee- Movie
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

February 28, 2019
11:30 am - 12:45 pm

February Hazak Lunch Program - Arnold Honkofsky
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

March 5, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

March 12, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

March 19, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

March 26, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

April 2, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Beit Midrash (A Place for Study)
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208