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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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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.


2018  Fall/Winter 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.

Full Course Brochure available here.

Monday

Jewish History
Dr. Moshe D. Shualy
Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
(On-going class)
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! Sixty Years of Tradition and Change
Rabbi Paul D. Schneider
Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
October 15 – December 17, 2018
During 1958, Rabbi Mordecai Waxman published the volume that defined Conservative Judaism at the time. It was called Tradition and Change. Anyone who wanted to know about the movement and where it stood on major issues was directed to that book.
In the 60 years since publication of Tradition and Change, Conservative Judaism has confronted the very same issues that have challenged societal norms in general. At every juncture, the movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has struggled with the tension between tradition and change addressing issues including egalitarianism and sexuality.
Through the lens of the deliberations of the Law Committee, this course will examine some of these monumental changes.


Tuesday

Post Biblical Judaism
Dr. Moshe D. Shualy
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m.
(On-going class)

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

NEW! Joseph:  The Early Years
Rabbi Stuart Seltzer
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. (limited to 20 class members)
October 9 – December 18, 2018

Joseph story takes place over the last 4 Torah portions of the book of Genesis. This class will study the first of these Torah portions, “Vayeshev,” which introduces the reader to Joseph and his brothers. In this first of four “family albums” we will look closely at Joseph’s colored coat, his dreams of grandeur, his sale into slavery, his servitude in Potiphar’s house, and his imprisonment in the royal jail. Through “snapshots” of Joseph’s life during his early years before his ascent to power in Egypt, we will study the details provided and speculate about the details that are omitted. Through various rabbinic and modern commentators, and our own imagination, we will explore human nature, behavior, and relationships. We will use the original Hebrew text, as well as various English translations.

NEW! Teach Us to Treasure Each Day: Rituals and 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.

NEW! Current Events
Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
October 9, 16, 23, 30;
November 6 & 13, 2018

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.

NEW! Jewish History
Dr. Andrea Lieber
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
November 20 & 27,
December 4, 11, 18, 2018
Fee: $36 Chizuk Amuno members/
$50 community

More information coming soon.

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 – theologian, scholar, and educator; President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar, where he also directs the Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas. Author of The Heart of Torah.
January 22 – Rabbi Debi Wechsler
January 29 – Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
February 5 – Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky – dean List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Associate Professor of Bible. Author of
Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible.

With dates continuing into May.

Wednesday

NEW! “Talking Books” – Talking to Books that Talk to Us
Judy Meltzer and Helen Lewis
Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
2018: October 10; November 7; December 5;
2019: January 16; February 27; March 13; May 15

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.
October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 28; December 5, 12, 19, 2018
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.

NEW! Navigating Trope (Cantillation)
Cantor Joel Lichterman
Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.
5 Sessions:  October 17 thru November 14, 2018

Have you been tempted to chant Torah or a Haftarah on a birthday, Bar Mitzvah or other anniversary? … in honor of family or friends? …or simply acquire and apply a new skill? … but you’re unsure of where and how to begin? Together, let’s discover how this ancient, ingenious system of punctuation, melody and more is an easily accessible means to achieving your goal!

Surprise yourself. Together we can do it!

 

Thursday

NEW! Current Events
Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg
Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Beginning October 11, 2018

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 October 11, 2018

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.

 

Hazak Luncheons and Programs
Rabbi Paul D. Schneider
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
2018: October 25; November 29; December 20
2019: 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. Sign up today so you’ll receive information on each month’s event.

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, 9:15 a.m.
Beginning October 28, 2018

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.

October 28, 2018
The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari
December 2, 2018
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
February 24, 2019
TBA
April 7, 2019
TBA

Books may be purchased at the Chizuk Amuno Sisterhood Judaic gift shop and are provided by The Ivy Bookshop.

Registration Questions:
Contact Doris Tanhoff, Executive Assistant – Stulman Center for Adult Learning – (410-486-6400, x-288)
or email dtanhoff@chizukamuno.org

Upcoming Events

October 25, 2018
11:30 am - 2:30 pm