Thursday Courses

9:45 AM
Rabbi Michael Simon
An examination and discussion of Jewish ethical issues using sources and topics from “A Code of Jewish Ethics” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Dates: Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar.  5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Temple Beth Kodesh

11:00 AM
Rabbi Howard Shub
This is a weekly class in which Rabbi Shub will discuss the highlights of the weekly Parsha (Torah Portion)
Dates: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar.  5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Temple Beth Tikvah

1:00 PM
Rabbi Howard Hoffman
In this class, we will examine the book of Psalms with emphasis on the following: David’s 72 Psalms, Shirei Hama’alot: Psalms of Ascent and their time and agenda, the psalms of Hallel and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Dates: Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

1:00 PM
Dr. Stanley J. Isser
Dr. Isser is Professor Emeritus of Judaic and Religious Studies at SUNY, Albany. The class will examine King David: Hero, founding father, rogue, tragic figure, messianic model — David in the light of contemporary history, archaeology, and literature.  Biblical texts, mostly from I Samuel to I Kings 2, will be read and discussed in class. Students should bring a bible to class; any translation will work.
Dates: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Rose Pappo Allen
This film series examines some of the little known places in the world where wandering communities and individuals of Sephardic descent took root.  Discussion about the films spans the broadest understanding of what constitutes Sephardic and Mizrahi culture. This year’s series will also examine Sephardim in America.  Each film viewing will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a question and answer period.
Nov. 21, 2019 “From Toledo to Jerusalem”
Three part musical history of Sephardi Jews from the Spanish expulsion until their return to Israeli homeland. Narrated and sung by Yoram Gaon
Dec. 19, 2019 “Carvalho’s Journey”
Gorgeous documentary of 19th century American West photographer, Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina and his incredible adventure with Fremont’s 1853 Fifth Westward Expedition.
Jan. 23, 2020 “From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza”
2019 worldwide Jewish Film Festival favorite, this film tells the story of the discovery and significance of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts hidden for centuries in the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo.
*A $5 donation is requested to cover the expense of this exciting new film.
Feb. 20, 2020 “To the Ends of the Earth: A Portrait of Jewish San Diego”
Compelling story of American Frontier Jews as they began arriving in San Diego in 1850 when it was a small pueblo in the remote southwest corner of the U.S.  First person accounts by descendants of early Jewish pioneers.
Mar. 19, 2020 “Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico”
Passionate film celebrates New Mexico’s unique Jewish community representing five waves of Settlement, including Conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos and the counter-culture of the 1960s.
Dates: Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan.23, Feb. 20, Mar. 19
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

2:30 PM
Estelle Morganstern
From immigration to acceptance, from integration to assimilation – a review of the Jewish experience in America from 1654 to 2019.  We will take a fascinating look at the part that Jews have played in the economy, social life and politics of this great land for more than 350 years of American history.
Dates: Jan 9, 16, 23,  30, Feb 6
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

7:00 PM
Rabbi Anthony Fratello
Why are the Jewish Holidays either “early” or “late?” Are all the holidays listed in the Torah? What are the historical and agricultural reasons for the holidays? Are some holidays more important than others? Find out the answers to these questions and many more as we explore our rich holiday cycle.
Dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Jan. 23, Feb. 27
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

7:00 PM
Herb Cohen
In this class you will learn many early dances of Israel as well as more contemporary ones. The class is for both beginners and those who with some experience. Participants will be provided with a CD that includes the music for all the dances taught.
Dates: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 5, 12, 19.26
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom