Thursday Courses

9:45 AM
JEWISH WISDOM                                                                                      
Rabbi Michael Simon
Using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book Jewish Wisdom, we will study how classical and modern Jewish sources offer us guidance and answers to issues and problems facing our lives and the world
Dates:  Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6286578843  
ZOOM ID: 6286578843

11:00 AM
TORAH STUDY
Rabbi Howard Shub
This is a weekly class in which Rabbi Shub will discuss the highlights of the weekly Parshah (Torah Portion) We will be studying the second part of the triennial Torah reading.
Dates: Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7066093116?pwd=TXRSbkNEQU9JbjdHcHZ3ODEyVWxzQT09
Zoom ID: 706 609 3116 Password: 561967

1:15 PM
SELF-REFLECTION THROUGH THE TEXT
Cantor Judith Ovadia
Using the text to explore ares of our own selves. Where does tradition point us? What opporutnities for growth may we find? How can we improve our relationships? How cad we use our Jewish texts to learn and develop as human being?
Dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: https://zoom.us/j/94692298572?pwd=MXdyR1FYQ2l6aEhIcnpmOTgvblNqZz09
ZOOM ID: 946 9229 8572 Password: MAINROOM

1:00 PM
THE JEWISH DEFINITION OF JEWS AND JUDAISM
Dr. Stanley J. Isser
Who and what is Jewish? Lasting Issues from the Bible to the Present Each of the issues below could be the subject of an entire course, but we will resent for discussion a limited number of specific examples of interest for each (not necessarily the commonly known ones.) Who can be a Jew? Inclusivism and exclusivism from the Torah onward. Are there boundaries to legitimate Judaism? Pluralism; adaptation vs. assimilation; secularism. Are Jews special? Sacred vs. secular history.
Dates: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11
Location: https://zoom.us/j/98152075847?pwd=b053cEZJZXVXNUkycUVBMEp5UENUdz09
ZOOM ID: 981 5207 5847 Password: AdjlcROOM2

1:00 PM
MODERN QUESTIONS, ANCIENT ANSWERS/ FOUR DISCUSSIONS
Howard Lynne
Abraham: What Can We Learn from a Man Who Lived 4,000 Years Ago
Who was Abraham? What kind of person was he? How did he become the first “Jew”? What can we learn from him? These and many more questions will be explored as we delve into the life of Abraham using the Torah, Midrash, and other sources. DECEMBER 3
Sarah: Her Life, Her Struggles, Her Role as Our First Matriarch
Imagine being married to a man Like Abraham. How did she manage to be his partner? She had to make many serious decisions with and for Abraham. How well did she do? How did she manage her household? What was her role in raising her son Isaac? Is she the cause of the conflict between Jews and Palestinians because of her treatment of Hagar and Ishmael? The Torah, Midrash, and other sources will be our guides. DECEMBER 10
On the Doorstep of Civilization: Artificial Intelligence Paving the Way Forward? Will computers rule our lives? Will robots do everything for us? Will smartphone apps be the answer to our needs, our wishes? Will Zager & Evans 1969 hit song “In the Year 2525” be realized much sooner than they predicted and what does this mean for us? We’ll explore technological advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence, mistakes made along the way, and what the future bodes. DECEMBER 17
Martin Luther King Jr. & Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel * Join me in our search for a more perfect world, where these two spiritual giants of vastly different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds somehow came together to “make the world a better place”. We’ll study the beliefs and actions of these two inspiring religious leaders and how we can honor their legacies through our own personal and community efforts. JANUARY 14 * 2 PM
Dates: Dec. 3, 10, 17 Jan. 14 (this class meets at 2 PM)
Location: https://zoom.us/j/91053494148?pwd=VXZ4M05FZUtXc29WVmJtQ3BTM2d4UT09
ZOOM ID: 910 5349 4148 Password: AdjlcROOM1

1:00 PM
AN INTRODUCTION TO TALMUD
Rabbi Howard Hoffman
An introduction for those who are curious about this formative document of Jewish civilization. Who wrote the Talmud? What does it contain? What was the cultural background which produced it? Who are “the Rabbis” and what were they attempting in their work? What does it look like to open a page of Talmud? A dive into the literature and how it is experienced by its learners. Traditional methods and modern tools will guide us as we look at how the book was put together and what modern studies have told us about its meaning. A sample halachic suggya (legal discussion). It is not about deciding a law. How we might live with the divine and others. A sample aggadic suggya (theological/narrative discussion). How to make sense of our lives in conversation with the divine and our memories.
Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: https://zoom.us/j/91053494148?pwd=VXZ4M05FZUtXc29WVmJtQ3BTM2d4UT09
ZOOM ID: 910 5349 4148 Password: AdjlcROOM1

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SEPHARDIC FILM SERIES
Rose Pappo Allen
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Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

7:00 PM
RESPONSA IN THE JEWISH TRADITION
Rabbi Anthony Fratello
In this survey class we will consider both historical and modern examples and see how Halakhah grows through the process of Jews asking questions and Rabbis giving answers.
Dates: Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Jan. 14, Feb. 18
Location: https://zoom.us/j/94692298572?pwd=MXdyR1FYQ2l6aEhIcnpmOTgvblNqZz09
ZOOM ID: 946 9229 8572 Password: MAINROOM

7:00 PM
OVERCOMING ANXIETY
Dr. Gina Harris
Dr. Harris will spend some time intensively exploring the world of anxiety that we are living in during this Covid age. Why has it become so epidemic in this contemporary culture? How can it be effectively overcome? Under her guidance the participants will take the journey from the consultation room to home and workplace. Some of the most effective techniques such as systematic desensitization, behavioral rehearsal and hypnosis will be explored as means to overcome the pernicious effects of anxiety and the functioning of both children and adults. Demonstrations will be offered as part of the classes.
Dates: Nov. 5, 12, Dec. 3, 10
Location: https://zoom.us/j/94692298572?pwd=MXdyR1FYQ2l6aEhIcnpmOTgvblNqZz09
ZOOM ID: 946 9229 8572 Password: MAINROOM

7:00 PM
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER- What You Should Know
Dr. Gina Harris
Dr. Harris will present a special lecture about Attention Deficit Disorder, a problem that affects an estimated 25 million people. Children, adolescents and even adults can fall on the academic waste pile because they are overcome with the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder. Untreated, this disorder can have an untold cost in the possibilities and productivity of students. Dr. Harris will review how this has been treated in the past, and
symptoms that caring families should watch for. She will also discuss current treatments and upcoming treatments. Time will be allotted for questions.
Date: February 4
Location: https://zoom.us/j/94692298572?pwd=MXdyR1FYQ2l6aEhIcnpmOTgvblNqZz09
ZOOM ID: 946 9229 8572 Password: MAINROOM

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