Tuesday Courses

10:30 AM
JEWISH HISTORY ALIVE – PART 2
Rabbi Howard Shub
To understand what it means to be Jewish today and to look into the Jewish future, it is imperative for us to know Jewish history. This is a continuation of the class that explored the origins of the Jewish people in biblical period, the middle ages, the new world and modern times.(attendance in last year’s class not required)
Dates: Jan. 7,14, 21, 28
Location:  Temple Beth Tikvah

11AM – 12:30 PM
VIVA LADINO
Facilitated by Dianne Mortensen and Miriam Behar
A language study group for Ladino, which is based on medieval Castilian Spanish with words and phrases from lands of Sephardic history – Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, French, Greek and Italian. This is a fun, classroom-setting activity using a variety of instructional and cultural resources to gain or improve one’s skills at reading, writing and speaking the Ladino language. Knowledge of Spanish helpful.
Dates: Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 12, 26, Dec. 10, 17, Jan.14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

12:00 PM
PIRKE AVOT
Rabbi Anthony Fratello
Pirkei Avot: the Rabbis’ Approach to the Ethics of Everyday.  We will begin reading through this classic work of piety and discover how the ancient wisdom still relates to a world that is so very different.
Dates: Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb.  4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 31
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

  • 1:15 PM
    SACRED CHOICE: “Therefore Choose Life”
    Rabbi Richard Address
    Jewish texts underscore that we have choices to make throughout our life. These choices become even more powerful as we age. We will examine three key personal issues that many of us face, and look at how our tradition approaches them.
    1 – The choice for God: Which God do we believe in (Exodus 3)
    2 – Making sacred choices as life concludes. (Deuteronomy 29-30
    3 – Holding on and letting go. (Genesis 12)
    Dates: Feb. 11, 18, 25
    Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

1:30 PM
INSIGHTS INTO THE JEWISH PSYCHE: Character Portraits of Moses to Shylock to Tevye — encapsulated in Time
Rabbi David Barnett
This course features an examination into core aspects of character as depicted in Jewish literature, starting from Moses in the Bible, to Shylock from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, to Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof”.  By examining original texts and source material, as well as commentaries, key insights into character, moral posture, and Jewish essence will be gleaned.
Dates: Nov, 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17 Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Temple Torat Emet

1:30 PM
THE ABC’S OF OPERA
Margaret Schmidt
In this class, taught by former Cantorial Soloist of Temple Sinai, students will discuss three of the most frequently performed operas, “Aida”, “La Boheme” and “Carmen.” We will explore the background and plot and then listen to highlights of each opera.
Dates: Jan 14, 21, 28
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

2:30 PM
THE BOOK OF GENESIS (Beireshit)
Fran Townes
We will read and study this book of the Torah line by line using an English translation with commentaries from the Plaut Torah book along with commentaries by Rashi. Students can bring in other translation and commentaries to add to the discussion
Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

7:00 PM
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
Rabbi Michael Simon

A study of the history of Islam, its major tenets, beliefs and observances as well as selected passages from the Koran
Dates: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 19
Location: Temple Beth Kodesh