Wednesday Courses

9:30 AM
Rabbi Michael Klein
A survey course covering the historical highlights and main events of the exciting books from the Prophets and the Writings, featuring all the main characters and events from the time of entrance to the land of
Israel until the events which led to the Babylonian exile in 586BCE. Discussion and questions are encouraged!
Dates: Nov. 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, March 3, 10, 17

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10:30 AM
Lynne Lieberman
Why is the willingness to sacrifice one’s child one of the quintessential models of faith for the three main world religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam—why not the passionate protection of the child instead? What could be the shape of our society had that been the supreme model of faith instead? Explore multiple interpretations of the story of the binding of Isaac while looking at the continuing artistic, musical and literary interpretations of this story and their impact on our contemporary society through an anthropological lens. Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24
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1:00 PM
Dr. Gina Harris
This course will introduce you to an owner’s manual for the brain. The goal is to help participants learn the innovations from biology, psychology, and science to help keep your brain in mint condition.
Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 25 Dec. 9  PLEASE CHECK DATES!!
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1:00 PM
Rabbi Alan Cohen
Ruth Calderon’s book A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales provides a window into the Rabbinic world of home and family relations with 17 brief texts from the Talmud and other Rabbinic sources. In year two of our study of this work, we will continue with our look into this window of life, the home, the study hall and the tensions between husband and wife, teacher and student. Come join me for this adventure. Dates: Feb. 3, 10, 24 Mar. 3
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2:30 pm
Facilitated by Natalie Levine and Avraham Horowitz, Ph.D.
We will read and discuss books written about Israel or by Israeli Authors.

November 18: A Rich Brew, How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture, by Shachar M. Pinsker, New York University Press, 2018. Facilitator: Rabbi William Marder
A masterful documentation of the impact of café life on Jewish culture focused on six cities: Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin, New York and Tel Aviv/Jaffa.

December 16 – The War of Return, How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream has Obstructed the Path to Peace, by Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf, translated by Eylon Levy, All Points Books, New York, 2020. Facilitator: Rabbi Alan Cohen
The authors argue that the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” to Israel has no legal or moral basis and make an impassioned plea for the US, the UN, and the EU to recognize this fact, for the good of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

January 20 – To the Edge of Sorrow, by Aharon Appelfeld, translated by Stuart Schoffman, Schocken Books, 2020. Facilitator: Elaine Hoffman
During WWII, a 17-year-old who has lost his parents to the German genocide, narrates a tale of Jewish partisans in Ukraine on a mission to save Jews who are being sent by train to death camps.

February 17 – House on Endless Waters: A Novel, by Emuna Elon, translated by Anthony Berris and Linda Yechiel, Atria Books, 2020. Facilitator: Avraham Horowitz, Ph.D.
A moving novel about an Israeli writer who discovers the truth about his mother’s years during the holocaust in Amsterdam, unearthing a shocking family secret that becomes the subject of his magnum opus.

March 17 – The Orange Peel and Other Satires, by S. Y. Agnon, translated into English, Koren Publishers, Jerusalem, 2015. Facilitator: Rabbi Howard Hoffman
Agnon’s satires bring humor and critical thought to what it means to have a Jewish homeland in the modern day. The short final chapter is still recited on Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) every year.

Dates: Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17
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