Wednesday Courses

TALMUDIC TALES – Rabbi Alan Cohen
The history of any people is based on compiled and retold stories.  Sometimes they conflict and contradict.  Often they are uncomfortable.  But each in its own way is a part of the whole and comprises the totality of a civilization.  They must be told and retold.  Ruth Calderon does this in sometimes painful fashion as she provides the basis of human, interpersonal and sexual identities among students and families.
1:00 PM Dec. 1, 8, 15

Rabbi Michael Klein of Temple Torat Emet will be offering a survey course covering the historical highlights and main events of these exciting books of the Prophets . Main ideas to be covered include history and background of each prophet, important quotes, and ideas applicable to today. Discussion and questions are encouraged and participants are invited to share their knowledge and make the classes stimulating and informative.
9:30 AM Live in Chapel and on Zoom
Nov. 10, 17 : The Book of Amos
Dec. 1, 8 : The Book of Hosea
Jan. 5, 12, 19 : The Book of Isaiah
Feb. 2, 9 : The Book of Ezekiel
Feb. 16 : The Book of Micah
Feb. 23 : The Book of Zechariah
Mar. 2 : Habbakuk, Zephaniah and Lesser Known Prophets

UNSUNG JEWISH WOMEN from the 15th – 20th Century – Estelle Morgenstein
Women have changed the course of history by undertaking leadership roles in their respective communities, creating a legacy for contemporary Jewish women to emulate.
2:30 PM  Mar. 2, 9, 23, 30

COVID has been cataclysmic in its effects on our adjustments on our joy, confidence, competence in life. Dr. Gina Harris will discuss how to return to a normal life. This will be a didactic, interactive, thoughtful and sometimes comedic look at our experiences in the last year and a half and return to life.
7:00 PM  Jan. 5. 12, 19, 26

We will read and discuss books about Israel or by Israeli authors
Nov. 17 – And the Bride Closed the Door, by Ronit Matalon, translated by Jessica Cohen, NY, New Vessel Press, 2019. Facilitator: Elaine Hoffman
Matalon’s last novel is a whirlwind of family chaos and comedy, humor but also great feeling. Family secrets bubble to the surface in this deeply felt comedy.
Dec. 15 – My Wild Garden: Notes from a Writer’s Eden, by Meir Shalev, translated by Joanne Chen, NY, Schocken Books, 2020. Facilitator: Rabbi Howard Hoffman
Shalev’s nonfiction book was inspired by his Hasidic grandfather’s Ukrainian garden with fruit trees. This inspiring book focuses on the author’s own “Eden Garden” in Israel. 
Jan 19. – Pain by Zeruya Shalev, translated by Sondra Silverstein, NY, Other Press, 2019. Facilitator: Rabbi Alan Cohen
A powerful astute novel that exposes how old passions can return, testing our capacity to make choices about what is most essential in our life. The author is one of the best selling authors in Israel.                  
Feb. 16 – The Art of Leaving; A Memoir by Ayelet Tsabari, Penguin Random House, 2019. Facilitator: Lois Gordon
Tsabari describes growing up as a Yemeni Jew in Israel before embracing a peripatetic lifestyle that takes her far from her neighborhood in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv. In one section of the book the author describes her travels to the US, India, Canada, Thailand, and back to Israel.
Mar. 16 – The Slaughterman’s Daughter; A Novel, by Yaniv Iczkovits, translated by Orr Scharf, NY, Schocken Books, 2021. Facilitator: Avraham Horowitz, Ph.D.
An irresistible, picaresque tale of two Jewish sisters in late-nineteenth-century Russia, The Slaughterman’s Daughter is filled with “boundless imagination and a vibrant style”  (David Grossman). The book is winner of the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize.

MAH JONGG Kathy Slutsky
This class is for those who have never played Mah Jongg or who have very little knowledge of Mah Jongg. Students need to have the latest Mah Jongg cards. Additional Fee of $50
Live Only – Registrants will be sent dates – 4 sessions Mondays & Wednesdays

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