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This course provides the nuts and bolts of Biblical translation, the basics of Biblical grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. Students must know the Hebrew aleph-betand some Hebrew word-attack skills.
The course is for those students who are ready to delve into increasingly challenging grammar and Biblical texts.
This Hebrew language course is designed for students who already read Hebrew at some level and would like to deepen their reading and comprehension of modern Israeli literature in Hebrew. Participants will acquire a rich vocabulary and grammar crucial to the understanding of texts as well as for speaking Hebrew with comfort.
If you have completed one year or more of Biblical Hebrew or its equivalent, this course is for you. You’ll tackle some of the Bible’s more demanding texts and move beyond the introductory phase.
This Hebrew language course is designed for students who already read Hebrew at some level, and would like to deepen their reading comprehension of modern Israeli literature in Hebrew. Participants will acquire a rich vocabulary and grammar crucial to the understanding of texts as well as for speaking Hebrew with comfort.
This class will use a “Jewish Lens” to focus on films currently or recently playing in local cinemas as well as classic favorites. Discussion will be designed for those who love film and want to engage in facilitated lively debate.
Jews are the center of an astonishingly large number of news stories. This course will help us to explore the events of the day.
Enroll for the entire year long series for $240 or choose the “pay as you go” option for $12 per session.
This discussion-based class explores the characters and the themes that combine to give insights into the complexities of Jewish life. Books are not included.
Sefer D’varim is primarily Moshe’s personal recounting of the Israelites wilderness experiences and of God’s grand blueprint for their future. Using tradition commentary and the JPS Commentary for Modern Scholarship, this on-going class is always looking for new comers...no previous experience necessary. An interest in Torah study is all that is required! This session will begin with Chapter 25 of Deuteronomy.
The Introduction to Talmud course will feature texts that are interesting, meaningful, and enjoyable. Participants will become acquainted witht he most revered texts of our Jewish heritage. The workds of our Sages are sure to provoke interesting comments and discussion. Exploring selected texts of the Talmud together will make us wiser and more rooted in our incomparable tradition.
Pirke Avot has a special place in the collective heart of the Jewish people and in the hearts of individuals. The pithy ethical and moral sayings of the early rabbis has shaped Jewish character and provided some of the most appreciated insights. The insights of the early rabbi inspire connections to real life and the brevity provokes great discussion and associations.
What are the basic expressions of and opportunities for spiritual experience and consecrated living in Judaism? In this course we’ll explore and examine some of the fundamental ways and means through which Jews have sought, are seeking and will seek sanctity and sacred connections in their daily lives. Participants required to purchase Swimming in the Sea of Talmud by Michael Katz and Gershon Schwartz.
7 Sessions: October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, May 20
Text-based discussions will focus on uncovering the hidden wisdom in selected stories from our tradition—searching for messages for today. We will attempt to understand the lessons the rabbis sought to impart to us through their personal sagas.
A Season of Mussar I is a 13 week program that will guide participants through a supervised course of Mussar learning and practice. Drawn from Jewish tradition and developed for the modern learner by Alan Morinis, made available through a partnership with the Mussar Institute (wwwmussarinstitute.org). Facilitators, Ken Birenbaum and Cyndee Levy, are certified through the Manchim program of the Mussar Institute.
Torah Portion of the Week taught by Rabbi Elizebeth Hersh, will be held this year at Temple Emanuel.
This year the focus of the course will shift, expanding to examining each book of the Tanach (Bible) over 20 weeks. The new title for this course is Exploring the Bible Beyond Torah.
Participants will explore Jewish history and heritage using the texts of our tradition to gain new insights and understanding beyond those that many of us learned so long ago in Sunday school. This course will lead the participant to reconsider the wisdom of our tradition through their own lens of personal maturity to search for new relevancy for today's world.
Enter the wonderful world of Jewish Folktales. Participants will examine the nature, sources and meaning of Jewish folktales, supernatural and mystical tales: stories that invoke enchanted worlds, demonic realms, and mystical experiences. Class discussions will include the process by which folklore evolves, differences between written and oral sources, and examination of stories that have their origins in early rabbinic literature. Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales, edited by Howard Schwartz, is the required text for this course. Copies available in class for $15.
In ancient times philosophers would gather to discuss and/or debate profound issues over food and drink. Such gatherings were know as Symposia or The Philsopher's Table. You are invited to participant in a similar gathering where we will investigate some of humanity's perennial questions (in our case, over tea or coffee and cookies). The Nature of Human Beings will be the first of several intellectually challenging issues to be discussed. Please join us in the exciting intellectual journey.
This course is based upon the teachings of Jerusalem psychologist and wise woman, Madame Colette Aboulker-Muscat. Carol will help participants to cultivate moments of openness, becoming more aware of the presence of holiness in our lives. Participants will explore Imagery Work, a method that combines the use of modern psychological insights and ancient mystical teachings to develop a practice suited to contemporary needs. No previous experience with Imagery Work is necessary. Everyone is welcome.
"A Season of Mussar 1"
The aim of this program is to help individuals find balance and strength in key inner traits (middot) that are essential for leading a fulfilling life, in worldly as well as spiritual matters.
Mussar can provide you with valuable tools we all need to grow more whole, and at the same time elevate ourselves spiritually. It is a spiritual approach to daily life, and a centuries old Jewish tradition that can help each of us develop inner awareness, and bring about personal transformation.
The goal is to become the finest version of the person you already are.
Group study sessions will begin Wednesday, January 23
This is what other “Season of Mussar” participants have said:
To join or to seek additional information, please contact Cyndee Levy at email@example.com, 314-442-3754 or 314-503-2899.
It is open to everyone in the community, no prior experience or knowledge necessary.
LISTING OF CLASSES BY DAY
1301. Beginning Biblical Hebrew
1302. Advanced Biblical Hebrew
1306. Ulpan Ivrit: Hebrew Literacy & Conversation
1312. Introduction to Talmus
1313. Mussar I
1314. The Philosopher's Table
1317. Sefer D’varim (Deuteronomy)
1305. Beginning Ulpan Ivrit: Hebrew Literacy & Conversation
1307. Focus on Film
1308. Jewish Current Events
1315. Pirke Avot
1316. Searching for Meaning in the Great Stories of Our Tradition
1318. Swimming in the Sea of Talmud
1303. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
1304. Biblical Hebrew from the VERY Beginning
1311. Contemporary Jewish Writers
1308. Jewish Current Events
1309. They Never Taught Me THAT in Sunday School
1310. Classic Jewish Folktales
1312. Encountering Mystery: A Course in the Use of Imagery
1319. Torah Portion of the Week
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Who decides what classes to have? The students in the classes are asked what they would like to learn. We try to offer inspiring classes with excellent teachers.
I am a beginner. Where should I start? There are many classes that fit everyone who wants to learn.
Do I need to know Hebrew? Hebrew is not a pre-requisite for any class. Although through our Hebrew curriculum, you can learn to read, understand and speak Hebrew.
Will I have to buy a lot of books? In most classes there is no need to buy any books. Where a book is required for your class text, it would be one that you will enjoy owning.
OVERNIGHT SNOW FALL
When Parkway schools are closed due to snow or ice, then morning Adult Education classes are cancelled.
DAYTIME SNOW FALL
Class cancellations will be decided by 4:00 p.m. Cancellation announcements will be made on the following stations, as well as, on the CAJE School/Class Closing Phone line and this web site:
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