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If you'd like to further your Jewish education, or begin it, you can do so at CAJE.We offers a wide selection of courses, nearly all without prerequisites, for adults with varied interests and backgrounds. All are taught by experienced teachers who welcome and value every Jewish learner.Whether you're a newcomer to adult Jewish study, a seasoned veteran, or someone in-between, you're certain to find a course that suits your needs and your interests - and in which you feel "at home."

As you begin to plan for the fall and winter, we hope that adult educational opportunities will be a part of your planning process. We welcome you to LEARN JEWISH!

Contact Cyndee Levy, Director of Adult Education, at (314) 442-3754.

Cyndee Levy is the 2010 recipient of the JProStl Educator Award.



UPCOMING CLASSES

Forshpeysn (Appetizers):  Four Tastes of Yiddish Culture

This lively, new mini-course taught by Will Sol is sure to be a delight. Will is best known in St Louis for his love of Klezner music and devotion to Jewish life and learning. He will bring his love of all things Yiddish to the forefront in this wonderful new course offering.

Will’s presentations will cover 4 areas of Yiddish culture: Language, music, Yiddish cultural centers and poetry. You can expect to hear Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye as he reads Torah, explore the traditions of Klezmer and the Old World Wedding, learn interesting stories of 18th–20th century Yiddish speaking cultural centers of Eastern Europe, and discover the engrossing poetry of Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutzkever. Whether you are a seasoned Yiddish speaker or a curious explorer of Yiddish you will be enriched beyond measure as you share these “Forshpeysn (Appetizers)” with Will.

Tuition for the course is $50, all materials will be included. The course will be held at the Jewish Federation Building.

1322. Forshpeysn: Four Tastes of Yiddish Culture Mini-course

Will Sol
Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m. 4 sessions begins April 29 $50



Sink Your Teeth into Prayer

Would you like to know a bit more about what prayer is all about?  Have you always wanted to feel more comfortable in the synagogue?  Are you interested in developing a richer understanding of the meaning of the prayers?  Then come Sink Your Teeth into Prayer by joining this new mini-course being offered through CAJE.  Rabbi Weiman will give you practical understanding, and a deeper appreciation of what is happening during services.

No prior prayer book knowledge is necessary.  Prayers will be discussed in English, Hebrew is not required. The course will be held at the Jewish Federation Building.

1321. Sink Your Teeth into Prayer Mini-course

Rabbi Max Weiman
Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. 4 sessions begins April 29 $60

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PLEASE NOTE: CLASSES ARE NOT IN NUMERIC ORDER

1301. Beginning Biblical Hebrew

Miryam Ronen
Mondays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 11 sessions begins August 19 $240

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.

1302. Advanced Biblical Hebrew

Miryam Ronen
Mondays 7 - 8:30 p.m. 9 sessions begins September 16 $240

The course is for those students who are ready to delve into increasingly challenging grammar and Biblical texts.

 

1304. Biblical Hebrew from the VERY Beginning

Miryam Ronen
Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 8 sessions begins October 2 $200

Students will begin with learning the Hebrew aleph-bet afnd advance slowly toward word attack skills. Students with knowledge of the aleph-bet that would like an opportunity to review and "begin again" will enjoy this beginning class.

1305. Beginning Ulpan Ivrit: Hebrew Literacy & Conversation

Ophira Melnick
Mondays 3 p.m. 10 sessions begins October 21
$100

CANCLELLED

Tuesdays

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m 10 sessions begins January 21
$100
Options

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.

1303. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
Miryam Ronen
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 12 sessions begins August 21 $260

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.

1306. Ulpan Ivrit: Hebrew Literacy & Conversation
Ophira Melnick
Unit 1: Mondays 4:30-5:30 p.m. 10 sessions begin October 26 $100
Unit 2: Mondays 4-5:30 p.m. 10 sessions begin January 27 $100
Date

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.

 

1307. Focus on Film  
Robert Cohn
Monthly on Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. 10 sessions begin October 29 $100

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.

1308. Jewish Current Events
Robert Cohn
Thurdays
9-10 a.m.

20 sessions begin October 3

No Class on Jan 2 or June 5

$240

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.

1311. Contemporary Jewish Writers
Marcia Moskowitz
Unit 1: Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 8 sessions begin Sept 11 $120
Unit 2: Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 6 sessions begin Nov 6 $90
CLASS
IS FULL
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 6 sessions begins Jan 8 $90
Unit 4: Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 6 sessions begin Feb 26 $90
Unit 5: Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 4 sessions begin Apr 30 $60

 

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.
THIS CLASS IS FULL. NO LONGER ACCEPTING STUDENTS!

 

1317. Sefer D’varim (Deuteronomy)
Rabbi Seth Gordon
Unit 1: Mondays 12 - 1:30 p.m. 7 sessions begin October 7 $120
Unit 2: Mondays 12 - 1:30 p.m. 7 sessions begin January 6 $120
Unit 3: Mondays 12 - 1:30 p.m. 7 sessions begin March 10 $120

Date

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.

1312. Introduction to Talmud
Rabbi Seth Gordon
Unit 1: Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. 8 sessions begin October 14 $120
Unit 2: Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. 8 sessions begin January 27 $120

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.

 

1315. Pirke Avot
Rabbi Seth Gordon
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. 7 sessions begin October 8 $70
Unit 2 is cancelled      
Dates

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.

 

1318. Swimming in the Sea of Talmud
Rabbi Lane Steinger
Unit 1: Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m. 6 sessions begin Oct 8 $60
Unit 2: Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m. 6 sessions begin Dec 3 $60
Unit 3: Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m. 6 sessions begin Mar 8 $60
Dates

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.

1316. Searching for Meaning in the Great Stories of Our Tradition
Cyndee Levy
Third Tuesday of the Month 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m. At the home of Cyndee Levy, 132 Petite Royale Court, 63141

7 Sessions: October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, May 20

$18 per session or $110 for the series (series payment must be made in advance)
A light kosher dairy lunch will be served at each session.

Session

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.

 

 

1313. Mussar: A Season of Mussar 1
Ken Birenbaum and Cyndee Levy
Mussar I: Mondays 9:30-11 a.m. 13 sessions begin Oct 14 $136
Mussar I: Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. 13 sessions begin Oct 14 $136
Course

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.

 

1319. Exploring the Bible Beyond Torah
Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh
Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 20 sessions begin October 3 $240

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.

 

 

1309. They Never Taught Me THAT in Sunday School
Rabbi Lane Steinger
Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. 6 sessions begin October 17 $90
Dates

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.

1310. Classic Jewish Folktales
Howard Schwartz
Unit 1: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions begin Oct 17 $90
Unit 2: Thursdays 11:30-12:30 a.m. 6 sessions begin Jan 16 $90
Unit 3: Thursdays 11:30-12:30 a.m. 6 sessions begin Mar 6 $90

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.

1314. The Philosopher's Table
Rabbi Seth Gordon
Unit 1: Mondays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions begin January 13 $60
Unit 2: Mondays 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 4 sessions begin March 3 (class starting one week late due to weather on March 3) $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

1312. Encountering Mystery: A Course in the Use of Imagery

Carol Rose
Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 3 sessions begin January 23 $45

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.

 

The Mussar Institute Classes offered through CAJE

Mussar is a millennium-old Jewish tradition of personal spiritual development based in Torah.  Mussar teachings are as applicable to our lives today as they have been to generations gone by.  It refers to a spiritual perspective and also to a discipline of transformative practices.  Alan Morinis of the Mussar Institute writes that, “Mussar is most accurately described as a way of life.  It shines light on the causes of suffering and shows one how to realize ones highest spiritual potential, including everyday experience infused with happiness, trust and love.” 

A Season of Mussar I is a 14-week programs that will guide groups in a supervised course of Mussar learning and practice.  Course materials are drawn from the Jewish tradition and have been developed for the modern learner by Alan Morinis and made available through a partnership with the Mussar Institute, www.mussarinstitute .org.  Cyndee Levy, certified Mussar facilitator through the Mussar Institute, will be facilitating both classes.

A Season of Mussar I will be offered Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 p.m. beginning March 19 and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 11 a.m. beginning March 25.  The tuition for all classes is $136, scholarship is available.  All classes are located at CAJE.  To register or for additional information, please call Cyndee Levy at 442-3754, email at clevy@cajestl.org or visit the CAJE website www.cajestl.org.

1510. A Season of Mussar 1

Cyndee Levy
Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. 14 sessions begin March 19 $136
Tuesday 9:30-11 a.m. 14 sessions begin March 25

$136

 

 

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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

 

Registration and Tuition for 2013-2014

Manual Registration Form (pdf file)

Insure the class is a "GO" by registering in advance!

Generous Scholarships Available

Please contact Cyndee Levy at (314) 442-3754.

Payment Options - On-line registration throug PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, Check or Cash

We accept VISA, MasterCard, check and cash. A payment plan may be arranged at the time of enrollment.

Location
All classes are held at CAJE except where otherwise specified in the class description.

Central Agency for Jewish Education
Jewish Federation - Kopolow Building
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, Missouri, 63146

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Adult Education Faculty

Cyndee Levy - Director, Adult Education

Instructors you have come to appreciate

Robert A. (Bob) Cohn

Marcia Moskowitz

Ken Birenbaum

Miryam Ronen

Rabbi Seth Gordon

Carol Rose

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

Rabbi Dr. Neal Rose

Cyndee Levy

Howard Schwartz

Ophira Melnick

Rabbi Lane Steinger

Read more about our instructors.

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Questions and Answers

• 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.

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Snow Schedule and School Closing

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:
TV Channels: 2, 4, 5
Radio Stations: KMOX 1120 AM

Center for Adult Jewish Learning classes will be referred to as the "CAJE Adult Education Classes-Morning" or "CAJE Adult Education CLasses-Evening."

Efforts will be made to call all program participants about school and class cancellations.

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Links

www.ALLJUDAICA.COM

www.jewishpub.org

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