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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.


2014 COURSE GUIDE
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1400. Biblical Hebrew from the VERY Beginning

Miryam Ronen
Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 10 sessions begin August 20 $150

Students will begin with learning the Hebrew aleph-bet and 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.

 

1401. Beginning Biblical Hebrew

Miryam Ronen
Mondays 9:30-11 a.m. 10 sessions begin August 25 $200

 

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.

1402. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Miryam Ronen
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 10 sessions begin August 20 $200

If you have completed one year or more of Biblical Hebrew or its equivalent, this course is for you. You will tackle some of the Bible's more demanding texts and move beyond the introductory phase.

 

1403. Ulpan Ivrit: Hebrew Literacy & Conversation

Ophira Melnick
Unit 1: Fridays 1:30-3 p.m. 12 Sessions begin September 12 $300
Unit 2: Fridays1:30-3 p.m. 12 Sessions begin January 23 $300
Date

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. This course is for the beginning level student.

 

1404. Ulpan Ivrit: Hebrew Literacy & Conversation  - CANCELLED
Ophira Melnick
Unit 1: Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. 12 sessions begin September 17 $300
Unit 2: Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. 12 sessions begin January 21 $300
Date
 

This Hebrew language course is designed for students who already read Hebrew at an advanced 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.

 

1405. Focus on Film  
Robert Cohn
Last Tuesday of every month 3:30-4:30 p.m. 10 sessions begin September 30 $100

10 Sessions: September 30, October 28, November 18, January 27, February 24,
March 31, April 28, May 19, June 30, July 28

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.

1406. Jewish Current Events
Robert Cohn
1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month 9-10 a.m. 18 sessions begin September 4 $180

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.

 

1407. Great Jewish Cultures and Communities
Rabbi Lane Steinger
Unit 1: Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. 6 sessions begin November 6 $60
Unit 2: Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. 6 sessions begin February 5 $60
Date
This course will be a survey of some of the important Jewish civilizations past and present.

 

1408. The Last Great Yiddish Poet
Will Soll
Wednesdays 7:30-9 p.m. 4 sessions begin January 21 $90

Avrom Sutzkever was one of the great poets of the 20th century, in any language. His life was a personal as well as an artistic triumph. Participants will follow his career from Siberia to Vilna to Israel; from Nazi prisoner to partisan to passionate advocate. Always, always a poet, who believed, even in his darkest hours, that as long as he kept writing, he had “a weapon against death.”


 

1409. Worlds of Yiddish Music - CANCELLED
Will Soll
Wednesdays 7:30-9 p.m. 6 sessions begin October 29 $90

Participants will explore the world of Yiddish music beginning with folk and wedding music in the old world of the shtetlekh and ending with the renewal of Yiddish music as a vital force on the contemporary scene. In between, we meet the bandleaders, cantors, stars of the European and American stage, Hasidim, composers, poets, songwriters and more.

 

 

1410. Contemporary Jewish Writers
Marcia Moskowitz
Unit 1:

Wednesdays
9:30-11 a.m.

10 sessions begin October 1 $150
Unit 2: Wednesdays
9:30-11 a.m.
8 sessions begin January 7 $120
Unit 3: Wednesdays
9:30-11 a.m.
8 sessions begin March 18 $120
Date

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.

 

 

1411. Is There a Jewish Mythology?
Howard Schwartz
Unit 1:
CANCELLED
6 sessions begin October 23  
Unit 2: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions begin February 5 $90
Unit 3: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions begin April 16 $90

Date

In this course, Howard Schwartz will weigh the evidence for and against a view that Judaism has its own extensive mythological tradition. The text for this course will be his book, Tree of Souls: the Mythology of Judaism, winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award. Books will be available for purchase in class for $25.

Class location: Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building

 

1412. The Spiritual Deminsions of Jewish Prayer
Rabbi Neal Rose
Unit 1: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions begin October 30 $30
Unit 2: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions Dates To Be Determined  
Unit 3: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 6 sessions Dates To Be Determined  
Date

We will investigate various philosophies and theories on the nature of prayer and meditation. Our primary sources will be classical and modern Jewish thinkers. We will also reference the way in which other traditions understand prayer and its place in the life of people.

 

 

1413. Browsing the Bible: Biblical Books We Don't Often
          Study
Rabbi Lane Steinger
Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m. 6 sessions begin October 21 $60
Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m. 6 sessions begin February3 $60
Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m. 6 sessions begin March 17 $60
Dates

Unit 1: The Book of Psalms

Unit 2: The Wisdom Books: Proverbs, Kohelet, and Job

Unit 3: The Books of the Persian Period: Ezra, Nehemiah and Daniel

 

 

1414. Encountering Mystery I: A Course in the Use of
          Imagery
Carol Rose
Tusesdays 10-11:30 a.m. 5 sessions begin November 11 $90

Carol’s 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.

 

 

1415. Encountering Mystery II: A Course in the Use of
          Imagery - CANCELLED
Carol Rose
Wednesdays 7:30-9 p.m. 5 sessions begin November 5 $90

An imagery course for those who have experienced Imagery Work with Carol in previous classes. See Encountering Mystery I.

 

A Season of Mussar I & II

The sages of the Mussar tradition understand the Torah's teaching, "You shall be holy" (Leviticus 19:1), as a primary guide for Jewish life. Contemporary students describe Mussar as "the science and craft of becoming a mensch." Alan Morinis, Dean and founder of the Mussar Institute writes, "Mussar has developed as a perspective on life, an insightful body of knowledge about human nature, and as a path of spiritual practice, all devoted to helping each individual overcome negative tendencies, strengthen the positive and take steps in the direction of the holy."

A millennium-old Jewish tradition of personal spiritual development, Mussar is based on the texts and wisdom of Judaism. As an authentically Jewish spiritual practice, Mussar offers insight and guidance for living by directing us to pay attention to the impact that our character traits (middot, such as gratitude, partience, and generosity) have on our lives.

A Season of Mussar I and II are 13-week programs 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 the Mussar Institute (www.mussarinstitute.org). Facilitators Ken Birenbaum, Felice Joyce, Lesley Levin and Cyndee Levy are certified facilitators of the Mussar workshops offered through the Mussar Institute.

1416. Season of Mussar I
Ken Birenbaum at CAJE
Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 13 sessions begin October 28 $136

 

1417. Season of Mussar I
Cyndee Levy at her home - 132 Petite Royale Court, 63141
Wednesdays 9-10:30 a.m. 13 sessions begin October 1 $136
1418. Season of Mussar I
Ken Birenbaum at CAJE
Thursdays 9-10:30 a.m. 13 sessions begin October 30 $136

 

1419. Season of Mussar II - CANCELLED
Lesley Levin at CAJE
Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 13 sessions begin October 28 $136

 

1420. Season of Mussar II - CANCELLED
Felice Joyce at CAJE
Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 13 sessions begin October 29 $136

 

1421. Hoshanah Rabbah Lunch and Learn in the Sukkah
Cyndee Levy at her home, 132 Petite Royale, 63141
Wednesday  October 15 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $15
Reservations are required!  Kosher Dairy Lunch Included

“Soup’s On” all we need is you at the table! Join us in the sukkah for a wonderful opportunity for learning on Hoshanah Rabbah, the final day of Sukkot. Over lunch we will engage in a study of the Midrashic sources on the Death of Moses. This session serves as an introduction to the monthly lunch and learn series “Searching for Meaning in the Great Stories of Our Tradition.” 

 

1422. 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

6 Sessions: November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, April 21,
May 19

$15 per session (Reservation Required)
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.

 

 

1423. Introduction to the Talmud
Rabi Seth Gordon
Unit 1: Mondays 12 noon-1 p.m. 8 sessions begin October 20 $120
Unit 2: Mondays 12 noon-1 p.m.

New Start Date
8 sessions begin January 19

$120
Unit 3: Mondays 12 noon-1 p.m. 8 sessions begin March 16 $120
Course

In this introduction to Talmud course, participants will explore and openly discuss the rich edited conversations, teachings, insights, wisdom, and anecdotes that have reflected and shaped the Jewish people’s practices, thinking and values even these many centuries later. This primary text will be Tractate Yevamot; its subject matter involves children and marriage. This course is especially designed for beginners, but will also be challenging for intermediate adults.

 

1424. Turning to the Talmud
Rabbi Seth Gordon
Unit 1: Monday 7-8:30 p.m. 8 sessions begin October 20 $120
Unit 2: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 8 sessions begin January 13 $120
Unit 3: Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 8 sessions begin March 17 $120
Course

UNIT 1 WAS CHANGED TO MONDAY NIGHTS!

This CAJE class will be held at Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Road, 63141

Turning to Talmud moves beyond the introductory level Talmud course. Participants will explore and openly discuss the rich edited conversations, teachings, insights, wisdom and anecdotes that have reflected and shaped the Jewish people’s practices, thinking and values even these many centuries later. The primary text will be randomly selected Talmudic passages. This course is especially suited for intermediate adults, but will include a special single private session for beginners to help introduce Talmud and the Talmudic way.

 

1425. A Taste of Text and Tradition
Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh
Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 20 sessions begin October 23 $240

This CAJE class will be held at Temple Emanuel, 12166 Conway Road, 63141

Participants will draw from classic Jewish texts to explore and discuss issues we face in our contemporary time. We will use the following text books in this course: A Taste of Text: An Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash and Torah Dynamics: Pirke Avot Looks at Life.

 

Nishmah and CAJE Adult Education Collaboration

Join Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds for a dynamic new study opportunity. Explore Jewish text and/or literature related to women in Tanach.

For more informationon classes 1426 - 1429 contact:
Cyndee Levy at (314) 442-3754 or clevy@cajestl.org
Sara Winkelman at (314) 442-3268 or swinkelman@jccstl.org

1426. Hidden, Forgotten, Forbidden? Lesser Known
         Jewish Women in Tanach

Cyndee Levy

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. 3 sessions February 17, 24, and March 17 $30

The stories of women are buried in the pages of our tradition. Let’s uncover them and try to discover what can be learned from stories of these women: Rizpah, Rebecca the Nurse of Rachel, Irit the Wife of Lot.

 

1427. Contemporary Jewish Writers
Marcia Moskowitz
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. 3 sessions January 14, 21, 28 $30

In this discussion-based class we will examine the work of contemporary Jewish writers, exploring female characters and the themes that combine to give insights into the complexities of Jewish life.

 

 

1428. A Taste of Tu B'Shevat: Featuring Vegetarian
         Specialties

Cyndee Levy
Tuesday 7-9 p.m. January 27 $20

Class Location: Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Road, 63141

 

 

 

1429. Israeli Cooking: A True Fusion Cuisine

Cyndee Levy
Sunday 7-9 p.m. April 19 $20

Class Location: Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Road, 63141

 

 

 

 

1430. In the Festive Kitchen: A Cluinary Experience with Cantor Ron Eichaker

Unit 1: Tuesday, October 7 7-9 p.m. $20
Unit 2: Wedensday, December 10 7-9 p.m.

$20

Unit 3: Wedensday, February 18 7-9 p.m.

$20

Unit 4: Wedensday, March 18 7-9 p.m.

$20

Course

This dynamic and highly interactive series will offer an exploration of traditional ingredients, techniques and recipes to help families broaden their knowledge of four Jewish festivals: Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Passover. Cantor Eichaker will present historical references and classic preparation techniques while providing basic recipes, stories and songs. This will be a culinary experience like no other… come prepared to study, sing and stir as together we prepare a feast.

Class Location: United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, 63141

   This class is collaboration between United Hebrew Congregation and CAJE.

 

1431. Tu B'Shevat Sameach

Cyndee Levy
Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. February 4 $10

Join us for a wonderful evening in celebration of trees and the beauty and bounty of the earth as we ponder the sheer wonder of creation. Together we will learn, cook/bake and feast, plan and plant. This amazing program will bring together home chefs sharing their talents and the leadership of the Garden of Eden St. Louis Jewish Community Garden located on the grounds of the JCC. This group of dedicated volunteers will share stories of the garden and how it grows.

Cost $10. Registration required.

Class Location: Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Road, 63141

Co-sponsored by CAJE and Garden of Eden

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Registration and Tuition for 2014-2015

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

Felice Joyce Howard Schwartz

Lesley Levin

Will Soll

Cyndee Levy

Rabbi Lane Steinger
Ophira Melnick  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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