For more information, please contact Tom Samuels, Membership and Program Coordinator.
Please look over the new JRC adult education program for the year 5774/ 2013-2014. We hope you’ll find more than a few programs you are interested in.
In addition to attending, we hope you will share your ideas and feedback and consider joining the committee. If you have an idea for a class or a speaker, or if you would like to join the committee, please let us know by contacting Tom Samuels in the JRC office or one of the members of the adult education committee.
Shalom and Shana Tova,
The JRC Adult Education Committee
Professor Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern:
The Jewish National Home
Tuesdays, October 1, 8 and 15, 2013
Professor Claire Sufrin:
Buber and His Interlocutors
Sundays, October 13, 20 and 27, 2013
Professor Claire Sufrin:
Interfaith Relationships Workshop Series:
Sundays, November 3, 10, and 17, 2013
November 3, 2013
Choices: The biggest choice an intermarried couple has to make is whether one religion will be dominant in their household, and if so, which one. This workshop will be an unbiased and non-judgmental forum about the issue of Jewish-Christian intermarriage. There will be no single religious point of view that will prevail. There will be no “right” or “wrong” answers to any questions that are raised. Instead, both Christians and Jews will be given a chance to talk freely about how they have been handling the many aspects of intermarriage, and how they feel about the choices they have made.
Rabbi Ari Moffic
November 10, 2013
Spiritual Parenting: How to bring spirituality and Jewish traditions to bedtime, eating, playing and learning with our children and grandchildren in realistic and accessible ways (even if a parent didn’t grow up with Judaism or the traditions being thought about.) This will be a hands-on, participatory workshop in which we can discuss implications, challenges and successes in praying aloud as a family (particularly in Hebrew), how to understand who is Israel and peoplehood, and how to pass on values we hold dear to the ones we cherish.
Rabbi Michal Woll and Jon Sweeney
November 17, 2013
Rabbi Michal and Jon will share their personal experiences of being an interfaith couple. They will discuss how religious identity has shifted over the last half century and is no longer the great organizer it once was. Intermarriage has reached its second or even third generation, and the old assumptions of marrying within, as well as condemnations of “marrying out,” are fading fast. Michal and Jon don’t discuss whether interfaith marriage is good or bad. It just is. Instead, they focus on what guided and guides them in their own relationship: a commitment to shared progressive, compassionate, egalitarian values. They will point to the possibility of lives filled with meaningful spiritual practice, values, and community that can transcend religious affiliation.
God Talk (Lunch n’ Learn)
Saturdays, November 16 and 23, 2013
Rabbi Rosen will take the class on a journey of a variety of Jewish texts, freewheeling from the Torah, to Maimonides, Kafka, Leonard Cohen and more.
JRC Authors’ Friday Night Service
Friday, November 22, 2013
Musical Theatre Presentation: Irving Berlin
7:00pm Havdalah Service
Saturday, December 7. 2013
Irving Berlin’s incredible story, from his entry into America at age 5, overcoming early poverty and musical illiteracy, and emerging as our greatest American songwriter! Charles Troy’s multimedia presentations are seamless 90-minute programs with original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, and scripted narratives that weave the pertinent events into cohesive, dramatic stories.
Friday Night Prayer Service
Sundays, Session TBD
December 8 and 15, 2013
Sacred Music Tour
Saturday January 11, 2014 9:30-2:00pm
Professor Danny Greene (JRC Member):
The Problem of Dual Identity
Sundays, January 12, 19 and 26, 2014
Professor Ann Dolinko (JRC Member):
Gender and Feminism and the Torah
Tuesdays, February 4, 11 and 18, 2014
Professor Rachel Haverlock:
Jewish Politics and the Land
Sundays, February 9, 16 and 23, 2014
Saturday Morning Service
Sundays, March 23 and 30, 2014
Do you seek a way into the experience of Jewish prayer but are unsure where to start? Do services feel like a random series of Hebrew prayers with no rhyme or reason? Are you looking for a more meaningful Shabbat prayer experience? If the answer to any or all of these questions is “yes,” then this class is for you! Join Rabbi Rosen for an introduction to the Saturday morning Shabbat service. We will look at the history, content and overall themes of Jewish prayer so that students can find a comfortable, meaningful place in the Shabbat service. (Knowledge of Hebrew is recommended by not mandatory.)<!--[endif]-->
Professors Michael and Elizabeth Shapiro (JRC Members):
Tuesdays, April 1 and 8, 2013
American-Jewish poets address all of the problems that we as American Jews struggle within our daily lives. These include problems of faith, identity, Israel, gender, politics, and anti-Semitism. Being poets, they compress their ideas and feelings into hard nuggets of language, and as they do so they explore and clarify those issues for themselves and for their readers. We will spend two evenings studying the texts of selected poems.
Professor Devorah Schoenfeld
Sunday, Session TBD