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Institute of Adult Jewish Studies Winter 2019

Hour 1 – 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

JEWISH VALUES TOWARD A LIFE OF GOOD
Instructors: Rabbi Dan Kaiman & Rabbi Michael Weinstein
Judaism and Jewish life is foundational in values by which to live.  Our Jewish values, the middot, inspire us to live a life of meaning and purpose.  The middot guide us in the ways of maasim tovim; growing in a life of Torah, and good actions.  During this six-week course, we will explore some of our basic Jewish values, working to interpret them in a modern age.

CRIME & CONSEQUENCE (2-hr. class)
The Talmud, Jewish Ethics, and the U.S. Criminal Justice System (2-hr. class)
Instructor: Rabbi Yehuda Weg
Criminal justice policy affects the safety and peace of mind of all citizens, and has broad implications for crime victims, the accused, the convicted, and their families. With a growing consensus on both sides of the ideological divide that the United States requires criminal justice reform—either because the current system is unjust, inequitable, and ineffective; or simply because it’s too expensive to taxpayers—Crime and Consequence is particularly timely.
The course raises some of the most important questions about American criminal law in the light of Talmudic law: What is the Talmud’s theory of criminal justice, and how does it compare with secular theories? What are we to think about the ballooning numbers of those incarcerated in the U.S.? Should the death penalty be permissible? How can offenders be rehabilitated? When, if ever, can trust be restored to a convict? And most importantly, how can crime be prevented?
In this course we will be asking not only what, but also why; because we will be willing to suppose, to imagine, and to test the boundaries of intellectual curiosity.
*JLI Fees of $55 include textbook and materials. Scholarships for this class are available through Rabbi Weg.

ISRAELI ART WORKSHOP (2-hr. class)
Instructor: Liat Gal
This class will bring out your creativity! We will paint Israeli landscapes, and make collages, jewelry, picture frames, decorative boxes and more. Come grow and express yourself through art.
*Material fee $10

THE EVOLUTION OF JEWISH MUSIC
Instructor: Sara Levitt
Music has been used to accompany, enhance and teach Jewish practice for centuries. Join us to discover the development of Jewish music from the time of the Temple in Jerusalem to the Yiddish folk songs of the 18th and 19th century, Israeli pioneer tunes and all the way through the impact of Jewish music on Jewish summer camping and vice versa.

JAZZ AGE JEWS (2-hr. class)
Instructor: Jesse Ulrich
The first “talkie” in Hollywood, 1927’s The Jazz Singer, examines the struggle of the Jewish people and assimilation in the United States. This story and this struggle are so at the core of the American Jewish experience that this film was made again in the 50s and again in the 80s. Jazz Age Jews will examine and discuss the changing American Jewish experience through these three films.

HEBREW DEPARTMENT
BEGINNING HEBREW: PART II
Instructor: Ophir Gal
Designed for the beginning Hebrew student, this is the second part of a two-semester course. Classes will continue to cover decoding the alef-bet, basic vocabulary, and a look at Hebrew grammar. Students will continue using the text Shalom Hebrew which greatly enhances the student’s ability to quickly grasp new material by providing reading practice, vocabulary exercises, and games.
TEXT: Shalom Hebrew

Hour 2: 8:00 p.m. -8:45 p.m.

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: PART II
Instructors: Rabbi Dan Kaiman and Rabbi Michael Weinstein
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the religion and culture of the Jewish people. We will discuss the core ideas and practices of Jewish life – the nature of God, Torah, holidays, history, prayer, traditions, and living a life of righteousness. The course runs a full year and is open both to those who are deepening their Jewish roots and those who may be interested in conversion. The course is team taught by Rabbi Dan Kaiman and Rabbi Michael Weinstein. New students are welcome to join the course at either semester.
TEXT: Living Judaism

CRIME & CONSEQUENCE…..continued from 1st hour
Instructor: Rabbi Yehuda Weg
Information can be found under 1st hour class description.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD; OR IS IT?
Instructor: Stephanie Marshall
Through this course each participant will start to figure out their own individual (or family) food ethics. Together we will explore the many questions that lead to mindful eating. How do you make every forkful count? Do you follow the laws of kashrut? Do environmental ethics matter? Who decides what is kosher? Is there such a thing as food justice? Do you eat for your health? Let’s discuss!

ISRAELI ART WORKSHOP…..continued from 1st hour
Instructor: Liat Gal
Information can be found under 1st hour class description.

JAZZ AGE JEWS…..continued from 1st hour
Instructor: Jesse Ulrich
Information can be found under 1st hour class description.

ISRAELI DANCE
Instructor: Aya Rikin
Let’s get together and enjoy (low impact) Israeli dancing to the tunes of timeless melodies. Aya Rikin is a native Israeli who loves teaching this class. She encourages both beginners and experienced dancers alike to come join her!

INSTITUTE OF ADULT JEWISH STUDIES STEERING COMMITTEE
Harvey Blumenthal • Brian Brouse • Drew Diamond • Gloria Estlin • Rabbi Marc B. Fitzerman •
Rabbi Dan Kaiman • Renee Kaplan • Deborah Lederman • Sara Levitt •
Stephanie Marshall • Mindy Prescott and Jesse Ulrich, Staff • Rabbi Michael Weinstein

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