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Anshe Emet Synagogue

Core I – Rhythms of Jewish Living

Sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago in collaboration with:

                                                                  Chicago Board of Rabbis – Marcia Fisher Webb Adult Education Fund –                                                                    Florence Melton Corporation – Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation Inc.

Robert & Beatrice Mayer Foundation

Rhythms of Jewish Living: examines the Jewish calendar, holidays, and life-cycle events. Students explore ideas, beliefs and practices that define Jewish life. 

Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago  

Thursdays, noon–1:00 p.m. – at Anshe Emet and with Zoom
Begins TBD
Instructors: Rabbi Michael Siegel, Rabbi Dror Chankin-Gould, Rabbi David Russo

** Anshe Emet members register directly with Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org **

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion (New for 2019!)

(5-Lessons) Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life – issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. This course explores Jewish approaches to a number of 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, transsexual surgery, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.

Thursdays 7:45–9:15 p.m.
Begins Thursday, May 2, 2019: 
class meets May 2, May 9, May 16, May 30 and June 6
Instructor: Rabbi Dr. David Bauman

BHBE members, please contact Rolly Cohen directly to register for this course: 847.291.7788 x 1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org

BJE Campus

Bemidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended

(10-Lessons) Israel’s fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges to the leadership of  Moses and Aaron; at times the nation challenged their competence as leaders, and at times individuals arose to challenge their very right to lead.  This Melton Scholars course will survey the dramatic events of the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer BeMidbar, through analysis of biblical texts, artwork and related commentaries, old and new.

Mondays 7–8:30 p.m.
January 14, 2019
Instructor: Rabbi David Rosenberg

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion (New for 2019!)

(10-Lessons) Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life – issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. This course explores Jewish approaches to a number of 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, transsexual surgery, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.

Mondays 7–8:30 p.m.
Begins Monday, April 8, 2019
Instructor: Rabbi Dr. David Bauman

Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah

(10-Lessons) Examines the history and background of the Jewish mystical tradition through an examination of the texts that speak to the deep mysteries of human existence.

Begins: TBA,  7–8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Balinsky

Congregation Beth Shalom

From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

(10-session) A treasure of irresistible jokes provides the organizing principle for a presentation of 10 major themes in Jewish history– from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century.  The course demonstrates that the most resonant Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along our Jewish journey. Treating Jewish jokes as text, the course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people. 

Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Avenue, Northbrook

To register, please call Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Begins TBA

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

Congregation Etz Chaim

From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

A treasure of irresistible jokes provides the organizing principle for a presentation of 10 major themes in Jewish history– from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century.  The course demonstrates that the most resonant Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along our Jewish journey. Treating Jewish jokes as text, the course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people. (10 sessions)

**Etz Chaim members register directly with Rolly Cohen at 847.291.7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org**

Mondays 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Begins February 18, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham  

JUF Professional Cohort

Core Year II – Crossroads spotlights defining periods in Jewish history and emphasizes the richness of Jewish memory, exploring significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.

Tuesdays Noon–1 p.m.
Begins November 6, 2018 – registration open through November 13th

Instructor: Rabbi Scott Aaron, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

Moriah Congregation 

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity

(10 lessons) This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change. Students gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movements and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalism on the movements and the Jewish people.

Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Starts January 16, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Ben Kramer

 

Shemot I – From Slavery to Sinai

This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharoah’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define some of the critical moments in these texts and offer us a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions. (10 sessions) 

 

Thursdays 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Starts February 28, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Avraham

The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs

(10 lessons) Students explore the profound record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered in the years since the Holocaust and gain remarkable insights into the struggle for life as both young and old writers describe day-to-day life coping in the ghettos, imprisoned in the death camps, hiding on the run, and fighting for their lives.

Thursdays 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Starts May 23, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Avraham

North Shore Congregation Israel

Midday Mondays

Modern Living/Maintaining Balance (4 sessions) 

Discover Jewish wisdom that helps us to balance between the needs and demands of family, work, community and self.

** NSCI members register with Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org **

Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Begins: December 10, 2018

Instructor: Rabbi Lisa Greene

Beyond Borders: The Arab-Israeli Conflict – Part I

This 10 lessons in 6-sessions Scholars course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs. 

Where:  North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe

Thursday mornings 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Begins: April 25, 2019

Instructor: Carl Schrag

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

Core II (Crossroads)

Crossroads of Jewish Living: spotlights defining periods in Jewish history and emphasizes the richness of Jewish memory, exploring significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.

** NSS Beth El members register with Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org **

Sundays 10:55 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
September 16, 2018

Instructor: Rabbi David Rosenberg – Crossroads

Oak Park Temple

Bereshit II – The Story of the First Jewish Family

(10 lessons) This course follows the development of the first Jewish family, from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with an angel, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia.  

Oak Park Temple

1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park

Tuesday evenings,  7–8:30 p.m.
Begins: January 15, 2019

Instructor: Marc Stopeck

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History

 (4 Week Course) explores the impact of collective memory. Participants will encounter in a number of different ways one of the most powerful keys to Jewish survival: the enduring determination to never forget.

  • Remember the attempted Jewish national genocide by Amalek
  • Reflections on the Spanish expulsion
  • Recollections of Poland just before and after the Shoah
  • State of Israel as envisioned by its founders and as experienced today by its citizens

Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park, IL

**Oak Park and WSTHZ members, call Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x 1304 to register at special price.**

Thursdays 10:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.
Begins: March 7, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Max Weiss

West Suburban Temple Har Zion

Core II

Ethics of Jewish Living (Revised 2018): examines the relationship between Jewish Life and ethical behavior and sheds light on how Jewish scholars and thinkers with multiple approaches consider contemporary issues that affect us individually and as a community. 

Crossroads of Jewish History: spotlights defining periods in Jewish history and emphasizes the richness of Jewish memory, exploring significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny. 

** WSTHZ members register with Rolly Cohen. **

Couples Discount $50 available; contact Rolly Cohen.

Thursdays 7–9:15 p.m.
Begins: October 18, 2018

Instructors: Rabbi Adir Glick, Marc Stopeck, David Schwartz 

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