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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 **

BJE Campus

Vayikra: A Call to Holiness

Chosen by the Rabbinic sages as the first book to initiate children to Bible learning, contemporary readers often perceived Vayikra as inaccessible. In our study of Vayikra, we will examine themes including the role of rituals, responding to tragedy, confronting birth and parenthood, seeking forgiveness, balancing the place of the individual and the community, bringing sanctity into one’s daily life, and more. Through a textual study of selected passages, this course uncovers the depth and wisdom of the third book of the Torah and reveals its enduring messages that touch our lives to this very day. (10 sessions)

Mondays 7–8:30 p.m.
October 15, 2018
Instructor: Rabbi David Rosenberg

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

(10-Lessons) The complexity of the conflict forces students to wrestle with issues of religion, politics, history, culture, economics, identity, and survival – all reflected through primary sources.

Tuesdays 7–8:30 p.m.
Begins: TBA
Instructor: Carl Schrag

Core I – at the BJE Campus – Sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom and North Shore Congregation Israel

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

Purposes of Jewish Living: explores Jewish thought and beliefs. Essential Jewish theological concepts are presented through in-depth examination of the Bible, Talmud and other sacred texts. 

Couples discount $50 available; contact Rolly Cohen.

Jewish educators, contact Rolly Cohen directly to register: 847.291.7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org

Tuesdays 7–9:15 p.m.
October 16, 2018

Purposes – Marianne Novak

Rhythms – Rabbi David Bauman

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.
March 25, 2019
Instructor: TBA

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

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. 

Couples Discount $50 available; contact Rolly Cohen.

Etz Chaim CEC members get $50 discount if registration is paid in full by September 21!

Sundays 12:30–2:45 p.m.
TBA

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham  

The Star and the Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam

This 10-session course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions. Jews and Muslims have co-existed, at times peacefully and at other times contentiously, for more than a millennium.  

Although there were moments of strife, during the first thousand years after the founding of Islam it was better to be Jewish in a Muslim country than in a Christian country. Outside the Middle East, though, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peacefully and often productively. 

**Register directly with Rolly Cohen at 847.291.7788 x1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org**

Autumn session for Star and Crescent

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Please register for session beginning February 18 below.

Mondays 10:00–11:30 a.m.
October 15, 2018

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham  

Winter/Spring session for Star and Crescent

Mondays 10:00–11:30 a.m.
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 

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. 

Moriah Congregation, 200 Taub Drive, Deerfield

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Begins September 12, 2018

Instructor: Lori Kramer

Bereshit I – From Adam to Abraham

(10 lessons) The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Begins September 6, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz

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.

Moriah Congregation, 200 Taub Drive, Deerfield

Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 11:00 am, begins November 15, 2018

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Begins November 15, 2018

Instructor: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

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 9, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Ben Kramer

 

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 February 14, 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

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 I – From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations

(10 lessons) The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

Oak Park Temple

1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park

Tuesday evenings,  7–8:30 p.m.
Begins: October 9, 2018

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

Thursdays 10–11:00 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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