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The Center for Adult Jewish Education continues to expand, as word spreads about our outstanding faculty and curricula. These classes are developed and taught by master educators in the community on a variety of subjects. When adults study Judaism, new meaning is brought to their lives. The Center is committed to providing our adult learners with access to Jewish learning at the highest level of excellence.

Exploring the Tanakh

This ongoing class is in its eleventh year at the BJE. Master educator, Dr. Jane Shapiro, inspires students to dig deeply into the meaning of the Tanakh by way of ancient and modern commentaries. This group of students love learning together and see this class as an intrinsic part of their lives. The learning community reads the text carefully, sharing commentaries and adding midrashim for a strong literary approach both in chevrutah (partners) or as a class. Exploring the Tanakh meets weekly for 1 ½ hours from September through June. We are proud to continue to offer this outstanding, high level course to the community.

Kol Isha: In the Beginning

Kol Isha is reaching higher, going deeper. Join us for a semester of exploration of meanings within the text of Genesis. Using the new English edition of Mikrot Gadolot, Great Readings, we will discover the insights of commentators across the centuries and add those of our own, helping us better understand the modern world.

Mondays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 9, September 16, September 23, October 7, and October 28
BJE Campus, 3320 Dundee Road, Northbrook 
Fran Alpert & Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz

Jewish News Update

Carl Schrag, former Editor of the Jerusalem Post, has turned this class into one of our most sought after learning opportunities. After successfully teaching the Rachel Wasserman Scholar Course, Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict for two years to a large group of enthusiastic learners who were mostly Melton graduates, master educator Carl’s in depth course on current events has attracted many students. We are offering two Wednesday morning 12-session courses, one beginning September 18 and the other beginning February 5, and a Tuesday evening 10-session course beginning September 17, 2019.

Study in the Suburbs

Each of the three study sessions in the winter will be centered on crisis in our lives.  Relying on source material from Biblical and Rabbinic texts, there will be discussions on the principles and interpretation of Jewish law over the centuries and how to apply these reponsa to contemporary dilemmas. This popular “lunch and learn,” held at the BJE, attracts business leaders and serious learners from the surrounding suburbs for 1 ½ hours of lively debate and learning. Twenty to thirty learners typically attend this offering.

Day/Dates: Thursdays; January 23, February 20 and March 19, 2020

Noon – 1:30 pm at the BJE campus

Faculty: Rabbi Michael Schwab

To register, contact Rolly Cohen at 847.291.7788 x 1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org

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