Do not say ‘when I have time, I shall study’, for you may never have time.” (Pirke Avot)
Coming soon to CBE! CBE Adult Education in partnership with Hebrew College presents:
Me'ah Select: The Islamic Perspective on Jews and Judaism Professor Shari Lowin 10 Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Starting February 7, 2017 Cost for 10 sessions: $335 (Financial aid is available from Hebrew College. See below)
Much of what we know today about how Islam views Jews and Judaism comes from news sources reporting from areas of conflict. But what does Islam really have to say about Jews and Judaism? This course will present students with a more in depth discussion of and analysis of materials relevant to this issue. We will look at the attitude of the Qur’an to Jews and Judaism; the portrayal of Jews in the classical and later Islamic sources; the relationship between Muslim and Jewish exegetical materials; the relationship between Muhammad and the Jews of Medina; medieval polemics against Jews; legal rulings on Jews and Judaism from the classical period to the Spanish period and in the Ottoman Empire; Salafi statements regarding Jews; and more.
Shari Lowin is associate professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. She previously taught at the University of Chicago, Yeshiva University, Brooklyn College and in Ma'ayan. Lowin is fluent in Arabic and has researched and published on a number of topics comparing Judaism and Islam. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Student financial aid is available from Hebrew College by contacting Sara Brown, Associate Director of Me'ah program, at 617-559-8708 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Julie Kozhukhin at email@example.com with other questions.
Yiddishkeit: The Joys of Yiddish Culture and Language Rabbi Lewis Mintz Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22; March 1, 29; April 5, 12, 19; 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Cost: $60 for non-members; free for members
A guided journey through the history, geography, richness, and emotional expressiveness of the language of European Jewry. Using many examples from Yiddish vocabulary, selections from the "Gedoylim" (giants) of Yiddish literature - Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Mendeleh, Isaac Bashevis Singer (Nobel Prize), etc. - we will explore the vitality and creativeness of that now lost world.
We will explore a Ta'm (a taste, a flavor) of Yiddish music, poetry and the flowering of Yiddish Theater in Europe, the U.S. and South America during the first half of the 20th century and its revival in recent years.
We will look at the examples of how Yiddish vocabulary, tone of voice and accent, even in English, has become a part of American theater, film and television. We will include numerous examples of Yiddish expression as used to lovingly wish others well or heap upon the most terrible (though quite philosophical) of curses.
Sunday Minyanim All are welcome to attend, observe and/or participate. Individuals are available to assist others in becoming acquainted with the service, the “laying of teffilin” and/or the saying of Kaddish. Prior experience is not a pre-requisite.
Gather at 8:20 AM and begin the service at 8:30 concluding at approximately 9:10. No registration required.
Shabbat Torah Study, Rabbi Mintz, Leader Rabbi Mintz leads us in a short Shacharit service, which is followed by study and discussion of the weekly parsha. Various translations and commentaries are employed and, we all know, our Rabbi always some interesting take or insight.
Study Torah on Shabbat at 10:00 AM as our schedule allows—watch for announcements in The Staror the Calendar. No registration required.
Wednesday Bible Study, Waky, Leader On Wednesdays when Hebrew School is held (see the Calendar), 1:15‑2:15 PM. No registration required. A group of adult students has been studying Jewish texts for several years. We’ve made our way through the Torah, spent a year working on Pirke Avot and are back to the Tanakh (Bible), continuing with the Book of Judges and into the books of Samuel. All are welcome; the chevruta style of learning, where we all share our thoughts offers a wide perspective on the texts. No previous knowledge is required nor is Hebrew a necessity.
Jewish Meditation,Cantor Sarra Spierer Relax your mind and uplift your spirit! Join Cantor Sarra Spierer for an evening of Jewish meditation. The evening will include mindfulness meditation, chanting, and an inspiring teaching from the weekly Torah portion. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. Meets once per month on a weekday at 7:15 pm; see calendar for dates. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation $10.
To register, or for more information for any class, contact Ezra Habif at (978) 263-3061 or email@example.com. Please register as early as possible for all events and classes, even if there is no charge.
It is the policy of CBE Adult Education that no one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adult Education at Congregation Beth Elohim involves a wide spectrum of life long opportunities to study. Our programming includes continuing curricula in Hebrew language, history, liturgical music and text study. We offer mini courses taught by congregants, our Rabbi and local academicians of the highest caliber.
Longer commitments engage the learner in Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Me’ah, 100 hours of study co-sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Highlights of our year include an entire Shabbat and more with a Scholar-in-Residence. Also, together with the Family Education Committee, a weekend long engagement with special authors as a part of our Am HaSefer program.
We also invite you to hear ongoing speakers concerning current events focused on Israel and the Middle East. Whether you want to come to a 2 hour topical lecture or follow your dream to spend a couple of years preparing for your mid-life “coming of age” opportunity to publicly read from Torah, the Adult Ed program has something to stimulate your spiritual and intellectual interests.