Adult Education

SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Naomi Shemer: First Lady of Israeli Song and Poetry

June 9 – July 1
Mondays or Tuesdays, 4 weekly sessions

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Carlsbad

Naomi Shemer is widely considered to be the First Lady of Israeli Song. In writing and singing "Jerusalem of Gold," she succeeded in connecting Jews to their roots, and in balancing the tension between past and present. She linked the ordinary with the festive, the countryside with the city and the history of Israel between war and peace. Ten years after her death, let us bring her back to life as we go over her words and melodies, and let's discover the treasure she left for us all.

Instructor: Elisheva Edelson
Price: $75; JCC Member Price $60

 

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Congregation B'nai Tikvah: 2510 Gateway Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Convivencia: The Golden Age of Spain

June 18 – July 9
Wednesdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC

Convivencia, "living together," is the term used to describe the seven centuries in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together on the Iberian Peninsula before the Jewish expulsion in 1492. This lecture series will explore the history of this era and the achievements in science, medicine, literature, philosophy, and the arts that earned this era its reputation as the Golden Age of Spain.

Instructor: Laurel Corona
Price: $85; JCC member Price $70
Class fee includes a copy of The Mapmaker's Daughter.

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Pewish and Jewish: The American Jewish Experience
From the Late 20th Century Through Today

July 10 – July 31
Thursdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC

The recent Pew survey on American Jewish life has generated a lot of conversation and controversy. Join us to create more of both! This four week class will consider what historians and sociologists have identified as the great themes and challenges of late 20th century American Jewish experience, like the Holocaust, Israel, Feminism and spirituality. Then, we'll see how the Pew study offers both confirmation and surprises when it comes to what we thought we knew about contemporary American Jewish life.

Instructor: Professor Joellyn Zollman
Price: $75; JCC member Price $60

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Fascinating Facts: Myths and Mysteries of Judaism

August 7 – September 4
Thursdays, 5 weekly sessions

10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC

In a lighthearted style that allows for both easy conversation and in-depth discussion, this course debunks common misconceptions and introduces little known but important facts about Judaism that seek to intrigue, surprise, and inform Jews about the richness and scope of their heritage.

Instructor: Rabbi Baruch Ezagui
Price: $90; JCC member Price $72

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


All About Eve

March 25 - May 27, 2014 (no class April 15 or 22)
(8 weekly sessions)
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. OR 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC

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Instructors: Professor Risa Levitt Kohn and Professor Rebecca Moore

In western culture and religion, the Genesis story of Eve and Adam has established and dominated views about women and gender. In this class we will explore the biblical account of Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2 and 3), and its afterlife in post-Biblical, early Jewish and Christian sources including the Pseudepigrapha of the Second Temple period, the writings of the Church Fathers, Gnostic sources, and Rabbinic Midrashim. These texts have had a powerful influence over western views of women's roles and worth. We will explore the various depictions and interpretations and 21st century re-invention of the "First Lady" of the Bible, examining the genesis of notions of gender and analyzing fundamental questions about what it means to be a man, or to be a woman in the Bible and beyond.

Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn is a professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism at San Diego State University where she also serves as Chair of the Religious Studies department, the Classics and Humanities department, and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. Hers was the first Doctorate awarded from UC San Diego in Ancient History and Hebrew Bible. Dr. Levitt Kohn's work includes A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, The Exile and the Torah (Sheffield Academic Press) and A Portable God, the Origin of Judaism and Christianity, co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Moore (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Rebecca Moore has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University (1996), where her specialty was Jewish and Christian dialogue. She has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish Biblical commentary. Most recently she is publishing a feminist analysis of the role women have played in the development of Christianity. Women in Christian Traditions will be published by New York University Press in Fall 2014.

Price: $150; JCC Member Price: $120
A minimum of 15 students is required to conduct each class.
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Israel in the News: A Discussion of Current Events

February 19, March 26, April 30, and May 14, 2014 (4 sessions)
Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. OR 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC

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Lecturer: Professor Sanford Lakoff, Dickson Professor Emeritus of Political Science, UCSD

The late Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg*, a fine man and a noted scholar of Zionism, once visited the home of Murray* and Zelda* Goodman in La Jolla. He said wistfully that he longed for the day when Israel would be off the front pages of the newspapers. That day has not yet come to pass. Israel remains embattled and faces serious threats. Fortunately it has inner and outer resources, the support of the Jewish community around the world, and allies like the United States and Canada. In this class we will examine both the challenges Israel faces and the responses it is making. We will meet once a month to review the key events. Prof. Lakoff will comment on the latest developments and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Sanford Lakoff, Ph.D., is Edward A. Dickson professor emeritus of political science at UCSD. He earned his doctorate at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Government. He is founding chair of the Department of Political Science at UCSD and is a distinguished scholar in political philosophy and science and public policy. He is the author of Equality in Political Philosophy, Democracy: History, Theory and Practice, and Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land (1998, University of Chicago Press) among others. He has also contributed over fifty essays to edited volumes, journals, and encyclopedias.

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $60
Register/Information: Ilene Tatro, (858) 362-1154

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Former program of the Agency for Jewish Education
Co-Sponsored by Jewish Federation of San Diego County and the Leichtag Family Foundation.