Adult Education

ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES - Sizzling Summer Classes

Maimonides: The Man, His Life and His Works

July 13 - August 3
Mondays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Congregation Beth Israel) or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (LFJCC)

Instructor: Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD


Alas, it is impossible to overstate Moses Maimonides’ influence on Judaism. Maimonides transformed Jewish literature and Jewish thought. He systematized, codified, and rationalized the Jewish traditions which he had inherited. This course will immerse us in the family, life, times, works, and thought of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (RaMBaM). Travel from the poetry-infused life of Andalusia to the medical clinic RaMBaM ran outside of Cairo. We’ll look at his commentary, code, philosophy, and letters, and we’ll see how his son’s attraction to Sufi mysticism was both predictable and an uncanny precursor to post-Enlightenment Judaism.

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


Advanced Jewish Studies - Sizzling Summer Classes

The Genius of Jewish Story-Telling: A Literary Journey from the Bible to Modern Israel

July 16 - August 6
Thursdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Congregation Beth Israel)

Instructor: Professor Nehama Aschkenasy, PhD

In her series on the genius of Jewish storytelling, Professor Nehama Aschkenasy will take us on a dramatic, eventful journey through the entire spectrum of Judaic literary imagination, stringing together ancient narratives and modern stories by following recurring Judaic themes and motifs.

We will thus embark on a voyage across the Jewish historical experience, from the Bible to modern realities in Israel and in the diaspora, embodied in tales and their characters, and examine how they represent the tumultuous Jewish saga through time and the various features of Jewish history and culture.

With every lecture focusing on a major literary paradigm, the surtitles of the individual lectures are:  -Home and Homelessness; -Arguing with God: the Jobian Voice in Hebraic Literary Tradition; -Rewriting the ‘Binding of Isaac’: The Literary Odyssey of the Tale of the Aqeda; - The Aqeda and Its Geopolitical Echoes in Israeli Writings.

During each session we will read representative works from some of the Jewish and Hebrew literary masters, beginning with biblical narratives through writers such as Yehuda Halevi,  Sholem Aleichem, the Nobel Prize Winner S.Y. Agnon, Philip Roth, Elie Weisel, the popular Israeli woman writer Savyon Liebrecht, and the internationally- renowned Amos Oz, David Grossman, and others. 

Dr. Aschkenasy is a Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut and the Director, Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies in University of Connecticut, Stamford.

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

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES - Sizzling Summer Classes

The J in Art History: A Journey Into Art Through Personal Life Stories and World Events

July 28 - August 18
Tuesdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel

Instructor: Guri Stark


A Unique way to Understanding Art in the context of personal life stories, world history event and art movements This series will explore various art history topics from early Israeli artists Nachum Gutman and Reuven Rubin who documented with their art the story and the history of Tel Aviv, to Marc Chagall, the main Jewish artist of the 20th century, as well as the fascinating story of the 1930’s Degenerate Art (the title that Hitler gave to the art that he didn’t like) and the intriguing story of Pablo Picasso. Guri Stark is an artist, author, lecturer and high-tech professional.

Congregation Beth Israel

9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


Advanced Jewish Studies - Sizzling Summer Classes

Israel: Retrospect and Prospect

August 13 - September 3
Thursdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Congregation Beth Israel) or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (LFJCC)

Instructor: Professor Sanford Lakoff


This course will examine four topics, one in each class: 1) Zionism and the rebirth of Israel from Herzl to Ben-Gurion; 2) Israel’s struggles for survival and its emergence as a regional military power; 3) The social, political, and economic changes that have reshaped the country and 4) The “peace process” from the rise of the PLO and Hamas to the Oslo Accords and the present impasse.

Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Congregation Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive
San diego, CA 92122

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


Advanced Jewish Studies - Sizzling Summer Classes

Sex, Vitality and Longevity: The Key to Meaningful Life

September 25 - October 9, 2015
Fridays, 3 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Instructor: Dr. Gary Frost, Dr. Ilana De Laney & Jacquelyn Schwartz


Modern science makes a very convincing case for the human system being "built" to last for 125 years. Studies show that life choices we make throughout our lifetime impacts this number. Our life expectancy today is greater than at any time in history; how we spend those years is the key to a meaningful life. Examine the formula for a healthy long life through an overview of research and academic study presented by Dr. Gary Frost, learn how to experience greater happiness and well-being by living mindfully with Jacquelyn Schwartz, MA, LMFT, joined by an interactive text study from Jewish resources with Dr. Ilana De Laney.

Price: $60; JCC Member Price $50

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES - Sizzling Summer Classes

Introduction to Jewish Texts

October 1 or 8, 2015

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Ilana DeLaney
Dr. Ilana DeLaney
Leonard Rosenthal
Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal

October 1, 7:00 p.m., Lawrence Family JCC with Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal or October 8, 9:30 a.m., Lawrence Family JCC with Dr. Ilana De Laney What is the Tanakh and the Talmud? and what is the difference between Midrash and Mishna? In order to study the evolution of Judaism, you must use Jewish texts from a number of historical periods. In this class, we will explore the most important of these texts. This class will also serve as an introduction to the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Melton Classes begin October, 2015.

Price: $10; JCC Member Price $5

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


Previous Lectures

Eat, Pray, Farm: An Exploration of Jews and Agriculture in America

June 2 - 23, 2015
Tuesdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
North County Hub, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024

Instructor: Joellyn Zollman


Examine the roots of Jewish farming on the site of San Diego’s own growing Jewish community farm. As the course progresses, we will move from farm to table, considering contemporary food justice and sustainability in a Jewish context. Don’t be a chicken! Sign up today.

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

Generously sponsored by Leichtag Foundation.

In collaboration with Hazon.

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


 

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