Adult Education

Advanced Jewish Studies

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

EIGHT SESSIONS: February 7, 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20; April 17; May 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Breakfast Nosh & Schmoozing : 9:00-9:15 a.m.
Class: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Avenue • Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

Price Per Person: $90 | JCC or Temple Solel Member: $70 • Materials Included
Special Offer: 1/2 OFF 2nd family member (spouse/partner/grandparent/etc)
Scholarships Available

TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154 • www.sdcjc.org/foundations

FIRST SESSION FREE: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Childcare Available

NEW FOR PARENTS!

Foundations of Jewish Family Living provides you:
• A thought-provoking encounter with the core values and ideas of Judaism
• The learning, language and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home
• Meaningful connections to PJ Library books and the Shalom Sesame video series

Led by: Jennifer Meltzer

"We loved taking this course, as it helped strengthen our foundation as a couple, and then put into action to strengthen our family’s Jewish identity. It helped us to reflect on ourselves as people and think about how we can be better Jewish role models to our children. A wonderful experience!"
— Hannah Martin, Foundations Student, Atlanta

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Advanced Jewish Studies

What Is Your Story? Explore the Process of Creating your own Ethical Will

February 17, 2016 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. or 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037


Instructor: Kohenet Nancy Handwerger


"What is your story? What wisdom do you want to pass on?

“The Act of Writing Links your Soul to a Wonderful Tradition of Discovery, Meaning and Wisdom,” …… Edward Hoffman

The intent of this workshop is to highlight gleanings of key experiences and qualities you have used to guide your life. It will be your journey toward deepening self-discovery, spiritual awareness and values to share with loved ones.

We'll begin an important tool toward spiritual deepening and honoring Jewish values that you may pass on through a letter or an ethical will to those whom you love. We'll start that writing process together.

As a Kohenet, an ordained Hebrew Priestess, Nancy brings forth the Divine Feminine through Jewish spiritual leadership, creative ritual, and the archetypal roles of women in the Bible. She writes dialogues related to the stories of these women. Nancy is a life-long learner, student and teacher of Jewish studies and mysticism. She is a former Yoga teacher and, currently, as a certified Jewish Meditation Teacher, leads meditation groups connecting the Hebrew Letters with art forms. For over 25 years Kohenet Handwerger, LCSW, integrated hands-on-healing along with her psychotherapy practice. She graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and has trained in Jewish Shamanism and other healing modalities. Nancy enjoys playing piano, drums and dancing."

 

Price: $20.00; JCC Member Price: $16.00

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Advanced Jewish Studies

Confronting Genocide: How Germans Remember Their Past

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 2 Sessions: February 23 and March 1, 2016 10:00am-12:00pm
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037


Instructor: Dr. Susanne Hillman


"This two-part course provides an overview of the ways (West) Germans have dealt with their “unmasterable” past from 1945 to the present. Rather than endeavor a comprehensive exploration of the seventy years since Germany’s defeat, we will focus on particular “Holocaust moments,” i.e. incidents that serve as flash-points in Germany’s troubled relationship with its Nazi past including the Auschwitz trial, the Bitburg debacle, the Historians’ Quarrel, and the Goldhagen Debate. The first part covers the period from 1945 to 1989, the second the years since unification.

Susanne Hillman obtained her Ph.D. in modern European history, with an emphasis in German-Jewish history, from UC San Diego. Besides lecturing history at UCSD, she has been managing the Holocaust Living History Workshop, an outreach and education program of the UCSD Library and the Jewish Studies program. Her work has been published in a variety of scholarly journals including German Studies Review and the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book. "

Price: $50; JCC Member Price $40

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Advanced Jewish Studies

Brothers Keepers: What Jews Have to Say About The New Testament

3 SESSIONS: Monday, February 29; Wednesday, March 2 & Thursday, March 3, 2016
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037


Instructor: Professor Rebecca Moore


"Beginning in the nineteenth century, Jewish scholars published analyses of the New Testament, for Christians as well as Jews. Generally critical of Paul, they tended to admire Jesus as a rabbi, Pharisee, holy man, teacher, and pious Jew. The twentieth-century descendants of these ancestors continued to bring Jewish insights—such as knowledge of Hebrew, the Talmud, and Jewish tradition—into their readings of the New Testament. Three lectures highlight key individuals and their contributions to illuminating the interpretation of this key Christian text.

Dr. Rebecca Moore, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, San Diego State University. Author of Women in Christian Traditions (New York University Press 2015), Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple (Praeger 2009), Voices of Christianity: A Global Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2005), Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor (Scholars Press 1998), and co-author with Risa Levitt Kohn of A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (Rowman and Littlefield 2007)."

Price: $60; JCC Member Price $50

Register by Phone or For More Info: Adult Jewish Education, 858.362.1154


Advanced Jewish Studies

In the Eye of the Storm: Threats to Israel’s Security from its Tumultuous Region

Class Dates: 4 Sessions: March 8 - 29, 2016 10:00am-11:30am
Or 7:00pm -8:30pm
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037

Instructor: Sanford Lakoff, Ph.D.




"Join us on a fascinating journey with Professor Sanford Lakoff who will cover the following:

1. Strengths and Weaknesses: The Military Balance, Regional Realignment, European and UN Pressure, and Strains in the US-Israel Alliance
2. The Palestinians and their Perpetual Intifada
2. The Jihadis: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, Islamic Jihad, et al.
3. The Syrian Civil War and its Potential Spillover and Aftermath
4. Iran’s Relentless Hostility and its Encircling Tentacles in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza
5. Israel’s Key Defensive Priorities

Lakoff is founding chair of the Department and 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) and Strategic Defense in the Nuclear Age and Ten Political Ideas that have Shaped the Modern World (September 2011); co-author of Science and the Nation: Policy and Politics, Energy and American Values, and A Shield in Space?: Technology, Politics, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has also edited a half dozen volumes, including Knowledge and Power: Essays on Science and Government. He has contributed over fifty essays to edited volumes, journals, and encyclopedias."

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

Register by Phone or For More Info: Adult Jewish Education, 858.362.1154


Previous Lectures

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

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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.


Advanced Jewish Studies

In The Beginning: The First Families of Genesis

Class Dates: Wednesays, 3 Weeks: January 13, 20 and February 3, 2016 11:00am-12:30pm
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037


Instructor: Rabbi Yael Ridberg


"The early stories of our ancestors Abraham and Sarah, Isaac & Rebecca, Jacob & Rachel & Leah are filled with drama, trickery, and more complexity than an HBO series.

Join us and explore this interactive class and analyze how the characters' imperfections and emerging identities fuel the quest for divine promise ; and can serve as examples for us today of the multifaceted human encounter with the world

Yael B. Ridberg serves as the rabbi of Congregation Dor Hadash in San Diego, California. A 1997 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Ridberg served for two years as the first Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York.

Rabbi Ridberg serves as an author, commentator, advisory committee member for Guide to Jewish Reconstructionist Practice series published by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and is a chapter author for the 2007 URJ publication, Life, Faith and Cancer. Her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Times of Israel, and Kveller."

Price: $60; JCC Member Price $50

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


Advanced Jewish Studies

Art, Stories, and Movements: Jewish Art Through the Ages

Class Dates: Fridays, 4 Weeks: January 8, 15, 22, 29 10:00am-11:30am at JCC
Morning class at Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037

Instructor: Guri Stark


Join us to explore the lives and art of four amazing artists. This time we will cover a broad spectrum from Leonardo da Vinci and the History of Renaissance in Italy, the intriguing art of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and the history of Mexico, the hypnotic art of the tormented Vincent Van Gogh and the genius/crazy art of Salvador Dali and the surrealism movement. The class, a four weekly sessions, will also touch on the Jewish aspect of these artists. As before, all the lectures put in perspective the artists' personal life, their artistic style and how it is positioned relative to other art movements of the time, and world historical events that influenced the artist and the world of art.

A unique artist and musician trapped in the body of an engineer, Guri has been painting in watercolors for over 25 years. Born in Israel, Guri moved to the United States 28 years ago. With his distinctively strong and brilliant watercolors, Guri made a name for himself as an artist in Israel, Denver Colorado, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, California where he participated in numerous shows, exhibitions and galleries.

Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65

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


Advanced Jewish Studies

The Apocrypha: The Story of the Forbidden Books

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 6 Weeks: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 16 10:00am-11:30am at JCC and 7:00pm-8:30pm at CBA
Morning class at Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037
Evening class at Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Rd, San Diego, CA 92130

Instructor: Noah Hadas


Class Description: By the first century of the common era, the first two sections of today’s Tanakh (Torah and Prophets) were fixed. There was debate, however, about which other books were "holy" and deserved to be included in the Jewish canon. Those that were eventually accepted are found today in the third section of the Tanakh, the "Writings" or "Ketuvim". The books that were excluded were declared "forbidden" to Jews and are today contained in the collection termed the Apocrypha in many Christian Bibles.

Were these books prohibited because they were injurious to Jews in some way? Do they contain material that is blasphemous? We will read sections of these works to learn about the historical times in which they were created, and to try to understand the danger that lurks within their pages. Beware, this class may be addictive!

About the teacher: Noah Hadas was Director of Adult Jewish Education at the Agency for Jewish Education and then the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture from 2001-2014. He was the Director of San Diego’s Florence Melton Adult Mini-School in which he teaches classes on Jewish philosophy and history. Noah has developed and taught a number of classes focused on ancient and medieval Jewish history. Prior to coming to San Diego, Noah received two Master’s Degrees, one in Astrophysics, and one in Judaic Studies. He was awarded the 2001 Bible Studies Prize while a doctoral student at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.

Price: $120; JCC Member Price $100

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Advanced Jewish Studies

Joseph is More Than a Technicolor Dreamcoat

December 11, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Lawrence Family JCC
Free

The Joseph stories, Bereshit 37-50, cover many aspects of the history of the ancient Israelites. It is a brief look back at how the individuals began to emerge as a nation. It is foundational in that it provides us with insight into how our ancestors first sojourned in Egypt with a glimpse into Egyptian life and style. Furthermore it helps us to understand how the ancient Israelites move from nuclear familial clans into a larger community. In this session we will have an overview of these stories and examine the specific character of Joseph from his progression of a self-centered, egotistical teenager, into a responsible perceptive leader and adult. Join us for a lively discussion.

Janice P. Alper, DJRE, has had an extensive career as a Jewish educator and communal worker. She has taught at all levels. In her recent residency here in San Diego her focus has been on working with adults. Currently she leads a monthly study group at Congregation Beth Israel and an annual course for the Osher Adult Lifelong Learning Institute. She has taught in the Melton program in Australia and San Diego. Her primary focus as a teacher of texts is to examine the content from historical, literary and religious perspectives. She likes to engage participants in dialogue and welcomes all opinions and challenges.



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

 

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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


 

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