Adult Education

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


Advanced Jewish Studies

From Hasidism to Heschel: Modern Jewish Thought from Eastern Europe

Class Dates:

PM Class, Mondays, 8 weeks:
October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 16, 23, 30, December 7
7:00pm-8:30pm
J-Team Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037

AM class: Tuesdays, 8 Weeks:
October 13, 17, 24, November 3, 17, 24, December 1, 8,
10:00am-11:30am
Teen Lounge, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037

 

Instructor: Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD


Throughout the 20th century, courses in modern Jewish thought focused almost exclusively on legal reforms coming out of 19th-century Germany. Let's shift perspectives and look at the emergence of Hasidism and their opponents - the Mitnagdim; the cultural reforms of Modern Orthodoxy; the curriculum of the Mussar movement(a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed in the 19th century ); and the synthetic Zionism of Rav Kook.

About the teacher: Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University (2001) and was subsequently ordained as a Conservative Rabbi by the Ziegler School (2009). Cherry wrote the first user-friendly text book on Jewish biblical commentary: Torah Through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times and is featured lecturer for The Great Course’s “Introduction to Judaism.”

Price: $160; JCC Member Price $130

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


Advanced Jewish Studies

Meetings with Martin Buber: A Spiritual Journey

Class Dates: Two Sessions, November 23, 30
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Senior Activity Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., San Diego, CA 92037

Instructor: Professor David Barzilai, Ph.D.


Mordechai Martin Buber (Vienna 1878 – Jerusalem 1965) was one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the Twentieth Century and one of the most distinguished philosophers and spiritual leaders of the modern era. Since its publication in 1923, Martin Buber's book I and Thou has had a tremendous impact on academic discourse as well as an immense personal impact on readers all over the world. In these sessions we will explore the life, work and influence of this great mind and spirit.

Professor Barzilai holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and Jewish thought and an MA in Jewish history and Holocaust studies and a BA in education and Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For over twenty years he has taught dozens of courses to thousands of students, offering a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, Jewish thought and philosophy, on Israel and Middle East politics, and on the Holocaust. Among his most demanded courses are the politics of Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, a political history of Jerusalem, and the Holocaust. He also teaches regularly for the San Diego chapter of Brandeis, and lectures in Jewish religious institutions and for Jewish social groups like Hadassah.

Price: $40; JCC Member Price $32.50

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

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 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

 

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

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

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.


 

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