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Our Adult Education Program is driven by our congregants' own interests and is integrated into the context of their lives. Classes offer engaging possibilities to meet new people, exchange ideas and embrace Jewish ideas and history, ritual and culture. Our faculty consists of our clergy, experienced teachers and lay people from Beth Emet and the larger Jewish community. Offerings range from one time events to year-long classes.
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Between Ishmael and Edom
On Jewish Sex
Spanish Art through Sephardic Eyes
Baruch de Spinoza
Jewish & Israeli Poetry
Traditions in the Kitchen
Between Ishmael and Edom: Judah HaLevi and Moses ben Nachman with Dr. David Shyovitz
Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 10:45 a.m.
This course will survey Jewish culture and thought in medieval Spain through the lens of two particular figures: R. Judah ha-Levi, a twelfth century Andalusian poet and author of the Kuzari, one of the most famous works of medieval Jewish theology; and R. Moses ben Nachman (Nachmanides/Ramban), a thirteenth century halachist, exegete, theologian and polemicist. Specific topics will include each thinker's attitudes toward non-Jewish (Muslim and Christian) culture, their approaches to mysticism and rationalism, and the interplay between tradition and innovation in their writings.
I and Thou: On Jewish Sex with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Wednesdays, November 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
What does Judaism have to say about how we conduct our most intimate relationships? How is a couple supposed to interact in the bedroom, and what surprising insights does the tradition offer about what they might do there? What might Judaism have to offer folks who aren't exactly ready to settle down? How does and can sexuality impact our relationships with God? Ourselves? How does traditional Judaism intersect with sex-positive feminism? What does it mean to move through the world with a 21st century Jewish sexual ethic? This two-part series will address these questions, and more.
Spanish Art through Sephardic Eyes with Jordi Pedrola
Sunday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Jews lived on the Iberian Peninsula for hundreds of years prior to their expulsion in 1492, and even in exile their culture flourished all over the world, wherever they went. This class will explore the history of the Sephardic Jews of Spain through their art. Mr. Pedrola will also discuss and present his own artwork, describe how his Sephardic roots have played an integral part, and why he became an artist. He will share his background and education while growing up in Spain and talk about the Jewish community living there today.
Daily Amidah with Betsy Fuchs
Mondays, November 11 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Reform Jews know the Shabbat Amidah, which contains seven short prayers including K’dushat HaYom - holiness of the (Shabbat) day. The daily Amidah contains nineteen prayers, replacing the Shabbat prayer with thirteen prayers of petition. The first session will introduce the daily Amidah’s nineteen prayers using Reform and Conservative translations. Suggestions will be presented for ways you can get personal with the prayers and ways to consider adapting some of them as a daily prayer practice. The second session will include time to meditate or pray creatively using the daily Amidah and time for group discussion and reactions to experiencing the nineteen prayers.
Current Politics with Joyce Schrager
Monday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m.
An interactive discussion of contemporary events focusing on topics such as recent Supreme Court decisions, upcoming congressional and gubernatorial elections, Israel and the larger Middle East, and the role of the United States in the world today.
Baruch de Spinoza: Philosopher, Heretic and Founder of Modern Democracy
with Dr. David Lay Williams
Fridays, December 6 and 13 at 10:45 a.m.
Baruch de Spinoza represents one of the most important and controversial philosophers of the modern age. Born in 1632 to a prominent merchant family in the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam, he developed a unique and decidedly modern view of knowledge, God, politics, and ethics. His views were, in fact, so modern that he was excommunicated from his family's faith while a young man. Taking solace in exile, Spinoza crafted his works that would forever change the Western world. This class will sketch out the principles of Spinoza’s philosophy.
Jewish and Israeli Poetry with Dina Elenbogen
Sunday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Dina joined by Rabbi London, will discuss the spiritual and evocative work of the Israeli poet Zelda.
Traditions in the Kitchen with Sharon Glazer and Robyn Kane
Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Come explore Jewish cooking with some of Beth Emet's finest chefs. We will learn from two fellow congregants who have graciously agreed to share their expertise and their favorite recipes. Sharon Glazer and her daughter Robyn Kane will share some of their techniques for homemade soup. Participants will prepare a number of easy and healthy soups that are delicious in any season.