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Community Scholar Program
Brotherhood Synagogue Adult Education is now a partner of the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP). Each month we’ll publish new class offerings.
Inside the Jewish Imagination
Mondays: October 18 & 25 | November 1 & 8 at 7:00 pm
Part I: The World In (And Out) Of The Mirror | Part II: Getting Emotional
Part III: Things That Haunt Our Dreams | Part IV: Dreams of Subversion
We’re often told that the Jews are People of the Book and that Judaism is all about Jewish texts. All this is true. But it’s also true that Jews were a people of imagination, invention and emotion. That part of Jewish history is harder to access than, say, the laws of kosher food, immigration statistics, or the history of Zionism, or the Holocaust. What most thrilled and frightened Jews? What made them sad and elated them? What did they anticipate or dread beyond the world in which they lived? Join Professor Marc Michael Epstein for a lively discussion that will take us off-the beaten path in the history of Jewish culture and open new landscapes for our exploration.
Marc Michael Epstein is Professor of Religion on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair and Director of Jewish Studies. He has been teaching at Vassar since 1992, and currently serves as Director of Jewish Studies. His most recent book, Skies Of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (Princeton, 2015) was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (Yale, 2011) was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2011.
Coming in November: A History of Anti-Semitism
Mondays at 7:00 pm
Anti-Semitism has been called “the oldest hatred,” and, indeed, it has been a factor in human history every since there have been Jews. Professor Ágnes Vetö of Vassar College offers an exploration of the historical trajectory from religious to racial Jew-hatred through the study of religious, historical, political and sociological sources as well as forays into art and literature.
Dr. Ágnes (Ági) Vetö grew up in Budapest, and was educated there and in Oxford, London, and Paris, and Jerusalem. She received the PhD in Jewish Studies from NYU with an emphasis on Talmud and Rabbinic literature, and holds rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat as a poseket, a decisor of Jewish law.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Alder and Cantor Isaac Yager
Wednesdays at 7 pm beginning October 20
It’s never too late to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Whether you studied Hebrew years ago or are starting from scratch, whether you are a convert to Judaism or were born Jewish, this can be a very meaningful learning opportunity.
Brotherhood Synagogue is excited to offer an adult B’nai Mitzvah program scheduled to begin this October. Guided by Rabbi Daniel Alder and Cantor Isaac Yager, this class will meet regularly over an 18-month period and will culminate in a Shabbat service led by members of the class.
The curriculum will focus on learning to read Hebrew, chanting Torah and Haftorah, and discussing applicable Jewish laws and customs. The program also offers the opportunity for participants to develop close relationships with one another and to reflect on the role that Judaism can play in their lives today.
The course will be tailored to fit individual ability levels, using a variety of materials and strategies. The group will progress toward its B’nai Mitzvah celebratory service — on a date determined by the group — to be shared with family and friends both within and beyond the Brotherhood Synagogue community. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Rabbi Alder.
Jewish Current Events: with Phil Rothman
7:00–8:00 pm | Tuesdays
Coming again this summer!
How Jewish law (halacha) relates to a variety of current topics and trends including the challenge of ectogenesis(the artificial womb); rent regulations; the vaccination tightrope; and dinosaurs and wooly mamoths — is there a Jewish viewpoint? We will discuss these and other topics of interest from a halachic perspective. Check the weekly email for Zoom links.
Lunch & Learn: Torah Portion of the Week with Phil Rothman
Thursdays, 12:00–1:30 pm (ongoing)
Join in a discussion of the Torah Portion of the Week. BYOL (Bring your own lunch). Check our Weekly Email for Zoom information.
** Please also check our Weekly Mail and Monthly Bulletin for the latest on Adult Ed classes we are offering and for registration details.
We invite you to experience Judaism on a new level. You can take a
year-long course or a single class, come to a three-session series or attend a once-a-month discussion group. Classes, lectures, concerts, and tours are all opportunities to deepen your connection to Judaism. We offer classes at all levels of learning. You are welcome to participate in any course or event no matter your prior Jewish educational background. Our clergy, teachers, and guest speakers are dedicated to helping you develop and strengthen your relationship to Judaism.
Adult Education Fall 2021**