Can you feel change in the air? We celebrated the New Year, sought forgiveness and resolved to do better, dined in the sukkah, and danced with the Torah. Now it is time to embrace our renewed energy by laughing and learning together in our fall 2022 Days of Learning classes during the week of December 5! Tell some jokes, marvel at the beauty of a Modigliani painting, engage in a conversation about our multifaceted American Jewish identity during a tour constructed just for us at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, learn about the history of Israel through two hundred years of one family’s story from Vilna to modern Israel, or participate in our other off the beaten track classes. Our fellow congregants and clergy have designed these classes for your pleasure. We invite you to register for as many of our nine classes as fit your schedule. Feel free to invite your friends.
- Click here to register for Fall 2022 Days of Learning classes.
- Click here to learn more about our presenters.
Days of Learning Planning Group: Joella Claman, Ben-Zion Friedman, Howard Green, Jeffrey Saunders, Jerry Silverman
Chairs: Ellen Poster and Marc Lowenstein
In Memory of Gail “Malka” Meister (z"l)
We dedicate the fall 2022 Days of Learning to Gail “Malka” Meister. Gail designed Days of Learning in 2019 to create profound connections through congregant-to-congregant teaching and learning through a Jewish lens.
She brought her many talents to bear in this exciting adult education program we relish. She lives on in our hearts as we cherish her memory.
When you register, please consider honoring her memory with a donation to help Days of Learning continue to thrive.
Monday, December 5
Let There Be Laughter, 10:30 to 11:30 AM at RS
They say Jews have the best sense of humor, so come and prove it. Bring your favorite stories or jokes. Even if you have nothing funny to share, you can still attend and spend an hour laughing. Jokes will be provided for the humor-impaired! Bagels, schmear, and beverages provided.
American Jews: Are We In or Out - A Unique Tour of The Weitzman’s Special Exhibits,
2:00 to 3:30 PM at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
Join us at the newly reopened Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History to engage with our docent and fellow congregants as we discuss its the special limited-time art exhibitions. So much has changed in our world in the last three years, and the work of the museum’s featured artists is a fascinating response to the clash of identities and conflicting narratives among races, religions, and cultures in America. Our custom designed tour will focus on how Jewish identities and acceptance have changed from 1654 to the present. The tour is handicapped-accessible. Cost: $22/admission. Open to the first sixteen registrants.
Tuesday, December 6
Israel at 75: One Family's Story, 10:30 to 11:30 AM at RS & online
A member of a family that settled in Jerusalem in 1809, Fred Strober will recount his family’s experience in Israel, focusing on its religious, cultural, political, and civic contributions over more than two centuries. Learn about life in Jerusalem over a period of 200 years and how a family that came to Jerusalem for religious reasons played a role in creating and developing the modern State of Israel. Bagels, schmear, and beverages provided.
*CANCELLED* The Secret Chord that Pleased the Lord: A Concert-Lecture on Musical Instruments of the Psalms, 2:00 to 3:30 PM at RS & online
Please join us for a musical adventure exploring the traditional instruments mentioned in our sacred songs. Adam will provide an historical and archaeological overview alongside live demonstrations of several surviving musical descendants, which are still performed and celebrated.
Wednesday, December 7
The REAL Story of Hanukkah, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at RS & online
Rabbi Eli Freedman
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Join Rabbi Freedman to learn about the political underpinnings of the Maccabbean revolt, the clash of Greek vs. Jewish culture, and the rabbinic take on the holiday vs. the historical Book of Maccabees. Bagels, schmear, and beverages provided.
God's Cupboard: Modern Synagogue Ark Design, 2:00 to 3:30 PM at RS & online
Michael Hauptman and Rabbi Jill Maderer
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Despite the many laws governing Jewish prayer and traditions, the objects themselves that are used as part of these rituals express an almost limitless creativity. This session explores the vast variations in the three basic types of arks in contemporary synagogue design: the ark as architecture, as furniture, and as sculpture. Using examples and case studies, the presenters will examine how modern architecture has interpreted, through Jewish law, historic expression, and inspirational references from the sacred scrolls that they contain, the principal focal object of every synagogue’s worship space.
NEW! RS Goes to Morocco, 3:45 to 5:00 PM at RS & online
Rabbi Jill Maderer, moderator
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Join RS Morocco travelers as they recount their experience visiting a Muslim country as Jews. Learn about Morocco's rich history of Judaism, key takeaways, and how Muslims and Jews coexisted there for centuries. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A open to all who attend.
Thursday, December 8
Philly Overlooked: Surprises in Plain View, 9:45 to 10:45 AM at RS & online
Cara Schneider Bongiorno
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Join us for a presentation on intriguing but little-known Philadelphia history in a conversational and interactive format. The class will focus on historic people, places, and events you’re probably familiar with, while sharing overlooked aspects of their stories with ties to Jewish history and values. Bagels, schmear, and beverages provided.
Five Books of Jewish Music, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at RS & online
Lou Bernstein, Jon Broder, Melissa Broder, Cantor Bradley Hyman
Take a tour with our talented musicians through the best of their previous Days of Learning musical offerings with a sampling of Jewish Singer-songwriters, Jews on Broadway, Jews in the Movies, Jews and Rock and Roll and Jews and Jazz. We will revisit some of the most important music of the last hundred years contributed by Jews to the Great American Songbook.
Friday, December 9
Modigliani Up Close at the Barnes, 10:30 to 11:30 AM tour; 12:00 to 1:00 PM lunch & discussion
Our tour will explore Amedeo Modigliani’s working methods and materials. New scholarship by specialists across Europe and the Americans informs a detailed investigation of the artist’s unique style, casting new light on his practice, in an exhibition that brings together pieces from museum collections. Cost: $30/admission, $20/lunch. Open to the first twenty registrants.