Adult Education

The International School of Peace Presentation and Discussion

Learn about The International School of Peace— a low cost, high impact school for children between the ages of 5 -16 in the refugee camp on the Island of Lesbos, a Greek Island near Turkey. This school, the brainchild of Israeli educators, Jews of The Hashomer Hatzair Life Movement who joined hands with a group of Arab educators, and members of Ajial Movement, provides children with an environment that promotes collaboration, celebration of differences and similarities, safety, security, and peaceful coexistence among people who have been historically at odds with each other.

Sunday Seminar: God's Monsters with Dr. Esther J. Hamori, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary

God's Monsters with Dr. Esther J. Hamori, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary
 

In the biblical imagination, the heavens are teeming with life—and it isn’t all angels singing. God is surrounded by hybrid creatures, vengeful spirits, divine hitmen, and other bizarre figures who commit remarkably violent acts, all in God’s employ. Who are the monsters skulking through the Bible and what are they telling us about their God? Find out the answers in this Sunday Seminar.

City of Sisterly Activism: Philadelphia Jewish Women's Historical Legacy of Social Advocacy with Melissa Klapper

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day, including suffrage, birth control, Zionism, and the labor and peace movements.  Philadelphia was home to numerous American Jewish women whose activism was grounded in their gender, religious, cultural, and ethnic identities.  This talk will explore some of their stories and their impact on both American Jewish history and American women's history.

Count to a Thousand with author Caroline Igra

Caroline Goldberg Igra, an art historian, author, and triathlete, born, bred and educated in the United States, and one of the very first to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at Rodeph Shalom, has spent the last thirty years living in Israel. Her novel, "Count to a Thousand," tells the story of an American expatriate who constructs a purposefully insular life in Israel similar to the one she'd expected to live back in the United States until it's time to send her eldest child to the army.

Sunday Seminar: BDS and the New Anti-Semitism: What's Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses?

BDS and the New Anti-Semitism: What's Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses? with Asaf Romirowsky, Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Learn about the origins of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and how Israel is being de-legitimized.

RSVP: Candice Nemoff

 

90th Speaker Series: Steven Weisman

Steven Weisman, New York Times Journalist & Author
"How Judaism Became an American Religion"
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00pm

Steven Weisman will discuss his book, The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion, which tells the dramatic history of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries —the personalities that fought each other and shaped its evolution and, crucially, the American dynamic that transformed an ancient religion.

Adult Beginning Hebrew

A basic Hebrew reading course designed for the adult beginner with Rebekah Robinson.

2018-2019 Dates:

September  23, 30   

October 7, 14, 21, 28  

November 4, 11, 18   

December 2, 9, 16   

January 6, 13, 20, 27   

February 3, 10, 24

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April 7, 14, 28

May 5

Cost: $600 members, $900 non-members*

*If cost is an issue, please talk to us to see about what we can do to help subsidize.

ReadRS: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi; Discussion facilitated by Cantor Erin Frankel
Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30pm

Please read this article before the discussion.

ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively book discussions. Bring a snack or beverage to share. Open to all members and prospective members.

Yom Kippur Meditation Study

The session will be led by Ben-Zion Friedman, who will discuss the science behind the benefits of meditation. Ellen Poster will show how Jonah’s ordeal in the belly of the beast may be interpreted as a meditation on personal transformation, and Mel 'Moshe' Seligsohn will lead a guided practice. The curious and the experienced are welcome.

Day of Learning Being Jewish Abroad Then and Now with Rob Levin, moderator, and Gloris and Jack Dunnous, Patricia Isakowitz, Bella Schafer, and Philippe Weisz

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Travel with us across space and time to learn how it is or was to be Jewish in places like Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere. Presenters will speak from first-hand experience or intimate knowledge of family members’ everyday lives, Jewish communal life, and relations with non-Jewish neighbors, co-workers, and officialdom. Come ready to listen, ask questions, and share your own stories of being Jewish abroad.

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