Beth Emet
Member's Adult Education Registration - 2020-2021 - 5780-5781

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Adult Education Registration
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  • Jewish Perspective on Climate Change ($25M, $35NM)
  •  Acquiring Your Share in the World to Come in One Moment ($25M; $35NM)
  • The Book of Joshua: Controversy for Modern Israel ($25M; $45NM)
  • The Poetry of Prayer ($25M, $35NM)
  • Religion and Literature ($25M, $35NM)
  • What is Idolatry? ($25M, $35NM)
with Claire Sufrin, Assistant Director of Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University Fridays, January 29 and February 5 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. We will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry, including rewritings of biblical stories, portrayals of religious life, and characters wrestling with religious ideas and values. Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
Fridays, January 15 and 22 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Why is idolatry such a sin in Judaism? Are polytheistic religions idolatrous, their followers condemned by God? Are we in danger of committing idolatry today? Answers depend on what we think idolatry is. We'll draw on texts from the Tanakh, Maimonides, and Yeshayahu Leibowitz. Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35 Samuel Fleishacker is LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His writings include A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), and The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life (Oxford, 2015). Sam received his PhD from the Philosophy Department at Yale University, and taught at Williams College for eight years before coming to UIC.
with *Marci Dickman Thursday, October 29, Wednesday, November 11, and Thursdays, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 22, and May 20 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Participants study as a small group to become b’nei mitzvah together at Beth Emet. If interested in joining this ongoing class, please contact Marci Dickman, Director of Lifelong Education.
with *Rabbi Andrea London Fridays, October 16 – May 21 | 9:30 – 10:35 a.m. There are many ways to interpret Torah and its nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Numbers line by line. New learners are always welcome. No fee for members (please register to receive Zoom link); non-member fee $100
Sundays, October 18 – May 23 | suggested time: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m., or as determined with participant group. For learners with no or limited Hebrew language background. Master the Hebrew alphabet to read and understand Hebrew words and phrases in the prayer book and modern usage; connect Hebrew language with Jewish life, ritual, tradition, and Israel. Member fee $200; non-member fee $250 (five-student minimum for this class)
with *Nancy Fink Tuesdays, October 13 – May 16 | 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. For learners seeking more meaningful participation at services. Improve Hebrew reading fluency while exploring the Shabbat morning worship service and its individual prayers. Learn key Hebrew prayer vocabulary and basic elements of Hebrew grammar. Member fee $200; non-member fee $250 (five-student minimum for this class)
with Dorit Flatt Sundays, October 18 – May 23 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For learners able to sound out and print Hebrew words. Explore the grammar and vocabulary of modern Hebrew through a variety of reading, writing, and speaking activities. Member fee $200; non-member fee $250 (five-student minimum for this class)
with *Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler Wednesday, January 27 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. Celebrate the Birthday of the Trees at a unique, participatory seder, in which we connect this Kabbalist tradition with our Jewish values about the environment and ways we can care for the earth today. Participants are invited to provide their own white wine or grape juice, red wine or grape juice, and three types of fruit: 1) containing an outer peel or shell; 2) containing an inner pit; and 3) entirely edible fruit. No fee (please register to receive Zoom link))
Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Gershom Gorenberg will talk about his new book—the true story of the World War II espionage affair that brought Germany's Erwin Rommel to the very brink of conquering the Middle East. Only a last-minute intelligence breakthrough cut off Rommel's secret source and defeated the Nazis.

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