Rabbi Aaron S. Gold Institute of Adult Jewish Studies
Class Schedule 2014/2015
“What’s Up?” Current Events Forum
with Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal
Rabbi Rosenthal will be conducting an “Open Forum”, discussing current events from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. in the Cohen Social Hall on select Sunday mornings. Parents with children attending the Gesher Program are welcome to join us for T’fillah and a group discussion for the last 30 minutes of the class from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.!
You do not need to attend every session. Drop in and join the discussion.
Our November 16th Topic:
Church vs. State: “The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Hobby Lobby”
According to the Christian Science Monitor:
“The US Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the owners of closely-held, profit-making corporations cannot be forced under the Affordable Care Act to provide their employees with certain kinds of contraceptives that offend their religious beliefs.” (July 10, 2014)
Do you agree or disagree with the ruling? Should corporations have “Freedom of Religion?”
We will meet on the following dates:
|October 12||December 14||February 8||April 12|
|*November 16||January 11||March 15||May 17|
*Special 9:30 start time
Are you a “Wondering Jew”? If so, consider attending our Florence Melton 27-week course beginning Thursday, October 23. This is your opportunity to explore classic Jewish sources, investigate issues of Jewish thought, practices and ethics, and advance your knowledge of Jewish history.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is an innovative concept for Jewish learners from all backgrounds, aimed at enabling Jewish adults to learn seriously about our heritage and culture in a challenging and inspiring course of study.
For more details, click here.
Previous offerings included:
Engaging Israel: Foundation for a New Relationship
A nine-week learning experience beginning November 18, taught by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal
“The Jewish community has been living off the crisis narrative for too long and has not yet begun to develop a language and argument for integrating the meaning of Israel in the new and complex Jewish consciousness.”
This intriguing and challenging quote comes from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s sourcebook for their course: “Engaging Israel: Foundation for a New Relationship.”
This nine-week learning experience is predicated on the belief that American Jews will no longer support Israel because they believe it is the diminutive David against the hulking Goliath, but must learn new substantial and meaningful reasons to back the Jewish state. Such new exploration must also take into consideration Israel’s critics as well as champions.
As part of an initiative sponsored by the Southern California Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal will be teaching the Shalom Hartman Engaging Israel course at Tifereth Israel Synagogue beginning on Monday, November 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Torah Discussion Group
Attend our Torah Discussion group, which will occur after specific Shabbat morning services. These are not “lectures.” Rather, the format is interactive with “challenge questions” that make for interesting discussion and participation. Click here for more information.
The Hebrew Alphabet
Instructor: Professor Zev Bar-Lev
Lift yourself to the loftiest levels of Judaism with the Hebrew alphabet. This ten-week course teaches and practices the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet (zero prior knowledge assumed). And it won’t be very hard; it’s nice that the letters are a lot like English letters. Just add an arc below L and you’ve got Hebrew Lamed (and they mean the same thing too)!
Dates and times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sunday mornings, beginning September 15th (no class on November 10th)
Book: The Alef-Bet Goes Global (available through University Readers)
Everything You Need to Pronounce the Siddur
Taught by Becky Henning
Do you want to catch up to your child? Do you want to be able to “read” the siddur? This course will teach you all the letters and vowels you need to pronounce all the Hebrew in the siddur. In four sessions of one and a half hours each, you’ll learn the letters and vowels using fun associations that help you remember both the sound and shape of each letter and vowel. Practice what you learn in the Siddur from the first session. This course is for those who don’t know all the letters and vowels of the Alef-Bet.
Taught by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal
Sundays, February 10 – June 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (some sessions are from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
This course explains Jewish concepts, values, and rituals. It is a required course for those interested in conversion, but open to anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge about Judaism.
The course is $40 for synagogue members, and $150 for non-members, plus books (scholarships are available). Please email Rabbi Rosenthal to let him know you’d like to attend.
The Spirituality of Prayer
Taught by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal
Sundays, through June 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal.
Have you ever felt lost in the synagogue, even when reading the English part of a Siddur? In this class we will focus on several of our most familiar prayers. We will go below the surface to discover the multifaceted interpretations of traditional prayers and how they can connect us with God and each other.
Dive for the pearls & deeper meanings of the Hebrew Bible and fly to up its clouds…all with “Magic Letters”
Hebrew 1 will teach the alphabet and sounds. It will teach the meanings of Hebrew “magic letters”… and how all Hebrew word-meanings (superficial and deep) derive from these, via “tweaking.”
Are you Jewish or Jew-ish?
This will be a series of workshops focused on the burning issues of Jewish identity. These forums will include background material, the personal stories of community members, and ample opportunity for freewheeling and open discussion. Click here to learn more about these engaging opportunities.
Mini-Course: War and National Security
Instructor: Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal.
Is there such a thing as a “just war?” Is “all fair in love and war,” or are there limits to appropriate behavior by countries and their armed forces? What constitutes torture and is it ever justified? Our primary text for this class will be “Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices – War and National Security” by Elliot Dorff and Danya Ruttenberg. We will compare Judaism’s stance on critical issues compared to those of the United States, Israel, and other nations.
Advanced Talmud Seminar
Are you interested in studying the Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic? A small chevruta (study group) will be available to a limited number of participants. No previous experience is necessary, but Hebrew reading ability is a prerequisite. The days and times of the chevruta will be set in accordance with the needs of the participants.