Adult Education

MJC&S offers a variety of adult education classes with Rabbi Judith. Whether you are new to Judaism, are a lifelong learner, or simply have an interest in a particular subject, there’s something for everyone. Below are our Winter 2013 classes. Come learn with us!

Spring Schedule

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. : March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9

This class, taught by Reverend Joyce Stickney of St. Aidan’s and Rabbi Judith, will explore Jerusalem in the time of Jesus and the differing perspectives on the meanings of his life. We will compare texts from both Christian and Jewish points of view while gaining a greater understanding of the foundational scriptures that unite and divide us.
No charge.

Jewish Art: The Creative Spirit

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. : April 23, 30; May 7, 14

Through passionate storytelling and vibrant visual imagery, artist, author, and speaker, John Paul Thornton will take you on a journey of the heart. Exploring the importance and power of Jewish art, we will travel to Modigliani’s Paris, discover heroic artists of the Shoah, learn about exciting contemporary Jewish artists working in Israel and around the world.
Four sessions: Freedom from the Ghettos: The Haskalah; The Parisian School: Paint and Passion; During the Shoah: Art and Courage.

Ongoing Classes

Torah Study
Ongoing at 9:30 a.m. (9:00 a.m. if bar or bat mitzvah)
Location: Small Sanctuary
Open to all. No charge.

“Turn it and turn it and turn it again” (Ben Bag). Each year we read and reveal new guidance and insight through our weekly Torah sessions. Join us for heated discussion and deep spiritual learning.

Tuesday Mamas
Tuesdays, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Place: Rabbi Judith’s office
Open to all mamas. No charge.

What do women want? Wine, friendship and study! Join us as we share our lives and our insights in the context of the Jewish cycle.

Waking Up to Jewish Ethics
Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 a.m.
Open to all. No charge.

Each week, we explore a text or ethical teaching that guides our behavior as aware human beings and conscious Jews. Find out why so many love this class, even at this hour of the morning.

Engaging Israel: Session One
Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Next Class: Thursday, February 6
Place: Small Sanctuary
Open to all; must register. Fee: $100 for six sessions.

What is the morality of war? Of occupation? Is a two-state solution viable? Can Israel survive as a “Jewish and democratic” state? What is our task as a “light unto the nations” in a Middle East roiled by conflict? The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem houses some of the best minds in Israel. Through participation in this interactive program of video, text study and discussion, we can share the latest and most relevant issues facing the sovereign state of Israel and the Jewish people as we move forward in the 21st century.