JEWISH LEARNING PROJECT
The Jewish Learning Project (JLP) is Congregation Beth Yeshurun's Adult Learning Program. Our JLP sessions offer a variety of spiritual, intellectual, and stimulating topics for you to choose from. Sessions are held mostly on Sunday mornings and are open to the public and free of charge. (Some classes may have materials fees.) For information contact Lisa Unsell, or call at 713-666-1881
9:00 AM CLASSES
Invitation to Judaism for Adults with Rabbi Steve Morgen (9-10am: year long class)
Beyond the Aleph Bet Hebrew with Cantor Diane Dorf (9-10am: year long class)
Students will learn simple conversational Hebrew appropriate for tourists to Israel, as well as core vocabulary for basic Hebrew prayers. This class is especially for people who already know the Hebrew alphabet. The textbooks include the Hebrew University beginning Hebrew ulpan book (!), and a book especially designed for learning the meaning and vocabulary of our prayers.
10:00 AM CLASSES
Begining Hebrew for Adults with Cantor Diane Dorf (10:00-11:00am: year long class)
Learn to read Hebrew and to recognize essential prayer vocabulary. No prior knowledge is necessary. The textbook is Shalom Hebrew Primer, and can be purchased from Beth Yeshurun for $13.00. This course is open to everyone but is a requirement for Introduction to Judaism students. This is a year-long course.
Book of Genesis with Dr. Nahum Footnick (10:00-11:00am: Dates TBA)
An ongoing class dedicated to learning valuable lessons from the Torah verse by verse.
Insights in Jewish Prayer with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: Spring 2019: January 6, 13, 20; February 10)
In-depth study of key prayers you know: Kiddush and Havdalah, the Torah service, Eyn Keloheinu and Aleinu, and early morning blessings (Birkot Hashahar).
Three More Jewish Spiritual Figures in Jewish Spiritual Life with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: Spring 2019: February 24; March 3, 10)
Learn about the Maharal of Prague, Isaac Luria (the Ari), and the Ba’al Shem Tov (founder of Chassidism).
Women and War in Israeli Culture with Melisa Weininger (10:00-11:00am: Dates TBA)
Israeli Poetry and Politics with Melisa Weininger (10:00-11:00am: Dates TBA)
Deborah, Delilah, and Beyond: Women in the Book of Judges with Caryn Tamber-Rosenau (10:00-11:00am: Spring 2019: February 24; March 3)
Exploring the Beth Yeshurun Collection with Dr. Joshua Furman (10:00-11:00am: Spring 2019: April 28; May 5)
11:00 AM CLASSES
Rebuilding Judaism after Destruction with Rabbi Danny Horwitz (10:00am-11:00am: Spring 2019:January 6, 13, 20; February 10, 24; March 3, 10)
The formative period of Jewish tradition as we know it today occurred in the centuries immediately following the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 CE. Pirkei Avot – “Chapters of the Fathers” is a collection of wisdom statements by the rabbis of this period – whom we might very call the “Founding Fathers” of Judaism. Chapter Three of Pirkei Avot especially focusses on the period of rebuilding Jewish life in the aftermath of the destruction. This class will examine the wisdom of the Sages in that historical context.