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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

Sundays, September 11–June 18 | 9–10:30 a.m.
No class on October 2, 16, 23; November 27; December 25; January 1, 8, 15; February 19; March 12; April 9, 16, 30; May 28

 

Moshe Berger, Lecturer in Religious Studies, CWRU

 

Engage in a literary and theological exploration of a theme in the weekly Torah portion while enjoying a light breakfast. All are welcome to join this warm and stimulating study series. Texts in Hebrew and in English are provided.

 

Landmark Centre - Beachwood 

Members: free; Nonmembers: $40 | REGISTER >

Mondays, January 30, February 27, March 27, May 22 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Tribe Talk is an edgy, informative, and engaging monthly conversation on trending Jewish news led by Brian Amkraut and Alanna Cooper, our resident Jewish news-junkies.

 

Moderators: Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU & Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU

  

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 per conversation | REGISTER >

Session I: Mondays, February 6–March 13
Session II: Mondays, March 20–May 22
No class on April 10, 17, 24 or May 1
6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Moshe Berger, Lecturer in Religious Studies, CWRU

 

Although primarily a teacher of Talmud to advanced Rabbinical students, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik was also an inspiring popularizer, whose discussions of the weekly Torah portion and the holidays left audiences spellbound. In this class we shall read and analyze transcripts (in English) of these compelling presentations.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90 per session; Nonmembers: $110 per session | 

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Tuesdays, February 7-March 28 | 1–3 p.m.

 

Leatrice Rabinsky, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Learn of the faith, love, and despair of the Jewish youth and minorities facing Nazi deceit and savagery.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Session I: Thursdays, February 9–March 16
Session II: Thursdays, March 23–May 4
No class on April 13
10 a.m.–noon

 

Moshe Berger, Lecturer in Religious Studies, CWRU

 

The Talmud is a composite of Jewish Law and lore written over the course of almost 700 years. Since its codification (around the year 500), it has shaped Judaism as we know it today. This course introduces the uninitiated to the Talmud's rich world. For those with some familiarity, the course will increase your understanding and comfort with the text. English versions will be available. Each session covers new material. Register for one or both.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90 per session; Nonmembers: $110 per session |

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Mondays, February 27–April 3 | 1–3:30 p.m.


Eric Kisch, Host, Musical Passions on 104.9 WCLV classical FM

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning


This course addresses the changing image of America’s Jews as portrayed in motion pictures. Did Hollywood reinforce existing stereotypes or create a new vision of the Jew in America? How do films such as “The Jazz Singer,” “Gentleman’s Agreement,” and “Annie Hall” reflect the ideas and sensibilities of the major Jewish players in the film industry?


Landmark Centre | Members: $110; Nonmembers: $130 | REGISTER >

 

Thursdays, March 9-30 | 6:30–8 p.m.

 

Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

This course provides a concise, but comprehensive look at the traditions that mark the Jewish calendar. It offers an overview of all major Jewish holidays, their meaning, how they developed and the variety of ways they are celebrated today.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

Part of Jewish Boot Camp

Tuesdays, March 28–May 2 | 7–9 p.m.

No class April 11 or 18


Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU


This course begins with an examination of the origins of what has been called “the oldest hatred,” and moves through history, to conclude with the challenges confronting Jews today. Along the way, we examine the shifting paradigms of antisemitic expression including: xenophobia, religious conflict, “scientific” racism, as well as the current forms prevalent in America and around the world.


Landmark Centre, Room 121 | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesdays, April 25-May 30 | 1–3 p.m.
 

Leatrice Rabinsky, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

In the forests, ghettos, and concentration camps, pockets of rebels resisted the Nazis by stealing uniforms and arms. Victims built secret tunnels, arranged aid from the outside, and served to encourage the weak.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Fridays April 28-May 19 | 10-11:30 a.m.


Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved, cultural anthropologist Alanna Cooper traveled to Uzbekistan to learn about the Jewish community that had been living there for over a millennia. There, in the heart of Central Asia, she recorded stories about life on the margins of the Jewish world; about living as a minority among a predominantly Muslim population; and about remaining Jewish through the Soviet period. After that first visit, Alanna was hooked and spent the next fifteen years researching and writing as she traveled between Uzbekistan, immigrant communities in New York and Tel Aviv, and library archives. Join her for a fascinating perspective on Jewish history and culture.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

 

Tuesdays, May 2-23 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Ezra Blaustein, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

A little over a hundred years ago, an enormous cache of documents (called a geniza) was found in a Cairo synagogue. This discovery, known as the "Cairo Geniza," provides a window into Jewish life in Egypt and across the southern Mediterranean rim in the 10th through 13th centuries, giving us unparalleled access to the private, commercial, and intellectual lives of the Jews. This course will survey family and communal structures, it will look at the Jewish participation in trade with India and other destinations, and it will examine the intellectual achievements of Jewish leaders such as Maimonides.


Landmark Centre | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

Thursdays, May 4–June 15 | 1–3 p.m.


Reva Leizman, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU


Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel has been an eternal messenger to the world never to forget the Holocaust and a constant reminder that "the opposite of Love is not Hate, it's indifference." "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." In this course participants will examine Wiesel's life and writings which all bear witness to his efforts to better the world and make every individual aware of his/her responsibility to combat evil. Required books: Night; Gates of the Forest; The Fifth Son as well as a reader which will be for sale at the first class.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >