Remote Courses

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Mondays, April 20-June 1 (please note new dates)|10 - 11:30 a.m.

In this course, students will be exposed to Latin poetry in its original language through a guided translation of the story of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis from Catullus’s “mini-epic” poem 64. Prose can be read in translation with little loss; poetry, on the other hand, loses a great deal in translation.

Instructor(s):
Steve Pinkerton
Wednesdays, April 22 - May 27|1-3 p.m.

Paris in the 1920s was a hotbed of art and culture. Especially fertile were the cross-pollinations that occurred between literature and the other arts—as writers, painters, sculptors, composers, and popular entertainers all learned from one another and influenced each other in turn.

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Fridays, April 24-May 29 (please note new dates)|10 - 11:30 a.m.

This class will consist of directed readings and in-depth discussions of Plato’s Republic.  Although it is one of the most influential texts in human history, the Republic is seldom read today except for excerpts such as the Alleg

Instructor(s):
Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, April 28-May 26|7-9 p.m.

The advent of modernity brought with it new opportunities for Jews—both as individuals and as communities—to reassess what it means to be Jewish. This course charts the path that led from a generally uniform understanding of Judaism that prevailed in the middle ages, to the very diverse forms of Jewish expression and identity popular today.

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Mondays, May 4-June 15 (no class May 25)|10 a.m.-noon

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew literature, songs, drama, and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.
 

Instructor(s):
Mondays, May 4-June 15 (no class May 25)|10 a.m.-noon

Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these 150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul | Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, May 4-June 15 (no class May 25)|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these 150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul | Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old.

Instructor(s):
Patrick Moore
Tuesdays, May 5-June 9|1:30-3 p.m.

1914 - 100 years of European peace, ancient empires ruled, unbridled progress, industrial expansion - and all shattered by war on an industrial scale. World War One changed the world forever.

Instructor(s):
Jo Bruce
Tuesdays, May 5-26|6:30-8 p.m.

Terse and often mysterious, the stories of the Bible contain gaps and unanswered questions. Why did Lot’s wife turn into a pillar of salt? What did Cain say to Abel in the moments before murdering him? How did Abraham discover God? Trying to make sense of these puzzles, sages of the Rabbinic period recorded details to flesh out the texts.

Instructor(s):
Darlene Montonaro
Wednesdays, May 06 - 27|10 a.m. - noon

Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion.

Instructor(s):
Angela Fasick
Tuesdays, May 12-June 16|10 - 11:30 a.m.

Do you have a memoir in the bottom drawer of your desk? A folder on Google Drive with ideas for essays? Would you like to? This course will introduce you to two of the many forms of creative nonfiction: essay and memoir.

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Tuesdays, May 19 - June 23|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Meghan Strong
Thursdays, May 21-June 25|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Pyramids are synonymous with Ancient Egypt. Despite the fascination with these ancient stone monuments, they are still a source of great speculation and mystery. Archaeologists, astronomers, architects, engineers, physicists, historians, and countless others have all tried to wrestle with the many riddles of Egyptian pyramids.

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Thursdays, May 21-June 25|10 a.m. - noon

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television. 
 

Instructor(s):
Judith Shamir
Tuesdays, May 26 - June 23|10 a.m. - noon

Hebrew literature engages advanced students in fictional novels and plays by leading Israeli authors and playwrights.

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Tuesdays, May 26 - June 30|10 a.m. - noon

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television.

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Wednesdays, May 27 - June 24|1-3 p.m.

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television. 

Instructor(s):
Betty Zak
Wednesdays, May 27 - July 1|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Both Catherine and Peter were called “Great”. Yet, why? Here is a Hint: Our Book is entitled: Catherine The Great, Love, Sex, and Power. Delve into a reflection on Peter the Great and Russia’s background. Then, uncover the life & times of Catherine.

Instructor(s):
Angela Fasick
Thursdays, May 28-June 18|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Written in 1850 but set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 1640s, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is both moral tale and mystery. Full of symbolism and imagery, the novel explores Puritan New England through the life of Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl.

Instructor(s):
Marion Boyer
Wednesdays, June 3-July 1|1-3 p.m.

Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination are what Gregory Orr calls the natural temperaments of writers, and each writer has one of these temperaments that comes easily to us, is nearly instinctive, is the strength we lean into when we write.

Instructor(s):
Carol Salus
Wednesdays, June 3-24|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Picasso’s work is like a diary, as he stated. Through a chronological approach, examples of his paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and designs for décor and costumes for the Ballets Russes will be discussed.

Instructor(s):
Holly Litwin
Thursdays, June 4 - July 9|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Beginner Classical Hebrew exposes students to the sights and sounds of the original Hebrew letters as they appear in the Bible. Students will have multiple opportunities to absorb the content using various activities, games, and manipulatives.

Instructor(s):
Rivka Taub
Thursdays, June 4 - July 9|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television. 
 

Instructor(s):
Judith Shamir
Thursdays, June 4 - July 9|10 a.m. - noon

Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach their goal of communicating in Israel's native language as well as enjoy Hebrew Literature, songs, drama and film, read Israeli newspapers and view Israeli television. 

Instructor(s):
Josh Meyers
Mondays, June 08-29|7-8:30 p.m. EST

The link between Jews and revolution is often taken for granted, yet in practice has been far more tumultuous. This course will explore the ways that revolutionary thinkers understood Jews and Jewish identity, and the assumptions that underlay their approaches.  
 

Instructor(s):
Barbara Burgess-Van Aken
Tuesdays, June 9-30|noon-2 p.m. EST

A theme that Shakespeare often explores in his plays is illusion vs. Reality. What makes it hard to distinguish between the two? What happens when characters perceive illusions as real? How do characters create illusions? What does it take for a character to see through an illusion?

Instructor(s):
Leah Cooper
Tuesdays, June 9 - July 14|10 a.m. - noon

For True Beginners: Conversational Hebrew allows students to reach

Instructor(s):
Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Tuesdays, June 16-July 07|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The course will focus on significant texts and Jewish thinkers in times of crises. What principles guided their thinking? From Moses to the Rabbis of the Talmud, to Theodore Herzl to Henrietta Szold, the course will focus on a study of primary texts and the core principles of four thinkers as they confronted major crises. 

Instructor(s):
Janice Vitullo
Fridays, June 19-July 24|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Socrates was condemned to death in 399 BCE by his fellow Athenian citizens. He left no writings of his own, but his student Plato describes his trial and execution in these four Socratic dialogues: Euthyphro, Crito, Apology and Phaedo.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Greenberg
Mondays, June 22-July 13|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The United States has a larger immigrant population than any other country in the world, leading many to believe that, until recent times, the United States has always had an open door policy.

Instructor(s):
Daniel Goldmark
Wednesdays, June 24 - July 8|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

Instructor(s):
Avinoam J. Patt, Ph.D
Tuesdays, June 30-July 21|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Why are the Jews so funny? What is unique about Jewish humor?

Instructor(s):
Pat Moore
Thursdays, July 2-August 6|1:30-3 p.m. EST

In this course, we will review the foundations of US citizenship and discuss how our founders expected us, the American people, to properly fulfill our citizenship role.

Instructor(s):
Timothy Wutrich
Tuesdays, July 7-28 |9:30 - 11:30 a.m. EST

This course will focus on selected plays written by Aeschylus, the earliest tragedies to survive in European literature. Aeschylus preferred to write plays that were thematically connected, such as The Oresteia, which deals with the homecoming of Agamemnon from the Trojan War.

Instructor(s):
Steve Pinkerton
Tuesdays, July 7 - August 11|1-3 p.m. EST
Instructor(s):
Karen Laurence
Wednesdays, July 8-29|1:30-3:30 p.m. EST

This summer, the XXXII Modern Olympiad will take place in Tokyo, Japan. But what are the ancient origins of these Modern Olympic Games? Sports festivals in ancient Greece were celebrated as major religious rituals to gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, and Apollo.

Instructor(s):
Ezra Blaustein
Wednesdays, July 15 - 29|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

Instructor(s):
Jo Bruce
Wednesdays, August 5 - 19|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

Instructor(s):
Michael Ungar
Thursdays, August 6-20|6:30-8 p.m.

There is a standard Jewish joke that our bodies serve only one purpose...to hold up our Yiddishe Kups (our Jewish minds). Judaism, however, does teach about the importance of caring for our bodies; they are holy vessels given to us by God. We will examine some texts on the relationship between our minds, our bodies and our spirits...

Instructor(s):
Anthony Wexler
Tuesdays, August 18-September 8 |10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join Anthony Wexler to delve into two powerful, and very different, works of Holocaust literature: Elie Wiesel’s iconic first-person testimony, Night (1960), and Art Spiegelman’s remarkable graphic novel, Maus (1991).