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Yom Sheini, 1 Av 5774

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Past AEA Classes

Temple Emanu-El's Adult Education Academy provides relevant, vibrant and meaningful Jewish learning experiences to meet the diverse needs of all our congregants. In addition to formal educational opportunities, there are a variety of informal educational experiences such as Torah and Talmud study. Classes are open to the entire Jewish community. The scope of class offerings is extraordinary. The class schedule includes semester long and multi-year courses, as well as occasional short-term courses.

Listed below are several classes that have been offered through the Adult Education Academy in the past and may be offered again in the future.

Andy Iventosch & Margaret Kendle

This class will address a variety of themes in Jewish art in an approximately chronological order. We will begin with an introduction that will cover aspects of the Torah's approach to art, specifically the building of the Tabernacle and the second commandment. We will present early synagogue architecture and decoration such as the third century CE synagogue known as Dura Europos. Ritual synagogue craft and illuminated manuscripts will be presented as well as aspects of modern Jewish European and American art among other themes. Art by local Jewish artists will also be presented. All classes will be accompanied by projected images.

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
April 16, 23, 30; May 7. (Please note change from originally printed dates)

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Co-sponsored with the Weintraub Israel Center
Oshrat Bar-El

A four-part course on contemporary Israel from a personal and professional perspective, taught by the popular Director of the Weintraub Israel Center. This class will focus on today's reality and current trends in the dynamic, modern, yet still ancient heartland of our people. Great for anyone traveling to Israel soon -- on the Temple Emanu-El Pilgrimage to Israel, June 11-23, 2014, or another trip -- or just interested in learning more about this fascinating country.

March 5: My Israel
March 12: New Modern Movements in Israel
March 19: Kibbutzim: a Success Story?
March 26: Innovation in the Start-Up Nation

Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
March 5, 12, 19, 26.

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The Civil War was critical to forging the identity of the America we know today. As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of this climactic struggle, the bloodiest war in our country's history, our class will examine the role that Jews played both North and South. While they formed a tiny minority of the population of the United States in pre-secession 1860, Jewish soldiers, statesmen, patriots, and spies could be found at the highest levels and in the most important theaters of the massive war. 

From the seven Jewish Congressional Medal of Honor winners (a new award created by Lincoln) to the Jewish generals, colonels, captains, sergeants and privates, Jews were active on all major battlefield, sometimes heroically, and typically on both sides. In addition to many prominent Union men -- about 7,000, including 7 generals -- perhaps 3,000 Jews fought for the Confederacy. It was truly brother against brother. 

But there is a great deal more to the Jewish story of the Civil War. While Lincoln had a Jewish confidant, Isachar Zacharie, a podiatrist who served as advisor and diplomat, the South relied on several Jews for crucial service. Judah Benjamin, at different times the Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Attorney General of the Confederacy, was also Jefferson Davis' spymaster, while both the Quartermaster General and Surgeon General of the South were Jews. 

There were also serious controversies involving Jews. While few Jews were major slaveholders, rabbis were to be found on both sides of the conflict, preaching both anti-slavery and pro-slavery views, and using Torah to support Union and Confederacy. And in a shocking and atypical episode ("Order Number 10"), General Ulysses S. Grant, the greatest military hero of the war, expelled all Jews from his military department, and was quickly overridden by his boss, Abraham Lincoln, the only time in American history that such an anti-Semitic order has been issued. Like the Civil War itself, the stories of Jews in this conflict teach us a great deal about America itself. 

MovieBlueandGrayThe class begins with a special showing of the film Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Grey on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm, followed by two classes, Wednesdays, March 12th and March 19th, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.

Movie Registration Fee: $5 for refreshments
Wednesday, February 19th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Registration Fees: $20 for members; $30 for non-members
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
March 12, 19. 

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Why should our children have all the fun? Ann Lapidus, our Kurn Religious School art teacher, will guide you through the basics of watercolor painting. Create your own watercolor paintings, and gain a better understanding of color and how to paint with watercolors. You will be learning painting fundamentals while exploring Jewish themes.

This hands-on class will not include painting supplies. Enroll early and obtain a supply list so you will have time to purchase all your materials for the first class. Supplies cost around $80.

Registration Fees: $45 for members, $60 for non-members
Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18.

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Kelly Feinstein-Johnson, Ph.D.

This 9-week course examines major turning points in Jewish history from the early modern period through the tewntieth century: Expulsion from Spain and the formation of the modern Diaspora, the development of Jewish mystical and messianic movements, the challenge of modernization, the rise of political anti-Semitism, the flowering of Yiddish literature and culture, the Jewish enlightenment and the revival of Hebrew, the migration of European Jews to America, the nearly total destruction of European Jewry in the twentieth century, the advent of Zionism and the creation of modern Israel. We will ground these larger movements by focusing on important cities in Jewish history -- Seville, Venice, Constantinople, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and New York. It will emphasize the diversity of Jewish cultures and their creative responses to the challenges (and catastrophies) they have encountered during the five centuries that extend from 1492 to the present. 

For those who have taken Basic Judaism, this course is a more in-depth look at the history introduced in that class. 

This class will combine lecture and discussion with occasional short readings for "homework". The accompanying text is Scattered Amongst the Peoples, by Allan Levine, and is available at amazon.com for $14.

Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
     Session I: February 5, 12, 19
     Session II: February 26; March 5, 12
     Session III: March 19, 26; April 2

     Registration Fees Per Session: $45 for members; $60 for non-members

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