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Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Mondays, Jan. 25 - April 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Marion Hirschmann
Devarim (Deuteronomy): The Long Goodbye
The fifth of the five books of Moses, the Book of Deuteronomy, is a book of prose and poetry, laws and ethics. In Deuteronomy, Moses reflects with hindsight on his journey with the Jewish people through the wilderness, while at the same time he encourages the people to live with foresight as they make their preparations to enter the Promised Land without him. Significantly, while Deuteronomy contains the words of one man reflecting on the journey of one people, learners will quickly find out that the wisdom found in this final book of the Torah has spoken to many people, through their many different live journeys, throughout the ages.

Day: Tuesdays, Jan. 12 - March 23, 2021
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi David Steinhardt
Members of the Tribe
In this 6-session quest, we will dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: "What is the overarching purpose of living Jewishly?" Together we'll examine aspects of what might be considered the Jewish mission, a blend of practices that distinguish us as Jews, and what to do with this idea of being called the "Chosen People." Prepare to explore how Big Jewish Ideas and lessons from our history serve to enrich our actions as individuals and as a people.

Day: Thursdays, Jan. 14 - Feb. 18, 2021
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Marion Hirschmann
OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this 6-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.

Day: Thursdays, Feb. 25 - April 15, 2021
(no class 3/25)
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Marion Hirschmann
Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity
This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movements, and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalism on the movements and the Jewish people.

Day: Mondays, Jan. 11 - March 22, 2021
(no class 1/18)
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal
The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations
This course explores the historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadens our understanding and challenges our assumptions in our own era when tensions are high through the use of Muslim and Jewish texts and other primary sources.

Day: Mondays, Jan. 11 - March 22, 2021
(no class 1/18)
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Leon Weissberg
Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Let's learn about life's celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. In this course, we'll say "L'Chaim" to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-week course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today. Our time together is certain to bring sould to life's big moments.

Day: Mondays, Feb. 1 - March 8, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal
Loss, Love and Wisdom
There is no escaping it - at one time or another, death enters our lives. At these times we can seek Jewish wisdom to help us cope with heartbreak and loss. In this six-session course, we will study and discuss how Judaism helps us make sense of and deal with illness and death as we tackle some of life's biggest questions such as Why is there suffering in the world? And what does Judaism say about life after death? Together, we'll seek understanding of time-tested Jewish frameworks and rituals that serve to guide us when we need a path for grieving or a road to healing.

Day: Mondays, beginning on April 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal

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INFORMATION
Director

Bredoff PeninaPenina Bredoff is the Site Director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, which operates through The Cooperman Academy of Adult Jewish Learning at B’nai Torah Congregation. She is responsible for the incredible growth of what had been a struggling program. Now in its 6th year at B’nai Torah, Melton has grown exponentially each year, starting with 8 classes and now offering 16 classes. Her outstanding achievements were recognized at the 2016 International Directors Conference of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, with Melton’s Excellence in Recruitment award, and in 2018 she was presented the top and most prestigious 2018 Florence Melton Award.

Sponsoring Agency

Boca Bnai Torah CongregationB'nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
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Advisory Board

Elliot Burns, Bonnie Licker, Jo Robbins, Rose Weitz, Ethelind Wiener, Dorothy Wizer

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