From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and their Jokes
This course will show how the things that make the Jewish people laugh represent a distinct period, theme, or preoccupation in Jewish history. Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along the Jewish journey. This course treats Jewish jokes as Jewish text, and invites students to "read" and interpret jokes and humor in an attempt to reveal the concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that continue to bond us as a people.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - March 18, 2021
(no class 2/25)
Time: 6:45-8:15 p.m. Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Amy Milligan
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
This course will draw from text and from history to explore just how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs and looks at structural causes of injustice and how these are best addressed today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration and environmental degradation. Students will be encouraged to dedicate class time early in their study to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - March 11, 2021
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Michael Panitz
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, April 22 - May 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Rabbi Marc Kraus
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 soul to life's big moments.

Day: Thursdays, April 22 - May 27, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Miriam Brunn Ruberg



 Sierra LautmanSierra Lautman, Director of Jewish Innovation

Sierra is originally from Pittsburgh, where she was a Jewish educator in supplemental religious schools for 12 years, most recently as the Religious School Director at Adat Shalom Synagogue. With a masters degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh, educating both children and adults has been a lifelong passion of hers. Sierra moved to Virginia Beach with her family during the summer of 2019, and quickly began her position at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. There she is able to live her passion in engaging and educating so many individuals throughout the community.

Sponsoring Agency

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater logo

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
5000 Corporate Woods Dr.
Virginia Beach , VA 23462

Advisory Board

Arluk, Glen; Bloch, Darcy; Brand, Bonnie; Brooke, Amy; Brunn Ruberg, Miriam;Frank, Rita; Fried, Cantor Wendi; Harrell, Amie; Kass, Melissa; Kaufman, Alene; Konikoff, David; Leon, David; Panitz, Rabbi Michael; Proser, Cantor David; Samuels, Linda; Samuels, Marcia; Segaloff, Deb; Spindell, Linda;
Steerman, Stephanie; Weinstein, Amy

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