B'nai Israel is a community of life-long learners! Throughout the year, we sponsor adult education courses led by Rabbi David Kaiman and other wonderful teachers:
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice— From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about critical questions of the day. This course, designed and supplemented by the faculty of The Jewish Theological Seminary will present a nuanced conversation with Rabbi David Kaiman. Complete the registration form below to attend the class.
Introduction to Judaism—In partnership with The Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, California we are proud to present the H.L. Miller Introduction to Judaism Course. This is an 18-week class that covers a wide range of introductory topics on Judaism and Jewish life. This course is often part of the conversion to Judaism series however it is open to anyone - Jewish or non-Jewish whether one is interested in becoming Jewish or not. Wide ranging in scope.
Torah on Tuesday: Tuesdays at Noon—Bring a brown-bag dairy lunch for a open discussion class! Torah-on-Tuesday has concentrated on biblical texts but this next year will begin its focus with the ever rich text of Pirke Avot. Looking at the text through the lens of history and context; deeply analytical and richly rewarding. Classes begin at noon every Tuesday and are 50 minutes long. Drinks are provided.
Israeli Dancing: Monday 7:15 pm—Israeli Dancing takes place on Monday nights at B’nai Israel from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. $5 per family. Beginners are always welcome. Come out for a fun evening of great music, Israeli culture, exercise and camaraderie, plus learn how to dance. Andy, 352-327-3672.
Beginning Hebrew: Wednesday 6:30 pm—This fun class offers the chance to learn Hebrew in a very informal setting that is bound to be both enjoyable as well as educational. Activities span from chatting to singing to reading. Grammar and vocabulary are also taught in this very fun, informal, friendly setting. Modern Hebrew is also addressed. "Not a university style course." - Yossi, facilitator.
Yiddish Chavura: Friday 9:30 am—This fun class is run very similarly to our Beginning Hebrew Class. Led by the same facilitator, Yossi, this class meets on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Come make friends and learn Yiddish in a relaxing setting!
Torah Circle: Saturday 8:30 am—Each Saturday morning at 8:30am Howard Lidsky and Rabbi David Kaiman present a freewheeling examination of the weekly Torah portion. Using ancient and modern commentaries mixed with broad general knowledge allows this class to penetrate beyond the simple meaning of the text. With an eclectic group of students we are sure that every Saturday morning will be an exquisite treat.
Jewish Food—What is it?— Explore a few of these traditions in Jewish Food—What is it? Offered a Congregation B’nai Israel during the fall and winter, 2016-2017. The instructor is Richard K Scher, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UF, whose classes in Food Politics and The Politics of Jewish Food were widely popular among students. Classes will be held on Thursdays: Sept 15 and 29; Oct 27; Nov 3 and 17; Dec 1 and 15; January 12 and 26; Feb 16. All will be held at the synagogue, 6:30—7:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact the synagogue office: 376-1508.