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|At B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project. Judaism offers a wealth of rich, deep, sophisticated ideas which are most useful for adults. Adults make decisions about raising children, choosing careers, medical care for themselves and loved ones, where to live and whom to love. Adults need the guidance of a religious system to help them through this maze of serious choices. Adults also experience fully the deep sorrow of loss and the great joy of true love. Jewish tradition can guide adults throug these emotional highs and lows.
Adult learning at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation equips our lifelong learners to face the complexity of their lives armed with Jewish knowledge. Whether taking a Judaism course, current events, or an archeology course, our learners come away from the experience with a greater appreciation of Judaism’s profound depths, and a greater understanding of how to lead an inspired life.
Please join us at any one of our course offerings this year. Membership is not required, and many of the classes have a nominal charge, suggested donation, or are free!
Other Jewish Adult Education opportunities:
All are Invited
We welcome everyone, Jewish or not, Member or not, to attend our classes and programs. Please join us!
Enrollment and Cancellation Policies:
- Some classes and programs have limited enrollments.
- Register early to avoid disappointment.
- If enrollment is too low, an event or class may be canceled.
- To be notified of schedule changes or cancellations, you must be preregistered.
Memoir Writing Workshop
October 11, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Taught by noted PJ Library and children’s book author, Linda Elovitz Marshall.
Through writing games and brainstorming, Linda will encourage participants to weave a story around an event (large or small) in their lives. Who knows? A story suitable for a children’s book format could, possibly, germinate from these exercises. An example of one that did is Marshall’s own Grandma Rose’s Magic (Karben, 2012), the story of her grandmother who sewed and saved to buy beautiful dishes…and made magic in the process.
A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Linda served as her chapter’s 2017 Picture Book Mentor. She has written over a dozen books, including PJ Library selections Shh…Sh… Shabbat , The Passover Lamb and The Mitzvah Magician. As a tribute to her father, she wrote the picture book Good Stuff Cheap: The Story of Jerry Elllis and Building #19, Inc.
Linda has taught people of all ages and has helped people in writing their life stories/memoirs. Participants are encouraged to bring objects to class that might inspire stories. Please consider bringing special dishes, baseball gloves, anything with a “story” attached. For more about Linda, see http://www.lindamarshall.com
$40; $32 discounted fee for BSRC members
Unfinished People: Stories of Jewish Immigrants in Early 20th Century New York City
Wednesday mornings, November 7 thru 28; 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Taught by Martha Rozett, professor emerita at the University of Albany .
“Unfinished People” takes its title from Ruth Gay’s book Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America. Gay views the young Jewish immigrants who came to New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as “unfinished” in the sense that they had not learned to be adults in the old country and had to adapt quickly to the ways of America. We will read excerpts from Unfinished People and from three other books: A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward; How I Found America: The Collected Stories of Anzia Yezierska; and The World of Our Fathers by Irving Howe. The readings will be photocopied and provided to course participants who register at least one week in advance. Class sessions will consist of a mix of short lectures, discussions of the readings, and occasional opportunities to share our own family histories.
$25; $20 discounted fee for BSRC members
Judeophobia: The Ancients Origins of Anti- Semitism
Thursday evenings, September 27 thru November 8; 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Taught by Steve Stark-Riemer, noted local lecturer archeology, history and religion of the Ancient Near East.
This course will consider anti-Semitism or “Judeophobia” in the ancient world. The class will review the history of violence against Jews during an 800-year era from 410 B.C.E. through 387 C.E. drawing from archaeology and other sources. The course will also attempt to distinguish between the antipathy of early Christianity toward Judaism as a threat to Christian identity and the irrational accusations against Jews in the Middle Ages of ritual murder, well poisoning and other atrocities.
$54; $36 discounted fee for BSRC members
Saturday Mornings, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Extended Text Study one Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
At Torah Study, we read translations and various commentaries in English, and discuss the meaning of the weekly Torah portion.
On Extended Study days, we’ve been working our way through the Tanakh with Rabbi Cashman. Currently we’re examining the book of Daniel, which provides rich material for discussion. Our Extended Study is powered by coffee, bagels, and an assortment of other delicious breakfast food.
These sessions are open to all on a drop-in, occasional, or regular basis. BYOB – Bring your own Bible, but we’ve got extras. No previous knowledge necessary! Share what you know!
November 17, 2018 — Watermarks
February 9, 2019 — tbd
March 9, 2019 — tbd
Synagogue Scholar Series — Save the Dates
Our series of talks by scholars from the congregation and beyond are presented following the Friday night worship service.
January 11, 2019 — Book review (book tbd) by Martha Rozett
B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will join forces with four other Albany synagogues in a “Mitzvah Day” of volunteerism and social action. Mitzvah Day is planned for Sunday, April 7. Starting at 11:30 a.m., more than 200 congregants from B’nai Sholom, Congregation Beth Emeth, Congregation Ohav Shalom, Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob and Temple Israel will […]
B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will present a screening of “Watermarks,” the heartwarming story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Vienna sports club Hakoah, their survival and their friendship. “Watermarks” will be shown Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York. Refreshments will be available. Suggested […]