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|At B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project.
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!
B’nai Sholom Adult Education Fall 2020 Programs
Teacher: Carol Smith (Online via ZOOM) TBD
Unlocking “Noah” (via Zoom)
Teacher: Steven Stark-Riemer Thursdays, September 10 - October 15, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. -- The first and last weeks will run longer (Online via ZOOM) $45 non-member; $35 members
Using the 2014 film “Noah” starring Russell Crowe as a point of departure, this course will examine the ancient Jewish apocryphal and Midrashic literature that was used by the film’s creators to flesh out the rather spare biblical story. Contrary to many reviewers, who accused the moviemakers of making up much of the material in their film, the movie actually is carefully researched and well-grounded in Jewish literature written roughly between 200 B.C.E. and 100 C.E. that did not make it into the Hebrew Bible.
This is a 6-week course that begins with a showing of the film via shared screen on September 10 and October 15 with four study sessions in between. Those who prefer to watch on any other device at a time of their own choosing may do so. Following the re-screening, Steve will lead a discussion of any effect the study sessions had on the second viewing.
Bioethics During a Pandemic (via Zoom)
Teachers: Dr. Carol Gerson and Rabbi Gary Gerson
Thursday, September 10 7 p.m. NO FEE
Since February we have been immersed in a global pandemic. Many bioethical issues that once seemed hypothetical are very real now. When we run out of vital supplies, space or equipment, what criteria may we ethically use to distribute scarce resources? What do our sacred texts tell us about such decisions? Do we assign higher value to some lives? When we don’t have enough, do we use an algorithm based on medical criteria alone? Do we use a simple lottery? We will review some of the approaches, debate which of these criteria we think are ethical, and look at how Jewish sources help us address ethically difficult decisions.
- Gerson is a retired pediatric otolaryngologist and an active mohelet with a doctorate in bioethics. She is a faculty member of the medical schools of Northwestern and Tulane universities.
- Rabbi Gerson served as Senior Rabbi of Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion in the Chicago suburbs from 1979 to 2009. As Rabbi Emeritus, he teaches courses in Jewish text, Kabbalah, Jewish thought, and comparative religion. A Fulbright scholar, Rabbi Gerson holds master’s degrees in religion and psychology, rabbinic ordination, a doctorate in ministry, and certification as a family therapist from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.
Call or e-mail the office to register and we will forward the link.
Torah Study (Via Zoom)
Saturday Mornings, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Extended Text Study one Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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 with the book of Joshua which provides rich material for discussion.
These sessions are open to all on a drop-in, occasional, or regular basis. BYOB – Bring your own Bible. Contact the office to receive the ZOOM link.
Our series of talks by scholars from the congregation and beyond as presented following Friday night worship services.
MOVIE NIGHTS ($5 suggested donation)
Adult Education Pictures
Bible Study 1
Extended Study - Pomegranates led to another topic
Torah Study - Noah
Completion of Beginning Hebrew Class -- December 2019