Adult Jewish Learning Brochure

 

Gerson D. Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning

We are a center for serious Jewish learning. Synagogue classes offer everyone opportunities to discover new meanings in Judaism and Jewish culture. Our adult learning program is named for Rabbi Gerson D. Cohen, a widely respected historian and Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America from 1972 to 1986.

 

King DavidKing David: It's Complicated (Fall Semester)
King Solomon's Wisdom (Spring Semester)

Tuesday mornings, from 10:30 AM - Noon
Taught by CSAIR Rabbi Barry Dov Katz
Palace intrigue combines with personal drama to make the end of King David's reign a study in complexity. After his death, Solomon assumes the throne and is known for his wisdom, building, and political prowess. Come share in our discussions about David's last days then study the very different story of King Solomon's successes (and excesses) as king. No background necessary. All texts provided in English along with the Hebrew.

 

Class Meets:
2017: November 14, (No class 11/21) 28, December 5, 12, 19, (No class 12/26)
2018: January 9, 16, 23, 30 (No class 1/ 2) Februrary 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20

Free to CSAIR Sisterhood members and members of CSAIR affiliates. Nominal fee for others. Sponsored by Sisterhood.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah ClassAdult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class
Wednesdays, 7:45 PM-9:00 PM

Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Rory Katz (Rabbinic Intern), and
Cantor Elizabeth Stevens

Perhaps you never had the chance to ascend the bimah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Maybe you did, but want to do it again at a time in your life when you will appreciate your connection to Judaism in a different way. This course is designed for adult learners of any age who are members of CSAIR. It will provide an in-depth study of the Jewish lifecycle, holidays, history, and core Jewish concepts. You will learn to chant from the Torah and participate in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Spring 2019. No prior experience is necessary. If you need to learn/improve your Hebrew reading, we will work together to find a tutor/class who can help you. RSVP to secretary@csair.org.

Class Meets
2017:
November 15, 29, (No class 11/22) December 6, 13, (No class 12/20, 12/27)
2018: January 10, 17, 24, 31 (No Class 1/3), February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25 (No Class 4/4), May 2, 9, 16

 

The Arch of Titus ExhibitionThe Arch of Titus
Monday, November 13, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Led by CSAIR member Dr. Jacob Wisse, Museum Director.

Join us for a private tour of the exhibition, Arch of Titus–from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back.

The Arch of Titus, built to commemorate Roman triumph in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, has stood as a touchstone of Western civilization for nearly 2000 years. This exhibition explores the shifting meaning and significance of this monument – for the victorious Romans, for the defeated Jews, and for both Christians and Jews over the subsequent millennia. We'll kick the evening off with wine and snacks before the tour.

RSVP required. Please RSVP to info@csair.org  by Friday, November 10th.  Any questions email: Efisher@binderschwartz.com.

You can find more information about the exhibition here.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Sundays, November 19, 2017, January 21, April 22, June 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Coordinated by Sharon Kern-Taub

Free and open to all. Pre-registration required - email info@csair.org.

The Chalk Artist

The Chalk Artist - A Novel by Allegra Goodman
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Warm, wise and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled.

 

 

Horse Walks into BarA Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Written by the award winner and internationally acclaimed author of To the End of the Land, this searing novel gives us the story of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one night's performance. In the dance between comic and audience, a deeper story begins to take shape - one that will alter the lives of many of those in attendance.

 


The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM

A true story in which keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating true life story – sharing Antonina Zabinski's life while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.

 

Moonglow

 

Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM
A wonderful book that celebrates the power of family bonds and the slipperiness of memory. Moonglow is an enchanting story about the circuitous path that a life follows, about the accidents that redirect it, and about the secrets that can be felt but never seen, like the dark matter at the center of every family's cosmos.


Yeshiva University Museum The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

Yeshiva University MuseumMonday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Center for Jewish History
Jacob Wisse, Director of the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, will offer a tour of this important exhibition. The Arch of Titus, built to commemorate Roman triumph in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, has stood as a touchstone of Western civilization for nearly 2000 years. This exhibition explores the shifting meaning and significance of this monument – for the victorious Romans, for the defeated Jews, and for both Christians and Jews over the subsequent millennia.

RSVP details and other details to follow.


Building BridgesBuilding Bridges: A Conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer and Haroon Moghul
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:45 PM
This conversation, led by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Haroon Moghul, Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Hartman Institute, will explore the challenges of American Muslim life today, new approaches to building deep and enduring bridges between Jewish and Muslim communities, and potential areas of cooperation and mutual support in the face of ever more public Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

 

 

Kosher Cooking 2017 – 2018
Sponsored by Corner Café
(BOTH SESSION I & II KOSHER COOKING CLASSES SOLD OUT)
Sunny Mediterranean Flavors From Soup to Nuts
First Session: Two Mondays - November 6 and December 4, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 PM

All classes taught by Judy Matthews, assisted by Leona Chudy, Barbara Harris, and Faye Warren

lachmacunClass 1 In the first class, we will be preparing lachmacun, a thin, pizza-like flatbread with multiple toppings: minced lamb with tomatoes and peppers; roasted parsnips and carrot puree; and red lentils with cumin and herbs. Then we'll make a Sicilian chickpea and escarole soup.

Class 2 In the second class, we will make socca, a Provencal chickpea crepe, that will be accompanied by Judy's hummus, a lovely cannelloni pate and muhammara, a classic tomato and pepper Mediterranean dip. The soup of the evening will be a Moroccan-style lamb and lentil soup known as harira. $90 per person for two classes (includes dinner and take-home leftovers). Enrollment limited to 12 people.

 

 

Yehuda Amichai

Hebrew Book Club: Reading Yehuda Amichai
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Coordinated and Facilitated by Barbara Mann

Join us as we read the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, one of the 20th century's major poets. We will focus on poems from Amichai's final volume, Patuach sagur patuach (Open closed open)(1998). Participants should be able to read the Hebrew text with a bit of effort and a dictionary.

 

 

 

 

Text Wrestlers
Saturdays, December 9, 2017, January 6, February 10, March 3, May 5, June 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Join the discussion as Dr. Diane Sharon leads an exploration of the weekly Torah portion.

 


Kosher Cooking 2017-2018 Main Dishes and Light Desserts
(BOTH SESSION I & II KOSHER COOKING CLASSES SOLD OUT)
Second Session: Two Mondays - January 22 and February 5, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

All classes taught by Judy Matthews, assisted by Leona Chudy, Barbara Harris, and Faye Warren

spanakopitaClass 1 In this class, we will make a richly flavored and fragrant chicken dish from Georgia that includes pomegranate and tamarind sauce, accompanied by aromatic basmati rice. Dessert will be a Bohemian fruit cloud (Bublana).

Class 2 We will start with an enticing cocktail of sweet and spicy nuts. It will be followed by fish Provencal, rice pilaf with marinated artichoke and spanakopita. Dessert will follow, with citrus salad and marsala. $90 per person for two classes (includes dinner and take-home leftovers). Enrollment limited to 12 people.

Pre-registration required. For more information email info@csair.org. Sponsored by Silverleaf Caterers.

 

Intimate Voices ~ Chamber Music in an Intimate Setting
Saturdays, January 20 and March 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Come join us in 2017-2018 for the 9th season of Intimate Voices, presenting world-class chamber music in the intimate and acoustically excellent sanctuary of CSAIR. Music Director Sheila Reinhold (a long-time member of CSAIR) and the other participating musicians have performed in venues all over the United States and abroad as soloists as well as in ensembles ranging from major string quartets to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The performers introduce the pieces, and each concert features complimentary refreshments and an informal reception with the musicians. For artist, program and ticket information, visit www.intimatevoices.org.

 

The Iranian Jewish Experience
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Taught by Eliran Isaacson, Psy.D.

Today's Iran sustains the second largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel. What accounts for this surprising fact? To shed light on this question, this presentation will provide an overview of Jewish life in Iran, within the larger context of its political and religious history, including its pre-Islamic beginnings, the introduction of Shiite Islam, and the Islamic Revolution of 1979 . In anticipation of Purim and the story of Queen Esther, a Jewish Iranian, this presentation will include images, historical information, and personal vignettes to offer a broad understanding of Jewish Iranian experience, past and present.


Poetry Workshop
Three sessions: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, 2018 at 7:45 PM
What makes a poem? Sarah Stern will lead a three-part poetry workshop and provide writing exercises that will inspire and motivate. In the first class, participants will read and discuss selected contemporary poems with a broad range of topics and techniques. In the following two classes, participants will bring their own written poems to share and discuss. Beginning, emerging and seasoned poets are encouraged to attend. This workshop is meant for those looking for a supportive community of writers. Author of But Today Is Different and Another Word For Love, Sarah is a five-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts' Poetry Award.


Journeying to Freedom: Interfaith Model Seder

March 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Christians, Muslims and Jews join together to experience elements of the Passover seder and to share personal and communal stories about freedom.

Bake Your Own MatzahBake Your Own Matzah
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Noon

Join Rabbi Ethan Tucker, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar, for a special opportunity to bake your own matzah for the Seder. Learn a bit about the laws of matzah baking and get ready to move quickly to get the dough into the oven! This activity is intended for adults; older children can attend if they are being fully and actively supervised by a parent.



Special Yiddish Reading of Yankel and Leah with Author Simon FeuermanYankel & Leah

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Coordinated by Sharon Kern-Taub
Set in Brooklyn in the late 1980s, Yankel and Leah tells the story of a 28-year-old-tormented-about- women Talmudist who frustrates the most able of Flatbush's matchmakers. When he is introduced to Leah, a Portia-like powerhouse of a Jewish woman, this deeply-principled Yeshiva boy begins to unravel.

 

 

Scholar in ResidenceScholar-in-Residence Women of Valor in the Modern World
Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17, 2018

Judith Rosenbaum, PhD, Executive Director of Jewish Women's Archive The Proverbial "Eshet Chayil" is celebrated for her tireless commitment to family, livelihood, community, and God. Who are modern "Women of Valor" and what can we learn from them about leadership, vision, and social change? In a series of talks exploring Jewish Feminism, Dr. Judith Rosenbaum will take us beyond the iconic stories of celebrated leaders and into the texts of modern Jewish history to explore how Jewish women havebuilt on or broken with traditional feminine communal roles to pursue egalitarian Judaism and social justice.

Sponsored by the Helen Tureff Memorial Fund.
Sign language interpreters will be available
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Immolation and Conflagration In The Biblical
Thursdays, May 31, June 7, and June 14, 2018 at 7:45 PM
Taught by Dr. Diane Sharon, The Skirball Academy at the Streicker Center of Temple Emanuel
World Fire signifies God's presence in the Bible. It is an agent of the miraculous, a comforting sign of civilization, and an element of Israelite worship. It is also punishment for transgression as it falls from the sky or erupts from the earth. In this course we will examine selected biblical episodes marked by fire, and discover the astonishing range of meanings embedded in this powerful element. Please bring a complete Tanakh to each class. The JPS Hebrew-English edition is recommended.

 

Regular Programming

Hug Ivri
CSAIR's monthly Hebrew discussion group meets following Kiddush one Shabbat a month to talk about politics, literature, current events, and more. Dr. Yaakov Taitz, Coordinator. Free and open to all Hebrew speakers.

Yiddish Vinkl
Informal classroom style Yiddish conversations held monthly after Kiddush with an array of members. Enjoy the joys of Yiddish with a group that meets to schmooze together. - Charlie Goldfischer, Coordinator. Free and open to all Yiddish speakers.

Hazzan's Tisch (Led by CSAIR Cantor Elizabeth Stevens)
During Kiddush on Saturdays, November 4, December 2, 2017, January 6, 2018
Tentatively set for February 3, March 3, April 7, June 2 and June 9, 2018
Between Mincha and Maariv on Saturdays, October 28, November 25, December 30, 2017, January 20, February 24, March 24, April 28 and May 26, 2018
Enjoy Shabbat to the fullest with more chances to sing. We will gather on Shabbat during Kiddush or between Mincha and Maariv to sing zemirot (table songs), niggunim (wordless melodies) and more. Free and open to all.

Yom Hashoah
Saturday, May 19, 2018
A program of song, names, music, and testimony in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Thursday, April 12, 2018 Yom Hazikaron An evening remembering Israeli fallen soldiers with the Riverdale Jewish community. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Yom Haatzmaut A celebration in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. Thursday, April 19, 2018 Tikkun Leil Shavuot Unroll the Torah, hear 5th graders chanting sweetly for the first time and learn Torah with us in honor of Shavuot. Learning will go all night long and conclude with a sunrise service.

Yom Hazikaron
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
An evening remembering Israeli fallen soldiers with the Riverdale Jewish community.

Yom Haatzmaut
Thursday, April 19, 2018
A celebration in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Unroll the Torah, hear 5th graders chanting sweetly for the first time and learn Torah with us in honor of Shavuot. Learning will go all night long and conclude with a sunrise service.


CSAIR :: 475 West 250th Street :: Bronx, NY 10471 :: 718-543-8400 info@csair.org