This is an informal series of Jewish learning workshops on various topics that our members say are important and relevant to them. They will take place after the Kiddushes, in the chapel or classroom at the MNJCC, usually starting at 12:45 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m; occasionally they will take place at other times. You do not need expertise in any of these topics in order to participate. If you DO have enough expertise to LEAD a session or if you have specific questions, write to: (Jonathan Silin-Education Director) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a selected list of some of the sessions that took place previously:
Saturday, November 4, 2017: “Not Gone with the Wind: Nazi Antisemitism and White Supremacy” – presented by Dr. Doris Bergen, Holocaust scholar.
Saturday, October 7, 2017: “Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Israel in the 1950s” – presented by Ori Yehudai, PhD.
Saturday, May 6, 2017: “Entreat Me Not to Leave You: The Story of Naomi and Ruth.” Storytelling by long-time member Eden Nameri, followed by a discussion.
Saturday, February 4, 2017: “Israel: Sustainability and Innovation” As we approached Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of Trees” in Israel, we had the opportunity to learn about The Society for the Protection of Nature In Israel (SPNI). – presented by Allan Shiff, President, CSPNI
Saturday, January 3, 2017: “The Time of Salvation: Jews in Medieval Christian Literature”. Christian writers in medieval Europe represented Judaism in two ways: as a dangerously retrogressive “Old Law,” and as a foreshadowing of the last days and Apocalypse to come. Why, and how? – presented by Dr. Suzanne Akbari
Saturday, May 7, 2016: “Ma Nishtana: Tell me what is the difference?” – led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg
Saturday, April 2, 2016: “Games on the Road to Holocaust: Canada and the Nazi Olympics,” – presented by Professor Harold Troper
Saturday, February 6th, 2015: ” Funny Pictures – in Jewish ” – presented by Professor Carol Zemel
Saturday, September 5th, 2015: Breakfast with The Rabbi Towards the Days of Awe: Honing Your Inner Self for the High Holy Days – led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg
Saturday, March 28th, 2015: Rituals R Us # 2 – Innovation and Invention – led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg
Saturday, February 7th, 2015: Rituals R Us # 1 – Transmitting Tradition – led by Rabbi Aviva Goldberg
January 3, 2015: Torah Then and Now – led by Shir Libeynu member Charlie Lior
November 1, 2014: The Dreyfus Affair and Why it Still Matters – led by Shir Libeynu member Brian Smith
September 6, 2014: Exploring the High Holy Days Liturgy led by Aviva Goldberg
March 1, 2014: It Means What?: A Discussion of 3 primary siddur prayers, their meaning and significance for contemporary Jews – led by Aviva
February 4, 2014: Finding Your Way Around The Basic Structures of the Prayer Book – led by Aviva
January 4, 2014: Tu B’Shvat: The New Year of the Trees, – led by Charlie Lior
December 7, 2013: Talmud 101 -This inaugural session was introduced by Aviva Goldberg and led by Shir Libeynu member Shlomo Gleibman