Fall Classes 2019/5780

 

MONDAY

Kabbalah: Exploring Life’s Challenging Questions

Mon | Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 9 | 10:00 am | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Ruth Rosenberg
For generations, the wisdom of Kabbalah has enriched humanity with a perspective that empowers individuals to become their best selves. Using the lens of Kabbalistic teaching, we will consider: How do we navigate the complexity of love, relationships, and friendship? What value can prayer, meditation, and mindfulness play in our lives? And what does it look like to live a life of happiness and clarity?

Ruth Rosenberg has been a spiritual teacher, consultant, and public speaker since 1989. She uses wisdom from her lifelong study of philosophy, religion, and Kabbalah to make ancient concepts relevant to a range of individuals.

Cost: $60/members; $80/general
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Torah Trope
Mon | Oct 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2 | 7:00 pm | 87th Street
Arielle Green, Cantorial Intern
Become familiar with the history of Torah cantillation and learn basic skills for chanting Torah. Participants must be able to read Hebrew but need not read fluently or understand.

Cost: Free/members; $18/general
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TUESDAY

Essential Essays

Tue | Weekly, beginning Sept 17 | approx. 8:00 am, immediately after morning minyan | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Cosgrove

Join in a discussion of Jewish philosophy, theology and thought. The essay is distributed via a weekly email; if you wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact iisaac@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x120.

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.


Contemporary Jewish Thought

Tue | Weekly, beginning Sept 3 | 12:00—1:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Zuckerman

Explore a reading about contemporary Jewish experience and thought.  

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.


Pathways: An Introduction to Judaism

Tue |  Rolling | 6:30 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Zuckerman and Rabbi Philp 
Students will be introduced to Jewish thought, history, and practice; engaging the mind, heart, and soul. This enriching curriculum is for anyone who seeks deeper knowledge of Jewish life and wisdom, whether you are Jewish, are sharing your life with a Jew and/or raising Jewish children, or are considering conversion to Judaism?

If you are interested in signing up for this class, please email Rabbi Zuckerman at nzuckerman@pasyn.org or call 212.369.4900, x121.

 

WEDNESDAY

Daf Shevui: Women's Weekly Talmud Study

Wed | Weekly, beginning Sept 4 | 8:30—9:00 am | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Witkovsky

You may have heard of Daf Yomi, the worldwide study of a page of Talmud a day. As wonderful as this popular endeavor is, the pace is extremely fast, perhaps a bit difficult for even advanced Talmud students to keep up with. We've decided to slow down the pace, covering one page of Talmud per week. Join us! Talmud is always best learned in a group. NO prior knowledge necessary, just a willingness to learn.  

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.


New offering!

Bible Stories as You’ve Never Heard Them

Wed | Begins Oct 16  | 7:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Dr. Ed Silver

The stories in the Hebrew Bible are frequently irreverent, and its authors delighted in ambiguity, wordplay, and ambivalence. But the text has often been badly served by its translators, so that these literary undercurrents are lost. Recovering the Bible's original aesthetic force requires us to attune ourselves to its voice and learn how biblical narrative differs from the narrative styles we are accustomed to. We will survey a range of biblical texts in this course, discussing their internal themes and their literary style with an eye to discovering what these stories meant to the Israelites who first told them.
Dr. Ed Silver holds a PhD in ancient Judaism from the University of Chicago, and currently teaches in the department of religion at CUNY-Hunter College. He has taught courses on biblical narrative, the Ancient Near East, and Wisdom Literature.

Cost:
The course will cost $250/members; $290/non-members.
If you would like to sign up for this course, please email mbernstein@pasyn.org


The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Year 1

Wed | Begins Oct 16 | 7:00—9:15 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Witkovsky and Rabbi Joel Shaiman

Learn what we believe as Jews and why in Purposes of Jewish Living. Examine the ideas, beliefs, life cycle, and holiday practices involved in living Jewishly in Rhythms of Jewish Living.  

Cost: $665/members; $780/general
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The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum

Bereshit (Genesis) II - The Story of the First Jewish Family

Wed | Begins Oct 16 | 7:00—8:15 pm | 10 sessions | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Savenor

This course follows the development of the first Jewish family, from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with an angel, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation provide dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia.  

Cost: $290/members; $350/general
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THURSDAY

Study Circle: Torah Talks with PAS Clergy

Thu | First Thursday of the Month, beginning Oct 3 | 12:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
PAS Clergy

Our Sages said, make Torah study a regular practice. Do as they said, and learn about a wide range of ancient and contemporary topics that can all be considered “Torah.” Come once, twice, or whenever you can!  

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.


The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Year 2

Thu | Begins Oct 17 | 9:15—11:30 am | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Zuckerman and Rabbi Philp

In Ethics of Jewish Living, students learn how Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, interpersonal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research. Crossroads explores the lessons of Jewish history and investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present.
Prerequisite: Completion of Melton Year 1.

Cost: $665/members; $780/general
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The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum

Jewish Medical Ethics - A 21st-Century Discussion

Thu | Begins Oct 17 | 9:15—10:30 am | 10 sessions | 87th Street
Rabbi Cosgrove

Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life — issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. Reading in Jewish Medical Ethics by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, we will explore Jewish approaches to a number of 21st-century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.

Cost: $290/members; $350/general
Registration for this course has closed. Please email rcushman@pasyn.org to express interest in taking this course.


Graduate Class: History of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

Thu | Begins Oct 17 | 9:15—10:30 am | 10 sessions | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Dr. David Kaufman

As Jews, we are always aware of anti-Semitism. In recent months, this awareness has become a daily concern. Historical perspective is indispensable to understand today’s realities and our reactions to them. To better comprehend both our history and ourselves, this class will address issues such as the origin of anti-Semitism, root causes of the Holocaust, why anti-Semitism is intensifying once again, and how Holocaust memory influences our understanding of and response to anti-Semitism today.  

Cost: $290/members; $350/general
Registration for this course has closed. Please email rcushman@pasyn.org to express interest in taking this course.


Insights from Israel

Thu | Second Thursday of the month; Begins Sept 12 | 12:00—1:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Michael Graetz (via Skype from Israel)

On the second Thursday of the month, we explore the most pressing issues affecting Israel, meeting with Rabbi Graetz via video conferencing. A co-founder of the Masorti movement in Israel, Rabbi Graetz was guest scholar and interim rabbi at PAS in 2008-09.  

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.


Shulhan Ivrit (Conversational Hebrew)

Thu | Sep 12, Oct 17, Nov 14, Dec 12 | 7:15—8:30 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Intermediate and advanced level Hebrew speakers are invited to spend an hour practicing conversational Hebrew. Come to one session or come to all to deepen your connection with Israel and the Jewish people by speaking Hebrew.  

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.

 

FRIDAY

Talmud Torah

Fri | Weekly, beginning Sept 6 | approx. 8:00 am, immediately after morning minyan | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Witkovsky
We will study passages of the Talmud page by page to explore the world of the Rabbis, their methodology, and how their thinking shapes us today.  

Cost: Free
No registration necessary.


Women in the Bible

Fri | Oct 25, Nov 22, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 20, Apr 24 | 9:15—10:15 am | 87th Street
Debbie Cosgrove
Learn the fascinating stories of the women in the Bible. Through engaging texts, we will study the lives of the familiar and not-so-familiar women who populate the biblical narrative.  

Cost: $36/member; $46/general
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SATURDAY

Shaharit and Parashat HaShavua

Sat | Weekly | 9:00 am | 87th Street
PAS Clergy
Join in P’sukei D’zimrah, Shaharit and an engaging study of the morning’s Torah portion, ending in time to join the community in the Sanctuary for the Torah service. 
No registration necessary.