JEWISH U: TOPICS IN JUDAISM FOR THE CURIOUS AND THE QUESTIONING

We’ve got a great line-up of classes with Rabbi Rossoff scheduled for Spring 2019!  Take a look and mark your calendars.

Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 PM – The Book of Esther For Adults Only 

Esther is more than a cute tale for the kiddies, it is another episode in the ongoing battle against the force of evil, first encountered in the book of Exodus and continuing to this very day. How do Esther and Mordechai serve as role models for us, or do they? And what was Haman doing on Esther’s couch?

Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 AM – A Walk through the Haggadah with Rabbi Don and Great Passover Recipes with Fran Rossoff

Special readings and silly songs for your Seder will be available.

Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 PM – Understanding the Haggadah

The Haggadah in its traditional form is filled with fun and games as well as dangerous connotations- especially if you happen to be a rabbi living in the 2nd century CE. But what about the rest of us? How did the Haggadah come to be? Why is it so long and does it have to be? (No, it doesn’t.)  How has history impacted the Haggadah and what is the connection between Pesach and Easter? Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder? And what is the deal with Elijah’s cup?  Special readings and silly songs for your Seder will be available.

Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 AM – The Jewish Life Cycle: Illness, Death, and Mourning 

Sunday, April 28 at 10:30 AM – Understanding Modern Forms of Judaism with an Emphasis on Reform Judaism 

Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 AM – Zionism and Israel: The What and Whys of the Jewish State and the Connections We Have 

Sacred Symphonies with Rabbi Don

The Bible has inspired creative interpretation (midrash) not just by ancient rabbis but by musicians, artists and poets throughout the ages, including modern Jewish classical composers. In this three-part class, participants will listen to and analyze three Biblically based modern compositions: Bloch’s Shelomo Rhapsody, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and his Chichester Psalms. No musical background necessary.

Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 PM –  Shelomo Rhapsody by Ernst Bloch – A study in leadership and power based on the book of Ecclesiastes

Thursday, May 2 at Noon – Symphony #1 – Jeremiah by Leonard Bernstein  *Bring your own dairy brown bag lunch; we’ll provide drinks and dessert

Thursday, May 16 at Noon  – Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein   *Bring your own dairy brown bag lunch; we’ll provide drinks and dessert.