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Adult Education

OZ Adult Education (OZAE) seeks to engage congregation members and the broader community both by drawing on members’ experience and skills and by responding to an appetite for learning. Whether directly related to Jewish practice and philosophy, or of a more secular nature, OZAE programs will promote connections—between young and old, Jews near and far, our present and our past – all dedicated to enhancing the quality of participants’ Jewish life. OZAE focuses on four subject areas:



Would you like to teach a class?

Ohavi Zedek Adult Education encourages community members and others to share their talents and expertise, welcoming both Jewish-related and secular programs. The OZAE Committee will make final decisions regarding accepting proposals to teach classes. If you are interested in teaching a program, please complete the following and return it to Ohavi Zedek’s Office or e-mail the Adult Ed Chair.

OZAE Proposal Form

2017 Fall Course Schedule

Please email [email protected] to sign up for the classes below.


Adult Education at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

There are wonderful opportunities to learn at OZ this fall and winter, including:

Foundational and other Jewish Learning:

High Holiday preparation with Rabbi Amy: Deepen your experience of the Days of Awe with learning and reflection. Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sept 6, Sept 13

Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Amy: Come explore with depth and creativity what the sages have taught us about the weekly Torah portion and how those insights can offer guideposts and lessons for life. No experience is necessary. Join us for reading and reflection. Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. starts Oct 18 and weekly.

Hebrew Prayers: Learning Recitation, Exploring Meaning, and Deepening Spiritual Understanding, a 5-part series with Cantorial Intern, Kochava Krieger: Would you like to learn the Hebrew words and melodies of well-known Jewish prayers, explore their meaning, and come away with a deeper spiritual understanding of how these prayers apply to our lives? The goal of the class is for people to feel comfortable reciting the prayers and also to learn their meaning. Some prayers we will study: Shema/V’ahavta, the Amidah, the Kaddish, excerpts from the Torah Service, and Kabbalat Shabbat prayers. Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Oct 24, November 7, 14, 28, December 5

Bima Choreography with Kochava Krieger: Have you ever felt shy or awkward about approaching the bima? This is a chance to learn proper bima choreography and explore why these customs exist. Some choreography examples include: How to do an Aliyah, how to lift and dress the Torah, when to bow, and when to open and close the ark. The goal of the class is for people to feel comfortable when they attend services and be motivated to participate. Monday, October 30, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Explore and Create an Ethical Will or Legacy Letter, a 2-part series with Rabbi Amy, Kochava Krieger and Roz Grossman: An ethical will, or legacy letter, is a way to share your beliefs, values, and life lessons with your family, friends, and community. It is not a legal document. In this 2-part workshop, participants will explore and write their own Ethical Will/Legacy Letter that can be shared with loved ones now or in the future. Sundays 12:00-2:00 p.m., November 12 and 19.

Parenting, a 2-part series with Rabbi Amy: based on The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Traditions to Raise Self-Reliant Children, with Rabbi Amy. Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., November 8 and 15.

Learning within our congregational theme of interfaith and intercultural collaborations and understanding:

Engaging Israel, Israel’s Milestones and their meanings: The legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future, an 8-part series with Rabbi Amy: Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meaning and consequences. Through consideration of major historic moments, this series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity today.

Each session will include a topic introduction by Rabbi Amy, chavruta-style partnered discussion and a 20-25-minute video lecture by a scholar. There will be an option to stay for an additional 20-minute video of a round-table discussion on the video lecture. There is a sourcebook to download or OZ can order a book for $20. Watch e-news and flyers for scheduling details.

Healing Practices through Art, a multi-cultural perspective, a 3-part series with Linda Finkelstein: Making art has the potential to incorporate spiritual energy. Different cultures have approached creating to bring about healing, good fortune and sustenance. We will discover Native American traditions as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Hebraic, and Muslim . Mandala, Sand Painting and Hamsa forms. Sundays 2:00- 3:30 p.m., October 22, November 12 and November 19.

Lodestone: Empire, Jihad and Crusade in the making of the Middle East, a 7-part series with Bob Mayer: The social, political, and cultural environment of the modern Middle East rests on a long history of encounters between diverse groups, forces, and ideas. Two of the most important yet least understood ideas that have engaged the imagination of people for centuries are jihad and crusade. This seven-week class looks at the overall history of outside intervention, resistance to invasion, and internal conflict in the regions of Palestine, the Levant, and Arabia, with the intent of clarifying and reaching a better understanding of how centuries of internal and external struggle have shaped today’s Middle East. Mondays 5:45-6:45 p.m., October 2 – November 13.

Check the weekly e-news and upcoming flyers for additional scheduling and information. Join in!

Look for the Adult Education flyer, find out more on the website, and email [email protected] in the OZ office to register.