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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: Jewish themes, guest speakers, secular themes, and the arts.

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

OZ Adult Education Instructors: How did your course go?  Please complete this 5-minute survey soon after your course ends so the committee can learn how it went and support you.  Thank you! 

Ohavi Zedek Winter / Spring 2019 Class Information

Please register at least a week before class begins with OZ office: Tari Cote at  [email protected]

The Adult Education Committee invites you to come and learn!

Some classes are offered only once, some are a series, and some are offered in conjunction with the OZ library. You can find current information about Adult Education offerings below and in many other places: the Ohavi Zedek email weekly announcements, online calendar, OZ website on the Adult Education page, on the bulletin board next to the Ohavi Zedek library and in the bimonthly issues of The Voice.

Our committee welcomes new members and suggestions for classes. Please remember to pre-register with Tari for classes at [email protected]. {Classes with limited enrollment may need to be cancelled.}

1. Talking to Children about Racism a two-part series with Full Circle Preschool, Hebrew School, and Adult Education: For preschool families, Hebrew School families, and anyone who cares about children

DATES: Sunday 9:30-11: January 12 & 19

2. Engaging Israel study series: Jewish Values and the Israeli‐Palestinian Conflict (RABBI AMY with the Hartman Institute)

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences.

DATES: Sundays, 1-3:00 p.m.: Jan 5,12,19; Feb 2,9; March 1,8,15,22,29; April 5,12

3. Jewish Journeys: A Films Series from Around the World In partnership with Temple Sinai, UVM Hillel, and Jewish Communities of VT. At Main Street Landing Film House (Lake Street, Burlington, above Skinny Pancake) By donation, no registration needed. Facilitated discussion after each film. Weather cancellation? See OZ facebook page.

DATES: Third Sunday/month starting at 2:00; film+ discussion

· Sunday, January 19, 2020: The Fig Tree (2018) Set in war-torn Addis Ababa, Ethopia in 1989, this award-winning coming of age film is based on 16 year old Mina’s memories of her Jewish family escaping to Israel. with English subtitles

· Sunday, February 16, 2020: Felix and Meira (2014) Set in Montreal’s Mile End District, an intimate connection is forged between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood, but vastly different worlds.

· Sunday, March 15, 2020: The Interpreter (2018) Two old men weighed down by their unresolved conflicts during the Holocaust take a road trip. This award-winning film addresses a profound reality about our relationship to history. with English subtitles

4. Book Discussion Dear Zealots, by Amos Oz co-sponsored with the OZ Library

Find the book in the OZ library. In this book, Oz’s last, he addresses zealotry, Jewish ethics and his advice for Israel. We can take his perspectives and consider what it means to live in a sharply divided country. Led by Lila Shapero.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2-3:30

5. Feen Lecture: Dahlia Lithwick is coming! SAVE Sunday, March 22, 2020

Look for more information and the schedule of her visit – coming soon!

6. Free, White, and Christian: Constructing the Ideology of American Citizenship. with Bob Mayer. This class series looks at the way American thinkers, from the colonial period through the Civil War especially, shaped the concept of citizenship through the intersection of religion, slavery, and the construction of whiteness. We will explore how concepts like white and black, Christian and non-Christian, and free and slave shaped the ideology of early American thinkers and laid the foundation for today’s fractured and polarized society. An important part of the class will be in examining how Jews fit into the evolving definition of citizenship over time.

DATES: Mondays 5:45-6:45 p.m. Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

7. OZ Beit Midrash (House of Learning) with Rabbi Amy, after Kiddush lunch. Join in the time-honored practice of Torah learning in pairs where everyone’s voice and interpretation is welcomed. Explore classical Jewish texts from the Torah, Prophets, Talmud and commentaries followed by a teacher’s presentation of their interpretation.

DATES: 12:30-2:00 p.m.. 2nd Saturday/month: Jan 11, Feb 8, March 14, April 11

8. Introduction to the Shabbat Morning Service. This 12-session class (6 sessions in Fall, followed by 6 sessions in the Winter) aims to give learners of all backgrounds a greater understanding of the Hebrew text and music of the Shabbat morning service. We will study specific prayers each week, learn about their origins and authors, utilizing the original Hebrew, as well as translation and transliteration. This course will also examine how each prayer fits into the larger arc of the Shabbat morning service. In addition to deepening an understanding of the Hebrew prayers, each of the sessions will include an opportunity to learn and sing melodies, both traditional and contemporary for each prayer.

DATES: Tuesdays: 6:00-7:00 pm. Jan 14, 28, Feb 4, 18, 25, March 3