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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 Spring Course Schedule

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

Torah Study with Rabbi Amy

Wednesdays: 7:30 -8:30 p.m. February 1, 15, March 1

Rabbi Amy draws from both scholarly and experiential knowledge to bring meaning and depth to our understanding of Torah. No experience is necessary. Join us for reading, reflection and conversation.

Rosh Chodesh Start-Up with Rabbi Amy

Saturday: 6:00 p.m. February 11

Rosh Chodesh, the start of every new month in the Jewish calendar, has traditionally been designated a holiday for women. Join us for an organizing meeting to explore themes, formats and scheduling for a new Rosh Chodesh women’s group.

Hebrew Language for Services, taught by Amy May

Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. March1, 8, 15, 22

This 4-part class will introduce you to the Hebrew used in our services.

Antebellum America and the Doomed Experiment, taught by Dr. Robert Mayer

Mondays 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. January 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6

This course looks at the broad sweep of American history from the ratification of the Constitution to the Civil War. The Antebellum period saw the rise of what one could call the First American Republic, one built on slavery, decentralized power, and an increasingly fragile series of compromises between different communities that, in the end, could not truly become one.

The Art of Dying: Artistic Practice, Death & World Religions, taught by Heather Vittum Fuller. Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 28

From Egyptian tomb art to Chagall, this lecture with slides provides an overview of some of the art that has been created around death and dying in a variety of cultures and religions worldwide. Participants will see images of a variety of arts and learn about how these arts relate to the precepts of the religion that they belong to and how the artist or culture may have experienced their art.

End of Life Matters, taught by Rabbi Amy

Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., March 12, April 2

Part 1: Learn how Jewish texts and teachings guide and inform life’s most difficult questions. Part 2: Jewish views of the afrterlife: Jewish ideas, texts and beliefs regarding life after death.

OZ Reads: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, led by Lila Shapero

Sunday 4:00 p.m. April 30

Complementing Rabbi Amy’s sessions on Aging, we will discuss “Being Mortal”, a book that raises questions and suggests ideas for families and loved ones dealing with the challenges of aging and dealing with facing death. Class members procure books on your own.

Introduction to Food Justice and Ethics, taught by Grace Oedel

Sunday 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. May 7

‘Food justice,’ ‘sustainability,’ and ‘fair trade’ food have all become buzzwords, especially here in Burlington. But what does these concepts mean to us as Jews, and how has our tradition wrestled with what a just food system looks like over thousands of years? These questions of how we should grow food and feed ourselves and our communities are not new. In this class, we will explore text to better understand a Jewish perspective on what just food looks like, both in terms of social and environmental justice. We will read text, wrestle with it, and begin to think about what food ethics we want to live by as Jews today. We’ll also share some tasty local treats!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot, led by Rabbi Amy and members of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. May 30

Watch for details for a rich night-time experience of Jewish Learning on Shavuot.

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