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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 Adult Education

Class Information

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 other Ohavi Zedek committees. At this time, all classes are offered on screen via Zoom.

You can find current information about Adult Education offerings in the weekly announcements, and on this website’s Upcoming Events page where you can find descriptions and registration details. Some classes have a limit to the number of participants.

The Adult Education committee welcomes new members and suggestions for classes. Contact Nancy at [email protected].

 

Some classes to look for:

Engaging Israel study series, from the Hartman Institute in Israel (led by Rabbi Amy)

  • Sunday afternoons

Book discussions some co-sponsored by the OZ Library and Social Action committees

These facilitated discussions are often over more than one session. Topics include:

  • Judaism, Jewish life and history
  • Anti-racism, history of racism in our country and relationships between Jews and people of color in the United States. These are offered in conjunction with the Social Action Committee

Here is a list of selected books on racism for you to explore.

OZ Beit Midrash (House of Learning) with Rabbi Amy

  • 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.

Activities with/by other congregations in Vermont

  • ‘The Hate U Give’ book discussions, facilitator training, by stander training and other related events by the VT Humanities Council. “The Hate U Give” is the VT Reads Book of the year. Ohavi Zedek and VT Interfaith Action are co-coordinating exploration of this book by congregations in VT.
  • Racism in America Forum Series, monthly panels hosted by Good Shepard Lutheran Church: October 2020-June 2021

Other Activities are being planned