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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 welcomes the New Year by bringing a full slate of educational programs starting in
September 2019. We are also planning spring 2020 offerings, including the Feen Lecture.
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 in many 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 participation and ideas as we look
at programming suggestions and plan future classes.
Do consider attending one of the programs scheduled for the remainder of 2019. Please remember to pre-register
with Tari for classes at [email protected]. {Classes with limited enrollment may need to be cancelled.}


• Yid Lit 1, 2 and 3—discussions of Yiddish Literature in Translation on September11, October 27 and in
November or early December (date to be determined). See Library column, on page 11 for details.


High Holy Day Music Workshop in the Yurt with Cantor Steve. Calling all OZ singers, musicians, and musiclovers to a special High Holy Day music workshop, where we will have a chance to immerse ourselves insome of the most timeless traditional Jewish melodies, in addition to many new contemporary melodies and
niggunim that will be introduced at High Holy Days this year. In addition to creating an “informal chorus” of congregants familiar with the High Holy Day musical repertoire, we will have an opportunity to learn a few pieces that we hope to lead together for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 4 sessions on Sundays from 5:00 6:30 pm, Sept 8, 15, 22, Oct 6. Please email Cantor Steve if you have questions: [email protected]

Join Rabbi Amy in the OZ Beit Midrash (House of Learning) on the second Shabbat of each month from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Join 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. Next Beit Midrashim: 12:30-2:00 pm on Oct 12, Nov 9, and Dec 14. Classes will continue in 2020

In the Shadow of Empires: Jews in the Ancient World with Bob Mayer. In the centuries before the Roman destruction of the Temple and the great Diaspora, the ancient Jews lived a precarious existence between great empires and conquering armies. The class looks at the general history of this period from roughly 600
BCE through 70 CE, with a focus on the Hellenic period and the challenges the Jewish people faced as a small community in the midst of giants. 7 sessions on Mondays from 5:45-6:45 pm starting October 28

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. Tuesdays: 7:30-8:30 pm. October 29, Nov 5, 12, 26, Dec 3, 10, Jan 14, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, March 3

Individual Classes:
“Silence” the Movie This 1998 short animated film reflects the true story of 5 year old Tana Ross, who learns to keep silent after surviving the concentration camps. Winner of a number of awards, including Best Short at the Oslo Animation Festival (1998), Grand Prix, Odense Film Festival (1999) and Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival (1998). We are privileged to have Orly Yadin, one of the film makers join us to talk about her film. Sunday, November 17 2-3:00 PM. Minimum of 10 people to hold this class. PLEASE pre-register with Tari.

Liturgy and Music with Cantor Steve We are pleased to offer our first class with Cantor Steve, on the Shabbat morning service liturgy and music. Check the OZ online calendar, weekly notices and website, as well as the bulletin board next to the library, for the date and time. This is just the first of many classes our Cantor Steve will offer.

Coming in 2020:

1. Engaging Israel study series:  Jewish Values and the Israeli‐Palestinian Conflict (RABBI AMY)

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


2. Sunday afternoon Movie Series “Jews Around the world” with Temple Sinai and Jewish Communities of VT come once a month watch a film and participate in a discussion on

3. “Minnow” a Poetry Reading and book launch by our own, Judy Chalmer

Mostly situated in public lands, the poems in Judith Chalmer’s book, Minnow, begin with close observation of natural detail, and move from there into explorations of love, purpose, mortality and awe.  Many of the poems also celebrate same sex love in the context of the delight she takes in her relationship with her wife, with whom she has been enjoying the natural world for many years.  (Date to be determined in March or April)

4. Book Discussion newest Amos Oz book of essays: Dear Zealots; Hosted with the library, facilitated by Lila Shapero (date to be determined)

5. Feen Lecture with Dahlia Lithwick, Sunday, March 22

6. Beit Midrash continues at the same time: 2nd Sat/month

      DATES: Jan 11, Feb 8, March14, April 11

7. Introduction to the Shabbat Morning Service with Cantor Steve, con’t

            Tuesdays: 7:30-8:30   DATES in 2020: Jan 14 & 28, Feb 4,11, 25, March 3

8. “Talking to Children about Race” a two part series, Sunday morning in January, with Full Circle Preschool, Hebrew School families and anyone who cares about kids.            Sunday, Jan 12 + 19

Questions about the Ohavi Zedek Adult Education committee, contact Nancy Sugarman at [email protected]