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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

2018 Winter Course Schedule

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

Learn about upcoming speakers and books we’ll read and discuss together in activities that lead up to our exciting Feen Lecture by Yossi Klein Halevi, and more. Find your learning adventure at OZ this winter and spring!
Jewish Foundational Learning
Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Amy will resume in March. 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 in for reading and reflection. Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 15, 22, 27


Learn to Leyn Hebrew for Torah Readings with Cantorial Intern Kochava Kreiger. Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:00 pm Feb. 6, 13, 27 March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17, 24


Tikkun Leil: Save the date for our Shavuot learning extravaganza and watch for more information closer to the date. Saturday evening, May 19.

Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding:

Engaging Israel, Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future, a 12-part series with Rabbi Amy: 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. It’s not too late to join the 20 people who are already enjoying this class. Download the sourcebook for free. Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 25 and March 4

Sharing Food and Stories with Christ Church Presbyterian: Sunday January 28 at 4:30 pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington. Please join in for a relaxed exchange of food and conversation, designed to build friendship between our communities. Christ Church members will supply light finger foods and Ohavi Zedek members will bring some sweets. Rabbi Amy and Pastor Deadra Ashton will lead a prayer and a reading and will invite us into conversation with some prompting questions. Please let us know if you are coming and if you can bring some sweets. RSVP to Lila Gottlieb at [email protected] by January 21. Park in the metered parking lot that faces Battery Street, go up several steps toward the back door, turn left, turn right and walk past a garden on your left to the door to the undercroft.
Israeli-Arab Co-existence, February 18 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm with Rabbi Michael Cohen. Rabbi Cohen presents a way to view the Arab-Israeli conflict through a Dual Narrative approach.

Book Discussion: The Hilltop. This novel by Assaf Gavron examines the complexities of the West Bank settlements through the relationship of two brothers who must live together with their opposing views. Join Lila Shapero for a discussion March 11, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

Book Discussion: Like Dreamers. Yossi Klein Halevi’s book follows the lives of the paratroopers who captured the Temple Mount during the Six-Day War. The paratroopers have diverse life paths, representing the full spectrum of positions, so that the complexities since the war, are presented with intimacy and compassion. Join Rabbi Amy for a discussion April 8, 3:00 – 4:30.

Feen Lecture – Four events, April 20 – 22. Be sure to mark your calendars now for this exciting weekend and watch for more details on event descriptions and specific times. Yossi Klein Halevi will be with the congregation Friday night April 20, Saturday, April 21 in conjunction with services, and later Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, April 22 we will present Yossi Klein Halevi at our public Feen Lecture event. Watch upcoming Voice and e-news for more detail and exact times.

Arts and History:
Healing Practices through Art, a multi-cultural perspective, one-session 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. Possible traditions to explore include Native American traditions as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Hebraic, and Muslim. Mandala, Sand Painting and Hamsa forms. April 29 at 3 pm

Tightrope: Korea, the United States, and Roots of Crisis, with Bob Mayer. This course looks at the modern history of American involvement with the Korean peninsula. Beginning with the experience of Korea under Japanese rule in the early 20th century, the class will explore the World War II era, the division of Korea, the early Cold War, the 1950-1953 Korean War, the late Cold War, and the North Korean nuclear program, among other topics. Through seven weekly sessions, the focus will be on trying to shed light on the current tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, as well as the complexities of the military, political and economic situation in northern Asia. Mondays 5:45 – 6:45, February 12 – March 27.

Creative Writing with Nancy Sugarman. An opportunity to explore your thoughts by writing dialogue. Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 pm

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