Looking for in-depth Jewish learning? Join our ongoing group of adult learners and engage with gifted Jewish scholars from around the country.
The Advanced Learning Institute meets on Tuesday mornings, 10:00 – 11:00am via Zoom.
To join the class, or just drop in from time to time, please fill out the form below so we can send you the Zoom link and password.
Email Joy@JewishCollaborativeoc.org with any questions.
Upcoming ALI Classes
July 21st and July 28th:
We will be joined by Dr. Reinhard Kraus
, the Executive Director of the Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies. Since 2008 he has taught Inter-religious Studies as a Lecturer at the Center for the Study of Religion
at UCLA. In addition, he is a member of the faculty of the New Theological Seminary of the West
, and of Bayan Claremont
, a Muslim graduate school in Southern California. A native of Germany, Dr. Krauss studied at the German universities of Tübingen and Bonn and received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is an accomplished academic translator, including being one of the main contributors to the new English edition
of the works of the German theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer
, a key leader of the resistance against Hitler’s Nazi regime.
August 4: Sam Glaser, will be speaking with us about his new book “The Joy of Judaism.” Sam is known worldwide for his soulful Jewish music and performances. In addition to being a consummate performer, Sam has a long history as a music educator for both children and adults. Click here to read more about Sam.
August 11, 18, 25, and September 1
We will be joined by Hazzan and storyteller Marcia Lane for Jewish Stories and Jewish Storytelling. Marcia Lane will lead an exploration of the history of storytelling within the Jewish tradition, from the Bible to the Borscht Belt. Participants will have opportunities to tell their own stories, and all written materials will be provided.
August 11 – Session 1: In the Beginning …
The first stories to be defined as Jewish come from the Torah and the Midrashim. Or did they? Biblical stories borrowed from the surrounding cultural traditions, but with a spin that makes them our own.
August 18 – Session 2: Wise and Foolish: stories of the rabbis, sages, scholars, shlemiels and shlimazels.
In the period of the tannaim and the amora’im – rabbis of the Mishnaic and the Talmudic periods – a genre of stories emerged of wonder-workers, problem-solvers, and quasi-saints. In a parallel track, folklore gives us stories of fools and common folk.
August 25 – Session 3: Galut – Stories from Jewish communities around the world
The Jewish story takes on the flavor of the various communities to which Jews traveled, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of Jews living in a sometimes hostile, sometimes insular environment.
September 1 – Session 4: Family Folklore and the development of the art of the joke
Every Jewish family has certain stories in common: how our ancestors escaped or endured persecution, how they thrived or struggled in new countries, whose recipe for brisket wins, and the eternal debate: Matzah balls: Heavy or fluffy!?
is an award-winning storyteller and recording artist, who has performed in schools, at festivals, in museums and synagogues across the United States, as well as in Canada, Sweden, and England. She received her cantorial ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, and has served congregations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Nashville! She is currently living in the Bronx.
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