Jewish Learning for Adults
Course Offerings, Fall-Winter 2017-2018

Community Torah Learning Project, Year 2

613 hours of learning from Simchat Torah to Shavuot!
Let's climb a mountain of Torah! We are thrilled to launch the second year of our community-wide learning campaign that will take us from Simchat Torah to Shavuot! Torah learning is the beating heart of a vibrant, engaged Jewish community. Our goal is 613 hours of learning. We came very close last year, but we know we can do it this time!

You can fulfill hours of learning on your own, with a study partner, or with
the FTJC course offerings below:

Click here to pledge hours, note fulfillment of hours, and to see our community's progress!

Courses are open to members and non-members alike, and are accessible to learners at multiple levels.


Hebrew Reading Crash Course

Level Two
Five Monday nights, beginning week of January 8, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Learn to follow along with prayers in the siddur, practicing speed, with recognizing and understanding common words and phrases.
Taught by Meggie Kwait, faculty at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan.
Suggested donation: $18, $36, or $54 per course.

Pre-Registration required here


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: Explorations in Jewish American Literature

Four Wednesdays: October 18, November 1, November 8, and November 15.
Encounter masterpieces of the Jewish American short story in this four week class. Together we will read and discuss narratives that foreground the questions: What do we owe others? What is our responsibility to family, society, and Jewish past and history? What is the responsibility of the Jewish artist, writer, or storyteller? Writers to include Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud, Tillie Olsen, Delmore Schwartz, Saul Bellow…and maybe even Gertrude Stein! 15-25 pages of reading in advance of each class.
Taught by Alisa Braun, Ph.D., and Amy Feinstein, Ph.D., who both are former professors of English and Jewish Studies.
Suggested donation: $18, $36, or $54 for the course.
Pre-Registration requested here


The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice
Eight Thursdays, beginning November 30, 8:00-9:30 PM

From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Judaism and Jewish ethics can inform our wrestling with moral questions of the day, pushing us to consider many sides of an issue toward complexity and nuance. This course uses a curriculum developed by the Jewish Theological Seminary, featuring text studies, videos, and online resources.
Taught by FTJC’s Rabbi Guy Austrian.
Hosted in participants’ homes.
Suggested donation: $36-$108 for the course, or $3-$10 per session.

Pre-Registration requested here


Coming Up this Winter-Spring?

Beit Midrash Learning
We are planning to offer a pilot program of learning in the style of a beit midrash (traditional Jewish study hall), geared toward more experienced learners but accessible to less experienced learners as well. This initiative is being led by our member Laynie Soloman, who is pursuing a dual Master's in Jewish Education and Talmud at JTS and serves as Director of Educational Initiatives at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva.
Questions? Ideas? E-mail Laynie.

More Learning Opportunities
If you have ideas about something you want to learn, and you have a hunch that you could pull together a group of others who want to learn it too, e-mail Rabbi Guy Austrian and let's talk about it.

Mon, December 11 2017 23 Kislev 5778