Adult Education

March AT A GLaNCE!


- Rabbi Matt Berkowitz  Sunday evening, March 10 at 7:30 pm.   JTS Holy-wood: Israeli short films and discussion.  

- The first of a series of Israeli movies/discussion will be on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm:  The Troupe (Halehaka).  

               More details about the above programs can be found below.

- We welcome retired UF history professor Barbara Oberlander, who will speak to us about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on May 19 at 1:00 pm.  Details will be listed soon!

Weekly Programs:

* Monday Minyan Mapquest Monday mornings, following morning minyan: Rabbi Lubliner takes us on a tour of Jewish cities, explaining history and current statistics of some well-known and not-so-well-known Jewish communities around the world.  March 4, 11, 18, 25

* Talmud Class    Taught by Rabbi Lubliner   Join us for a journey through Jewish time as we study the creation and development of the Hebrew calendar, the liturgy and rituals of the Jewish New Year, and fascinating midrash of Tractate Rosh Hashanah.  We are just beginning this new tractate, so this is a good time to start!  No prior knowledge or experience with Talmud study necessary.   Mondays 7:15 p.m.   March 11, 18 

* Foundations of Judaism class   Sundays 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Classes are held at the Center, and are open to all, whether you are considering conversion, seeking to understand a friend or relative’s religious choices, or simply trying to go beyond your childhood Jewish education.  We are now on Unit 6:  LifeCycle   We will explore lifecycle commemorations, leading to a comfort in attending and participating in Jewish rites of passage.  We are on Lesson 3: Late Life.  We will discuss the life cycle events associated with late life:  illness, death, and mourning. Why should we bury as soon as possible after death?  What are Jewish views on embalming and cremation?  What do the rituals of tahara and takhrikhim symbolize?  What is the purpose of shiva and kaddish, and who is expected to do what, for how long?  This class will take place on March 17, and will be taught by Rabbi Mark Wieder .   March 3, 10, 17, 24

 * NOW WEEKLY! ShalOM Meditation   Please join us for 25 minutes of meditation in a Jewish environment! At 9:15-9:30, we will offer some basic instruction of meditation technique and approach.  We will start our actual practice at 9:30 and go until 9:55 (in time for the Torah service).   We meet in the Kramer Library (JJC).    


Hebrew Classes:   

* Alef-Bet Hebrew  For beginners!  Learn (or re-learn) Hebrew letters and vowels, and some very basic vocabulary and grammar.  Taught by Martin Levine   9:15-10:15 AM (current class is closed to new students)   Please contact Lois to get on the list for the summer class!   March 3, 10, 17, 24

* Service Skills (intermediate Hebrew level)   This class is designed to increase prayer fluency and help our congregants to become more comfortable in our Jacksonville Jewish Center weekday and Shabbat services.  Basic reading skills (knowledge of Alef/Bet) are necessary, but we will work together on reading fluency, higher-level reading skills, and prayer vocabulary.  If you are interested, please contact Lois to schedule a time! 

NOTE:  For some classes, we can arrange remote access (live, webinar-style through "Zoom").    Please ask if it is available for a class that is of interest to you!  


Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers:

* March 12:  Center Book Club  open to all interested adults.   We meet at 7:30 pm in the Starbucks section of the Barnes & Noble Book Store on San Jose.   This month's book is Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, an Oprah's Book Club choice and "a compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy" [Amazon].  It was an Amazon Best Book of August, 2016, and a NYT bestseller.  

*March 10: YIDDISH "CLUB"   This is a group of people who meet monthly to enjoy Yiddish culture and language.  We begin with a short lesson, watch videos, listen to Klezmer music, and/or discuss Yiddish stage, movies, and humor!  Perfect for ALL, whether you know the language or not - please join us!  We meet in the Kramer Library (JJC)   12:30-1:30.   

*March 10: JTS Holy-wood: Israeli short films and discussion.   Join the Center and the Jewish Theological Seminary as we welcome Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, JTS Director of Israel Programs, for a special event.  With upcoming elections scheduled in Israel for the beginning of April, the future of 'Greater Israel' is once again at the heart of political conversation as the country decides how to move forward. This evening will explore two cinematic representations of settlers and the settler community. We will see two short movies produced by the Maale Film School, Jerusalem: Evacuation Order, a soldier who has arrived at a remote trailer to evacuate a settler ends up falling in love with her and Eicha, the story of a woman whose settler parents name her Eicha, Lamentation, because she was born on Tisha B'Av; now that she is eighteen, she wants to change her name as tension rises in the family.  Please confirm your attendance to Ronni Sommer either by e-mail to [email protected] or by calling: (561) 852-3454.  (JJC)  7:30 pm 

* March 15:  Coffee & Torah   Third Shabbat of every month  Come enjoy a strong cup of brew, a tasty breakfast treat, and thought-provoking insights into the weekly Torah portion in the intimate setting of Rabbi Lubliner’s office.  8:00-9:00a.m.   

 SAVE THE DATE for a series of Israeli films: 

- May 2: The Troupe (Halehaka)   This offbeat musical directed by Avi Nesher follows a dozen members of the military entertainment troupe, whose mission is to entertain the Israeli Army following the Six Day War in 1967. Although the performers are not at the front lines, they, too, suffer tensions, learning to get along, making and breaking romances--all while competing to become the best performer in the troupe and to receive coveted television coverage.  Introduced by Edward Tannen, with noshes and discussion after the movie.
- June 23:     The Syrian Bride    In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.

- July 28:   The Big Dig or The Wedding Contract (TBD)  Both films are comedies, written and directed by Ephriam Kishon, one of Israel's first humorists.


Contact Lois Tompkins 904-292-1000 ext. 146 or [email protected] for questions on dates or more Adult Education opportunities.   Our classes and presentations are free of charge except for the cost of materials if needed.  Please join us!