Adult Education

January AT A GLaNCE!


On January 6, 2019, Professor Stephen Cantor of Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, will present an exciting interactive-style learning session, called The Evolving Earth.   We will discuss the scientific facts that nothing about the earth is fixed or unchanging.  Included will be a discussion of  dinosaurs, Neanderthals, and the evolution of the human species, and a look at one rabbinical interpretation.  This program will begin at 10:00, preceded by minyan and a light breakfast beginning at 8:30 am.  

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.  Jan. 7, 14, 28

* Talmud Class  Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all!  Mondays 7:00 p.m.   Jan. 7, 14, 28

* 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. Our goal is to introduce learners to major events in Jewish History, and to explore the role of the Land of Israel in Jewish faith through the ages.  We will also encounter and respond to major 20th century events that have affected the Jewish people.  We are now ready to begin Unit 5:  Jewish Ethics and Values   We will explore the foundations, evolution and application of a wide range of Jewish values, and outline the big picture of what it means to live a Jewish life.   Lesson 1 is "Kedusha".  What does it mean to be kadosh? What is the relationship between values and behavior?  What is the purpose that a life by Jewish values hopes to achieve?    This class will take place on Jan. 27, and will be taught by Rabbi Merrill Shapiro      Jan 6, 13, 27

 * 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.   NEW CLASS BEGINS ON JANUARY 27 AT 9:15-10:15 AM, and will be taught by Martin Levine.  Please contact Lois to get on the list.

* 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!   


Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers:

*January 13: 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.   Our next meeting will be on February 10.

* January 15:  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 Silas Marner, by George Eliot.   

* January 19:  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.   



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!