Adult Education

December AT A GLaNCE!

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.  December 4, 11, 18, 

* Talmud Class   Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all!  Mondays 7:00 p.m.     December 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. Classes are ongoing – join us at any time!  There may be a nominal charge for purchasing of materials that cover the entire year’s curriculum.  We are now on Unit 4: Judaism and Contemporary Society  We will introduce learners to major events of American Jewish history and themes in American Jewish culture.   We will explore various facets of the contemporary experience and illustrate the vitality of Judaism in America.   Chapter 1 is called Jews in America    Why are many Jews concerned about the future of Judaism in America?  Is intermarriage a sign of success, or a cause for distress?  What role does Hollywood play in framing American religious observance?  What is the role of the synagogue in modern Jewish life, and how has it changed over time?    Find answers to these questions in our next class on Sunday, Dec.3, beginning at 10:15.  This unit will be taught by Rabbi Merrill Shapiro.  December 3, 10, and 17.

* 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 Kraemer Library (JJC).

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Hebrew Classes:   

* Alef-Bet Hebrew  a new class began on October 22, running weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am, taught by Etta Fialkow.  Please contact Lois for reservations for the next beginners series.   December 3, 10, and 17

* Service Skills (intermediate Hebrew level)  Mondays at 11:30 am   This is an ongoing class, 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 are necessary, but we will work together on fluency and prayer vocabulary.  This class will not meet in November or December.  We will begin a new class in January.  Please contact Lois to get on the waiting list!

*Conversational Hebrew class   Join Dr. Melvyn Cohen as he begins a class in conversational Hebrew.  Hebrew reading skills are NOT a requirement!    Class will be held on Sunday mornings at 10:30-11:30, beginning October 22   December 3, 10, and 17

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Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers:

* December 11:  Center Book Club  (Monday) open to all interested adults.   Our next meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Starbucks section of Barnes and Noble on San Jose, as usual.   Our book this month is Terrorist Cop, by Mordecai Dzikansky.

* November 16:  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.  8:00-9:00 a.m.

* November 17:  YIDDISH "CLUB"   Our monthly meeting will held in the JJC Kramer Library at 12:30. This is an informal group of all ages with varying levels of ability.  Meet other local speakers to practice the language, or to just shmooze a bisl!   We’ll listen to Klezmer music, watch videos and films, read and speak in Yiddish!   Please join the fun!  

SAVE THE DATE: January 4:  7 pm    "Terrorist Cop"   Meet the Jewish Jack Bauer! Retired NYPD Detective Mordecai Dzikansky is the real deal!  We'll hear the fascinating story first hand of a NYC detective who was stationed in Israel by the NYPD as their Intelligence Liaison. His mission: Work with Israeli security services to collect intelligence, work with them on operational missions, looking for its potential impact on NYC. Detective Dzikansky will take us from the ghettos and pulse of NYC to bombing scenes in Israel and around the Middle East and then back to the USA with practical applications of lessons he learned. He will entertain the audience in a "how a Rabbi's son becomes a Jewish cop kind of way" leaving you feeling empowered with real life situations and tips for keeping our community, synagogue and schools safe.

Contact Lois Tompkins 904-292-1000 ext. 146 or [email protected] for questions on dates or more Adult Education opportunities.