Adult Education

september AT A GLaNCE!

Reminder: We will not have Adult Ed classes on Sunday, September 2, or Monday, September 3, because of Labor Day Weekend.

Also, no classes on Sunday, September 9, or Monday, September 10, in observance of Rosh Hashanah!


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.  Sept.  17

* Talmud Class   Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all!  Mondays 7:00 p.m.   Class resumes on October 8.

* Foundations of Judaism class  NOTE:  No classes on Sept. 23 or 30!  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 about to begin Unit 2 People of the Book(s)   We will introduce the writings of Judaism, illustrating how Jews are people of the books.  We will engage students with the primary texts of Judaism, and accustom them to the idea of multiple Judaisms and normative Jewish practice.  Lesson 1 is "Tanakh":    What does the acromym TaNaKh stand for?  What is its role in Judaism?  Do Jews accept the Torah as the literal word of God?  Our next class will be on October 7, and will be taught by Rabbi  Mark Wieder.

 * 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:   New classes for the fall are forming NOW!  Please contact Lois ASAP if you would like to get on the list.  

* Alef-Bet Hebrew  For beginners!  Learn (or re-learn) Hebrew letters and vowels, and some very basic vocabulary and grammar.   Also available:  If you are unable to travel in person to the class, we can include you remotely via computer by request.   (please check back for the Fall Semester class beginning after the High Holidays)

* 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!

*Conversational Hebrew Club   This group - just forming NOW -  is for advanced Hebrew speakers.  Members will discuss videos, readings, etc. as they continue to use their Hebrew conversational skills.  Contact Lois for more information.   ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers:

* September 23: 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.   

* NOTE: no Coffee & Torah this month.   We will resume on October 20  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.  

* NOTE: no meeting in September:  Center Book Club  open to all interested adults.   We meet in the Starbucks section of the Barnes & Noble Book Store on San Jose.  NOTE: we will not have a meeting in September because of the High Holiday schedule.  We will resume on October 9; the book will be Snow, by Orhan Parnuk.




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