Adult Education

April 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.  April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

* Talmud Class   Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all!  Mondays 7:15 p.m.     April 9, 23 (NOTE: April 23 class will begin at 7:30 to allow for shiva minyan)

* 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 finishing up with Unit 7: Medieval and Modern Jewish History   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.  Lesson 3 (April 29) is Zionism and the Modern State of Israel   What is Zionism?  What were some of the major events in the history of the Modern State of Israel?  Is Zionism racism?  What is our relationship to Israel as American Jews?  Is this relationship the same for a Jew by Choice?   Find answers to these questions in our next class on Sunday, April 29, beginning at 10:15. This week’s class will be taught by Hazzan Jesse Holzer.   April 8, 15, 22, 29   NOTE: This is our final class.  Classes will begin again with Unit 1 on August 12, 2018.  Please contact Lois to reserve your spot!

* 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).   April 7, 14, 21, 28


Hebrew Classes:   

* Alef-Bet Hebrew  Current class is closed.  Please contact Lois for reservations for the next beginners series.   April 8, 15, 22, 29

* Service Skills (intermediate Hebrew level)  (time tba)   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 are necessary, but we will work together on fluency and prayer vocabulary.    Please contact Lois!

*Conversational Hebrew class   This class has ended.  Please contact Lois if you are interested in a new class.      ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers:

* April 17:  Center Book Club  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 Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.   (NOTE: the next meeting will be  May 5, and the book is Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.  Location and time to be announced - this meeting may be held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in conjunction with RE:MIND).

* April 21:  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.

* April 22  MOVIE: Gentleman's Agreement This award-winning movie will be shown at 2 pm at the Center.  An introduction before as well as a discussion following the movie will be led by Rachel Gordan, assistant professor at UFL.  Please see the complete description in the drop-down menu on the left side of this page.

* May 6:  YIDDISH "CLUB"    Our monthly meeting will be 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!    Open to all.   ***We are considering meeting on another day/time to work more intensively on Yiddish Conversation.  Please contact Lois if you are interested in this new group!  Please note that this will not interfere with our regular, monthly Yiddish Club meetings. *** 

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