Adult Education

november AT A GLaNCE!

Join us for the Marilyn & Louis Safer Shabbaton on Dec. 7-9, 2018.  

We welcome Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, who  will be speaking on a wide range of topics including Torah and Bioethics!  Details may be found by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this page.  All speaking events are free of charge and open to the public, but we must receive reservations for meals so that we are certain to have enough for everybody!  Friday night dinner must be pre-paid in advance, and Sunday morning brunch is reserved for special donors only.  Thanks for your help!

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.  Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

* Talmud Class   Rabbi Lubliner explores communal responses to crisis in tractate Ta’anit. Open to all!  Mondays 7:00 p.m.   Nov. 5, 19. 26

* 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 on Unit 3: Rhythms of Jewish Living.  We will explore the national, theological and practical dimensions of Jewish Time through the calendar and daily life.  We will strive to understand the unique aspects of how Judaism looks at time.  Our next meeting will be Lesson 3: "Introduction to Jewish Prayer"   Why do we pray?  How does prayer work?  Why do we prefer to pray in Hebrew?  What is a blessing?  What are the differences between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform worship?  Our next class will be on November 18, and will be taught by Rabbi Mark Wieder.   Nov. 4, 11, 18

 * 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.   Also available:  If you are unable to travel in person to the class, we can include you remotely via computer by request.   This class is now closed; please contact Lois to get on the list for our new class beginning in January.  Nov. 5, 12, 19. 26

* 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:

* November 17:  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.  

* November 18: 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.    

* PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: November 20:  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 Snow, by Orhan Parnuk.   The December 11 book will be The Lost City of Z, by David Grann.  


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