Adult Education

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SAVE THE DATES:   - Join us for our Israeli Film series,  running monthly through the summer.  Please see below for more details.

- We welcome retired UF history professor Barbara Oberlander, who will speak to us about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on May 19 at 1:00 pm.  The presentation focuses on why Ginsburg has become such a pop icon, her early legal career, particularly the pioneer work in the field of gender discrimination,  and her outspoken routspoken role on the Supreme Court as the "notorious RBG".

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.  May  6,  13

* Talmud Class    Taught by Rabbi Lubliner   Join us for a journey through Jewish time as we study the creation and development of the Hebrew calendar, the liturgy and rituals of the Jewish New Year, and fascinating midrash of Tractate Rosh Hashanah.  We are just beginning this new tractate, so this is a good time to start!  No prior knowledge or experience with Talmud study necessary.   Mondays 7:15 p.m.   May 6   

* 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.  We have finished classes for this year, and will resume the rotation of subjects on August 25.  Please contact Lois to get on the list for the new classes.

 * 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).    May 4, 11, 18, and 25.


Hebrew Classes:   

* NEW!!!  Alef-Bet Hebrew  For beginners  Learn (or re-learn) Hebrew letters and vowels, and some very basic vocabulary and grammar.  Our spring sememster class has concluded.  Please contact Lois to get on the list for the summer class, which will begin on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:45 - 6:45, and running on Wednesday evenings through the summer months.   

* 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! 

NOTE:  For some classes, we can arrange remote access (live, webinar-style through "Zoom").    Please ask if it is available for a class that is of interest to you!  


Monthly Clubs/Classes/Speakers:

*May 12: 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)   12:00-1:45.    

* May 14:  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 The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker.   Our next meeting will be on June 18, and the book will be Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

* May 18:  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.   

- May 19:  Retired Professor Barbara Oberlander speaks about Ruth Bader Ginsburg (see top of page for details)   1:00 pm

 SAVE THE DATE for a series of Israeli films: 

- June 23:     The Syrian Bride    In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.   1-3 pm

- July 28:   The Big Dig or The Wedding Contract (TBD)  Both films are comedies, written and directed by Ephriam Kishon, one of Israel's first humorists.   1-3 pm


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!