Never Too “Young” to Learn
By Vivian Henoch, Editor myJewishDetroit
October 1, 2018
Time to brush up on your Hebrew?
Got questions for rabbis you’ve never asked?
Read any good Jewish folktales lately?
Still wondering how to continue your Jewish education?
For the ever-curious adult students of Jewish Detroit, the Adult Education Department of the Jewish Community Center, FedEd, presents the Fall line-up of new classes. Still time and plenty of spots left to sign up for classes on a wide variety of topics: Jewish Art, the Holocaust, Jewish antiquity, contemporary issues, Israel, the Palestinian conflict… and so much more.
The 2018-19 school year begins with a choice of 34 new FedEd classes, 6 Melton sections and 9 Hebrew class levels. And for those who know: classes are all taught by a staff of 25 extremely talented rabbis and educators from within the community.
Always something of interest and more than you’d imagine: here’s a sampling
Not Your Parent’s Sunday School is a class we have created for parents of school age children, to assist them in making Judaism more relevant in their everyday lives and homes. Using contemporary topics, Rabbi Michele Faudem and Rebecca Starr connect our past to the present with lively discussions and explorations. We believe that nothing teaches children more than parents who are willing to learn. Mondays, 9:30 – 11:45 AM, Max M. Fisher Federation Building.
The Holocaust and Film is our first class co-sponsored with the Holocaust Memorial Center, as well as being held there. Taught by Professor Martin Shichtman, it is being offered in conjunction with the Exhibit: Filming the Camps. Through film documentaries and Hollywood movies, we look at the portrayal of the Holocaust through film. How do we justly give creative license through film to adequately represent the horror of the Holocaust? Each of the four films we will discuss will be shown at The Holocaust Center immediately prior to class. Mondays, 7 – 8:15 PM with films shown prior at 5:15 PM.
The Perfect Blend; Coffee With The Rabbis gives our community the unique opportunity to discuss relevant and meaningful topics with two of our most respected Rabbis: Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and Rabbi Joshua Bennett. Each month, you are invited to ask questions, discuss and learn about such issues as moral and ethical laws in our tradition, is there life after death and creation vs. evolution, to name just a few. We’ll supply the coffee in this round table discussion format. Thursdays, Monthly, 10 – 11:30 AM at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building.
The Leviathan! The Ziz! The Tannin! Monsters, Creatures, and Fantastic Beasts in Jewish Folklore invites you to share another unique topic with Dr. Justin Sledge. Join him to explore the wonderful as well as terrible creatures that abound in Jewish folklore. The awful Nephilim, a temple making magical worm, sea monsters rivaling G-d, the fearsome golem and the horror of the dybbuk will all be examined in the fascinating class. Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM.
In Search of the Messiah with Professor Howard Lupovitch will explore the notion of the Messiah and how it has evolved in the last two millennia. Why have Jews never accepted anyone as a true Messiah? How was the Messiah popularized during the time of Shabbetai Zvi? Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building.