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Congregation B'nai Amoona's "Lehrhaus" - Adult Education Institute

Learning is a lifelong pursuit.  The B'nai Amoona team strives to provide multiple avenues to the joy of learning Judaism at every level.  Whether you are new to Judaism or deeply involved in text study, we have regular classes and unique opportunities available.

Adult Education classes are generously sponsored by the Diane & Paul Gallant Adult Education Fund and the Stanley & Rochelle Ferdman Innovative Adult Education Fund. Todah Rabbah!

To discuss other payments options please contact Vickie Shuchart, our Director of Operations, at 314-576-9990 x122.

ONGOING AND UPCOMING CLASSES

Sunday

A Thinking Person's Judaism
10:15 am, class is ongoing
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

This weekly text study and interactive discussion focuses on timely, contemporary issues facing Jews and Judaism in the Post-Modern Era.

Click here to register for Fall 2020 This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Monday

Advanced Modern Hebrew - Fall 2020
Mondays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, begins October 12
Facilitated by Ophira Melnick

Participants will deepen their Hebrew language skills through reading and discussing articles on a variety of topics and by listening to, reading and discussing news from Israel. Class will be available on Zoom. 

Click here to registerThis class is $144 for the semester.
 

JNF Virtual Mission to Israel
Nov. 9-12 (Mon-Thu) from 4:00-6:00 pm

Take a Virtual Tour of Israel with JNF. Each night for a week, we will explore a new area through a virtual tour and then discuss various topics about Israel.

Cost is $50, Link to follow
For more information, please reach out to  Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham at rabbi.abraham@bnaiamoona.com
 

Fresh Eyes on Ancient Teachings:
Jewish Spiritual Insights for Contemporary Seekers

Begins September 21 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (with breaks on Holy-Days) 
Facilitated by Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose
This text based class will explore Rabbinic, Mystical and Kabbalistic Texts, Tales and Insights to help navigate our thorny contemporary times. 

Click here to register.   This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live and 
Click here for Zoom info  
For more information, contact Amy@bnaiamoona.com, 314-576-9990

Beginning Modern Hebrew - Fall 2020
Mondays 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm begins October 12
Facilitated by Ophira Melnick

A Hebrew language program that teaches grammar, reading comprehension and conversation skills at the beginning level. This class welcomes anyone with basic Hebrew decoding ability, who is interested in learning to speak, read and understand modern Hebrew. Class will be available on Zoom.
Click here to registerThis class is $144 for the semester.

AIPAC Elevating Elul with Rabbi Jeremy Pappas
7:00 - 8:00 pm, September 14
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeremy Pappas
via Zoom Only

Click here for Zoom info  

Intermediate Modern Hebrew - Fall 2020
Mondays 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm,  begins Sept. 14
Facilitated by Ophira Melnick

Participants improve their reading comprehension and conversational skills in modern Hebrew, through articles and dialogues in a variety of everyday life topics and through further study of grammar. Class will be available on Zoom.

Click here to register. This class is $144 for the semester.

Tuesday

Israel and the Jewish People: Schmooze in the News about Current Events in Israel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Are you constantly opening your online news sources or newspapers to read about Israel or other issues related to the Jewish people? Is what you’re reading accurate? What about what you hear on the news? Is it positive or negative? Between the newly formed government, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinians, we will have endless amounts of current events to speak about and delve into! Join Rabbi Abraham to discuss, evaluate, and learn more about the global landscape regarding both Israel and the Jewish people in the media based off of the current events for that particular week. There will always be something to discuss in this class.

Click here to register. This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom Only
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Advanced Hebrew Reading - Fall 2020
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm, begins Sept. 15
Facilitated by Chani Pinsberg

Using our Prayer Books as a guide into the Hebrew language, participants will learn to read and understand our Holy texts. Class begins September 15, 2020 and will be available on Zoom.
Click here to register. This class is $36 for the semester.

Ten Paths to God: Thinking Deeper into Judaism 
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm , Beginning October 13th through January 12th (No class on November 3, 24, December 22 and 29)
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

A Course taught based off of the curriculum from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Join Rabbi Abraham for a special 10 session course as we will discuss Rabbi Sacks' Ten Paths to God curriculum. As we are immersed in the Covid-19 pandemic, we will look into how we express our beliefs in God in our daily lives. This is a thought provoking course on the reflection of key Jewish values.

Click here to register.   This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom only
Click here for Zoom info

 

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Wednesday

Everything I should have learned in Religious School, but didn't.
10:00-11:30 am, beginning October 14th
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Join Rabbi Abraham as we will explore topics about Judaism and the Jewish people which are often left out of a simple Religious School curriculum or forgotten about even after years of learning. After the first few weeks, topics will be chosen by those in the class based on what the class is interested in learning.

Click here to register.  
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Preparing Your Heart and Soul for the Holidays 
10:00-11:00 am September 9 - Oct. 7
Facilitated by the B'nai Amoona Klei Kodesh via Zoom and FB Live

  • 9/16--A Rosh Hashanah Seder with entire Klei Kodesh Team
  • Click here for the PDF
  • 9/23--Cantor Sharon teaches about preparing for Yom Kippur
  • 9/30--Rabbi Abraham teaches about preparing for Sukkot
  • 10/7--Rabbi Carnie Rose teaches about preparing for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah


Click here to register.  
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Hebrew for Tefillot and Blessings - Wed - Fall 2020
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm, begins October 14
Facilitated by Ophira Melnick

Enhance your Jewish living! Join this class to explore the meaning of prayers and blessings - in the Synagogue and at home - and learn to recite and read them with fluency, understanding, confidence, and joy. Curriculum follows the Jewish calendar and includes learning of prayers and blessings for Shabbat, holidays, and every day. Class begins September 16, 2020 and will be available on Zoom.

Click here to register. This class is $144 for the semester.

Sex, War, and Betrayal
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Ever wonder what really happens in our Hebrew Bible after the Torah ends and Moses passes away?  Come learn with Rabbi Abraham about the tales which occur after the Torah.  Three major themes arise during this part of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible): Sex, War, and Betrayal.  Rabbi Abraham will be delving into all three based on the text and commentaries.  We will begin with the Book of Joshua.  Please bring a Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) (online or in print) to participate in this class.

Click here to register. This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom only
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Aleph Bet Hebrew - Fall 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, begins October 14
Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson

Participants will learn Hebrew at the beginning level starting with the building blocks of the language, the Aleph Bet. Class begins September 16, 2020 and will be available on Zoom.

Click here to register. This class is complimentary. 

Introduction To Judaism - Fall 20
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, begins Oct. 14 - May 26
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Whether you are new to Judaism or just want to get back to basics, this is a great opportunity to learn with Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham. Come learn or relearn about the basic tenets of being Jewish and our Jewish people.  Classes will cover Judaism’s biggest and most inspiring ideas as well as the nuts-and-bolts of daily Jewish living (fuller list below). In addition, Join Hazzan Sharon Nathanson for our Aleph Bet Hebrew class as she will either teach you to read Hebrew or help you brush up on your Hebrew skills.  

This class is taught in partnership with the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University.

Click here to register. This class is $36 which includes the cost of the book. If you are taking this class as part of your conversion process, there is an additional fee.  Please speak to one of our Klei Kodesh.

Thursday

Ulpan Yiddish!
10:00-11:00 am; Beginning September 10
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
Students will learn basic Yiddish vocabulary words for basic conversation.

Click here to register. This class is $18 and includes the cost of the book.
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Midtown Midrash
 12:00 - 1:30 pm; Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
 This class focuses on revitalizing our personal prayer life through exploration of our liturgy. 

Click here to register. This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom Only Click here for Zoom info

Torah for Today
 7:00 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
Our Rabbis lead discussion on the weekly Torah reading of our most sacred and ancient text. We seek to apply the relevant lessons of Torah to our lives today.

Click here to register. This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
Click here for Zoom info

Adult B'nai Mitzvah 

Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13 is a special and transformative experience. Some of us never had the opportunity. Some of us want to relearn and experience again what we forgot.  Still others want to be a positive Jewish role model for their children and grand-children. B'nai Amoona offers the opportunity to participate and celebrate the experience of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age.

We will work together to develop the skills of Hebrew Reading, Haftarah and Torah cantillation, in-depth study of the Torah, and other avenues of learning that are geared for the needs of an adult.

Please contact Rabbi Carnie Rose to explore your Jewish journey as an Adult Bar or Bat Mtizvah.

* Lehrhaus means House of Learning. Originally, it was the name of a Jewish studies school founded by Franz Rosenzweig in Germany in 1920. It sparked a Jewish intellectual revival, attracting intellectuals such as Martin Buber, S.Y. Agnon, A.J. Heschel, Gershom Scholem, and Erich Fromm.

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781