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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 
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. This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Blessings for the Bayit (home)
1:00 - 2:00 pm; July 12 through August
Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson

This class will empower new and renewing Jews to bring Jewish home ritual into their lives in a meaningful way.  We will learn basic blessings and, through looking at related Rabbinic texts and exploring the psychology behind the ritual, will deepen our personal connection to beautiful traditions we can practice in our own home.
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Available via Zoom Only Click here for Zoom info

The Cracks in the Wall Let the Light In: The Battle for Equal Rights at the Western Wall
10:30 am, August 16
Women of the Wall, an Israeli based organization, has a central mission to attain social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah, collectively and aloud, at the Western Wall.
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Monday

Congregation Wide Big Read
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, August - Sept.
Facilitated by our Klei Kodesh and Educational Staff

In preparation for the 5781 High Holy Days, our congregation will be reading and discussing Rabbi Lawrence Kushner's book, "God was in this Place & I, i did not know." The book is available for $13 and can be picked up at B'nai Amoona. 

Please email Amy at amy@bnaiamoona.com to purchase the book.   This class is complimentary. 
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Fresh Eyes on Ancient Teachings: Jewish Spiritual Insights for Contemporary Seekers 
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Beginning Sept. 21 for the fall semester
Facilitated by Rabbi Carnie Rose

This class will explore Jewish Texts and Tales To help navigate Contemporary times.

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Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Tuesday

Israel and the Jewish People: Schmooze in the News about Current Events in Israel
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Beginning July 7
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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Coming Together, Coming Apart
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm -  4 Sessions - August
Candid conversations with Rabbi Jim Bennett, Rabbi Daniel Bogard, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, and Rabbi Carnie Rose about Israel, Jewish values, and the future of Judaism.

This program is hosted by the JFAN; using the Hartman Institute curriculum. This series will provide an opportunity for real conversation around challenging issues facing our community. 

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Makhlochet Matters "Matters of Conflict"
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm , 5 sessions - August
Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Each unit examines a central question which is first analyzed through a biblical conflict story. After carefully analyzing the biblical story and its ambiguities, various interpretations are then introduced through the study of classic commentaries on the story. Each unit then examines contradictory historical precedents that can be used to support or refute opposing responses to the central question of the unit. The units each conclude with an activity involving reading contradictory news from a recent event.

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

Comparative Religions: An Exploration of Faiths
10:00-11:30 am, through August

Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose; Join us as we explore, in conversation and discussion, different faiths, beliefs and traditions. We will invite guest teachers, speakers, spiritual leaders and special guests to join us.

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Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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Sex, War, and Betrayal
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -  Beginning July 8
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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Thursday

Camp Yiddish
10:00-11:00 am; through August
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. 

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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.

Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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In the Kitchen with Chef Jon
 7:00 pm, August 20
Facilitated by Chef Jon
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live
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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.

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