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Adult B'nai Mitzvah | Adult Conversion 
Continuing Education| Special Events | Community Events 

 

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 Claudia at 314-576-9990 x122. If you have questions about our programs and classes,  please contact Liessa our Director of Innovative Learning, Youth and Engagement, at 314-576-9990 x116.

SUNDAY

A Thinking Person's Judaism: Makers of Modern Judaism: 10:15 am, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
*** Registration now open for 2022***
Zoom: Click here for Zoom info

We will be discussing the The ideas and philosophies of those who have influenced modern Jewish life. This class is complimentary. 

MONDAY

A note about our Hebrew classes taught by Ophira Nitzan Melnick

An interactive program for learning to speak, read, and understand modern Hebrew. Knowledge of modern Hebrew will enhance your understanding of Torah and prayers, strengthen your Jewish identity and connection to Israel, and do wonders to sharpen your brain! Courses focus on Hebrew grammar, reading comprehension, and conversational skills.

Ulpan Ivrit - Advanced Modern Hebrew  *** Registration now open for 2022***
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick

Fall Session: 15 classes starting October 3, 2022     

This course is conducted entirely in Hebrew and is appropriate for participants with strong reading and speaking ability. Students will expand their Hebrew language skills through reading, listening to, and discussing articles on a variety of topics, including current events from Israel. Course enriches vocabulary through the use of literary texts, articles, newspapers, and advanced textbook.

Tuition: $180  plus the cost of a textbook




Ulpan Ivrit - Intermediate Modern Hebrew  
*** Registration now open for 2022***
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm, Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick

Fall Session: 15 classes starting October 3, 2022     

Students with knowledge of the past and future tenses will deepen their reading comprehension and conversational skills in modern Hebrew through articles, dialogues, Israeli newspapers, and songs about a variety of everyday topics, and through advanced grammar study. Students will strengthen their use of the past, present and future tenses and be introduced to the imperative verb form. 

Tuition: $180 plus the cost of a textbook



 

Ulpan Ivrit - Beginning Modern Hebrew - Level 2 *** Registration now open for 2022***
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick

Fall Session: 15 classes starting October 3, 2022     

This course is for students who are able to read and speak Hebrew in the present tense, and can recognize or write in Hebrew cursive. Participants will learn the past tense in the 5 active verb structures, and new grammar rules. They will improve their reading and conversational skills by engaging with articles and dialogues. 

Tuition: $180 plus the cost of a textbook


Hebrew of the Siddur ***New for 2022***
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

Ongoing classes begin October 2022

Hebrew of the Siddur: Deepen your prayer experience by learning to understand the Hebrew of the Prayerbook. This course is for those who already can read simple Hebrew.

The class is complimentary, plus the cost of a book. 


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
Zoom: Click here for Zoom info

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. This class is complimentary.

Due to the High Holy Days, the following changes have been made to the class:

No classes on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18
Classes will be held on Fridays, from 12-1 pm on Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14.






Ulpan Ivrit - Beginning Modern Hebrew - Level 1 *** Registration now open for 2022***
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick

Fall Session: 15 classes starting October 25th, 2022     

This class welcomes students with basic Hebrew decoding ability. The course will begin with a brief review of the Hebrew letters and vowels, and of the Hebrew reading rules. Students will practice writing the letters in cursive. Participants will learn basic grammar and the unique verb system in the present tense. Students will read and understand short texts and dialogues, and speak in basic Hebrew. 

Tuition: $180 plus the cost of a textbook

WEDNESDAY

"Yiddish" 10:00 - 11:00 am, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose - Beginning October 23
*** Registration now open for 2022***
Zoom: Click here for Zoom info
Please note the new day of the week!
Students will learn basic Yiddish vocabulary words for basic conversation. This class is complimentary. If you need a copy of the book, please contact liessa@bnaiamoona.com



Intro to Judaism 2.0 : 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham *** NEW for 2022***
Zoom: Provided with Registration

A special new Pilot program for those who have taken Intro to Judaism or would like a higher level look into major Jewish topics such as Brachot (Blessings), Shabbat, Holidays, Kashrut, and Judaism in the Home.

Class will be held on:
October 19
November 2
November 16
November 30
December 7
December 14
December 21

This class is complimentary.



Who Wrote the Bible : 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham *** NEW for 2023***
Zoom: Provided with Registration

Join us as we take a fascinating trip into the investigation of the authorship of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)

Class will be held on:
January 4
January 11
January 18
January 25

This class is complimentary.


Sex, War, and Betrayal Part II: Perspectives in Prophetic History, A Deeper Look Into the Books of Chronicles
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham *** NEW for 2023***

Zoom: Provided with Registration

Join us as we continue the study of Sex, War, and Betrayal. The Books of Chronicles give deeper religious insight into what we just read in the Neviim Rishonim.

Class will begin on February 1, 2023. 

This class is complimentary.


Aleph Bet Hebrew, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson *** Registration now open for 2022***
Zoom:Click here for Zoom info
Participants will learn Hebrew at the beginning level starting with the building blocks of the language, the Aleph Bet. Class will be available on Zoom. This class is complimentary. 

Classes will run from November 30 through May 31.


Introduction to Judaism, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham 
*** Registration now open for 2022***

Zoom: Zoom link provided upon registration

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. Including: 
·  History and culture of the Jewish people
·  Holy days and festivals
·  Shabbat
·  Passover
·  Jewish concepts of God and ethics and more!

Cost is $36 which includes the cost of a textbook. 

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

THURSDAY

Midtown Midrash: 12:15 - 1:30 pm, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose   *** Registration now open for 2022***
Zoom: Click here for Zoom info
Please note new time.
 This class focuses on revitalizing our personal prayer life through exploration of our liturgy. This class is complimentary. 


People of the Book: Sharing Your Story, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Facilitated by Tanya Spivey
 *** NEW Class***

"Why were human beings created?" "Because God loves stories."

Have you ever wanted to share your favorite recipes, stories of your childhood, and your favorite photos with your family?  This class will allow you to become comfortable with technology while creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake book. Perfect for those wanting to learn more about what a computer can do for you!

Join us for a "lunch and learn" each week which will culminate with you creating a book for your family to keep, or give as a gift just in time for Passover. No experience necessary!

Class will be taught by B'nai Amoona's tech and web specialist staff, Tanya Spivey beginning November 3 - March 16.

$54 plus the cost to print the book.

SHABBAT

Torah for Today: 10:30 am, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
Kosher Zoom, Livestream and FB Live

Rabbi Neal leads a 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. This class is complimentary.

Also available in person

Classes by Request

Haftarah Chanting Class
Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson
 
Class will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
For more information and to register, please  contact Cantor Sharon at sharon.nathanson@bnaiamoona.com
This class is complimentary. 



Chanting Lamentations: a review of Eicha cantillation
Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson
 
Class will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
For more information and to register, please  contact Cantor Sharon at sharon.nathanson@bnaiamoona.com
This class is complimentary. 

Special Learning Opportunity 

Around the Jewish World with Tom Price

Tom Price was a career foreign service officer at the US Department of State, went on to become the highest ranking American in the OSCE headquarters in Vienna, followed by a stint as adjunct Professor in Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. He has guided several groups on foreign trips and is now launching this podcast with an opening episode on Thessalonki Greece. Join Tom as he reveals the history of Jews around the World and entertains with his well-informed insights. 

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.

Thu, September 29 2022 4 Tishrei 5783