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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.

Available via Zoom (only) Click here for Zoom info
This class is complimentary. 





***NEW***
Music to fill our soul

1:00 pm, beginning April 11, 2021 - May 2, 2021.
Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson

More information to follow. 

Classes will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
For more information, contact liessa@bnaiamoona.com
This class is complimentary. 

 

MONDAY


Advanced Modern Hebrew - Spring 2021 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, begins February 15, 2021
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. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
This class is $144 for the semester.

 

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

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Ongoing
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. 

More information to follow. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
For more information, contact Amy@bnaiamoona.com, 314-576-9990
This class is complimentary.




Ulpan Ivrit - Advanced Beginner Modern Hebrew -Spring 2021 
5:00 - 6:00 pm, begins February 15, 2021
Facilitated By Ophira Nitzan Melnick

This course is for students who can read and speak Hebrew in the present tense and can write in Hebrew cursive. In this course participants will learn the past tense and additional grammar rules. They will improve their reading and conversational skills. 

Class will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
This class is $144 for the semester.

Beginning Modern Hebrew Spring 2021 
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm, begins February 15, 2021
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. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
This class is $144 for the semester.



 

Intermediate Modern Hebrew Spring 2021 
 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm, begins February 15, 2021
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. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
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.

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




Advanced Hebrew Reading - Spring 2021
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.
This class is $36 for the semester.




***NEW***
Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood
7:30 pm, beginning April 13, 2021 - June 29, 2021.
Facilitated by Rabbi Abraham

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham will be teaching this course from the Hartman Institute which will focus on Jewish Peoplehood through video lectures, interviews, and textual sources. This course addresses the complex features of Jewish peoplehood and the contemporary challenges to the Jewish people in an era in which we have moved from having no home to having two different, vibrant, homes in Israel and in North America.

More information to follow. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
For more information, please contact Rabbi Abraham at at rabbi.abraham@bnaiamoona.com
This class is complimentary. 




 

***NEW***
American Sign Language ASL: Beginner’s Course: Intro Course:
Co-sponsored by Sisterhood -  Spring 2021

7:00- 8:00 pm (8 sessions) beginning February 9

Ever been curious about learning Sign Language? Our Camp Kids this summer had the opportunity to learn with Michelle and it was for many of them one of the highlights of summer! Come join Michelle on Zoom on Thursday nights and learn some basic ASL!

Available via Zoom Only Click here for Zoom info
$50 for members of sisterhood, $60 for non- members

 

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.

Available via Zoom (only) Click here for Zoom info
This class is complimentary. 




***NEW***
Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism (A Hartman Course) 

7:00 pm, beginning April 7, 2021 - June 16, 2021.
Facilitated by Rabbi Carnie Rose

More information to follow. 
Classes will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
For more information, contact Amy@bnaiamoona.com, 314-576-9990
This class is complimentary. 




Hebrew for Tefillot and Blessings - Spring 2021
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm, begins February 15, 2021
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.

Classes will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
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.

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





Aleph Bet Hebrew - 5781
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 will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
This class is complimentary. 





Introduction To Judaism - 5781
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.

Class will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 

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; Ongoing Class
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

Students will learn basic Yiddish vocabulary words for basic conversation.

Class will be available on Zoom. Click here for Zoom info
This class is complimentary. If you need a copy of the book, please contact liessa@bnaiamoona.com


 

***NEW***
Haftarah Chanting Class
11:00 am, beginning March 4
Facilitated by Cantor Sharon Nathanson
 
Class will be available on Zoom. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
For more information, contact liessa@bnaiamoona.com
This class is complimentary. 


Midtown Midrash
 12:00 - 1:30 pm; Ongoing Class
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

 This class focuses on revitalizing our personal prayer life through exploration of our liturgy. 

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




American Sign Language ASL: Beginner’s Course:
Co-sponsored by Sisterhood - Part 2-  Spring 2021

7:00- 8:00 pm (8 sessions) beginning February 4

Ever been curious about learning Sign Language? Our Camp Kids this summer had the opportunity to learn with Michelle and it was for many of them one of the highlights of summer! Come join Michelle on Zoom on Thursday nights and learn some basic ASL!

Available via Zoom Only Click here for Zoom info
$50 for members of sisterhood, $60 for non- members




***NEW***
Biblical Hebrew

7:00 pm, beginning February 11
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

Available via Zoom Only. Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 
For more information, contact liessa@bnaiamoona.com
This class is complimentary. 


 

SHABBAT

Torah for Today
 11:00 am, Ongoing Class
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 LiveClick here for Zoom info
This class is complimentary. 




Pirkei Avot
Shabbat Evening, Ongoing Class
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

More information to follow. 
Available via Zoom, Livestream and FB Live Click here for Zoom info
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.

Mon, March 8 2021 24 Adar 5781