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A Year of Lifelong Learning


Cantor Marina Shemesh Sipurei Musica – Stories of Music.

Sessions: December 3, December 10, December 17, January 7, 2020.

In this course, we will learn about the social, historical, and economic forces that influenced Jewish music.


Session I

Jewish Music101 – What is Jewish Music? Or What Makes Music Jewish.

Session II

The Art of Prayer – Western Art Music as Synagogue Sound.

Session III

Di Yiddishe Amerike

Session IV

New Jewish Music Movements


Rabbi Dennis Ross Jewish Spiritual Life: God in Our Relationships

Sessions: January 14, January 21, February 11, February 18, 2020.


Session I

God in Our Relationships: Spirituality Between People from the Teachings of



Martin Buber.

Session II

When A Lie Is Not A Sin: Truthfulness in the Daily Routine

Session III

Religion, Politics, and Sex: A Conversation for Polite Company.

Session IV

Three Jewish Thinkers – Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Erich





Jonathan Golden – East Meets West: Engagement and Estrangement in the New Millennium.

Sessions: March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, 2020

The four session will cover:



The US stance toward the Arab Spring movements.


Comparing inter-religious and inter-cultural dynamics in the US and Europe.


The rise, demise, and transformation of Al Qaeda and ISIS.


Israel, Palestine, and the ‘world conflict’


Strange bedfellows: the complexity of global politics and its unlikely alliances.


Janet Mandel – Post Impressionist Art

Sessions: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, 2020.

Four of the Best: Paul Cezanne, Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh.Janet will also be our Docent on an optional bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum on May 19, 2020.


Karen Gaffney: Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 1:30 to 4 pm.

Karen will discuss “Dismantling the Racism Machine.”


Cantor Florence Friedman: April 19, 2020 – 1:30 to 4 pm

The Cantor’s topic will be “Wise Speech vs. the Evil Tongue”

Tue, February 25 2020 30 Sh'vat 5780