334 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
(between 1st & 2nd Aves)

Contact us at: office@tandv.org
212.677.8090 or Fax 212.677.1049

Adult Study and Learning

Dear Learners,

It is taught that “the study of Torah equals in value all the other commandments” (Peah 1:1). Maimonides teaches that one is “required to study Torah, whether poor or rich…young or old…” and that one “must set aside definite times to study by day and by night…”

Here at Town & Village we are dedicated to providing a variety of learning opportunities, at all levels of knowledge and at many times of day. We hope that you will find something here that you wish to study with us. If there is something you would like to see us offer in the future, please let us know.

Town & Village Synagogue is dedicated to making adult Jewish learning accessible to all of its members and to the community at large. If you are interested in a class we offer and the cost is a concern, we invite you to contact Nina Lehman or Rabbi Sebert privately to make arrangements that are affordable for you.  We look forward to  seeing you soon.

The coming year promises to be very exciting as we continue some programs and begin some new ones. Please check out our offerings listed below.

Sincerely,

Milton Adesnik, Sharon Keller and Nina Lehman
Co-chairs, Adult Education Committee

_________________________________________________________

Town & Village Synagogue
ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES
5776-77

2016-17

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

LED BY STEFANIE HALPERN

10 Thursdays, 10:30AM  – Noon

Fee: $200 for T&V members, $250 for non-members

September 8, 2016         The Conformist by Alberto Moravia
October 13         The Sound of Our Steps by Ronit Matalon
November 10         As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svelo
December 8         World Cup Wishes by Eshkol Nevo
January 12, 2017         The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
February 9         The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi
March 9         Family Sayings by Natalia Ginzburg
April 20         The Extra by A.B. Yehoshua
May 11         Keeping House: A Novel in Recipes by Clara Sereni
June 8         Isra-Isle by Nava Semel

Stefanie Halpern is a PhD candidate in the department of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her dissertation, Crossing Over from the Yiddish Rialto to the American Stage, explores the ways the Yiddish theater intersected with and ultimately became part and parcel of the mainstream American theatrical institution. Stefanie was the curatorial associate for the current “New York’s Yiddish Theater: from the Bowery to Broadway” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York and is currently an archivist at YIVO.

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

_________________________________________________________________________

 “PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE”: LEARNER’S MINYAN 5777

LED BY BRONWEN MULLIN, RABBINIC INTERN FROM JTS

“Prayer for the People” is a practical hands-on learning community within Town and Village’s spiritual home. This minyan will focus daven (pray)an abbreviated version of the entire service each week, adding additional lines to each of the prayers week after week. In this way the participants will do serious consistent learning and daven. Members will develop confidence in the recitation of each prayer’s ancient words and melodies. We will learn to focus our sacred concentration (kavanah) towards the timeless themes that these prayers evoke, and explore what we, as dynamic individuals, can reveal for ourselves and for others in these prayers.
“Prayer for the People” is a true hevre, a community, of spiritual seekers who learn from one another. Accordingly there will be optional “Prayer for the People” Shabbat dinners and lunches scheduled throughout the year to enjoy each other’s’ company and strengthen our bonds.

“Prayer for the People” will be held on the following dates from 10:30-11:30am.  We will then go upstairs to the sanctuary for Rabbi Sebert’s drash and the Musaf service.

Come pray and learn with us!
Shabbat mornings for 2016-17:

October 8, 22
November 5, 19
December 3, 17, 31
January 28
February 11, 25
March 11, 25
April 8, 22
May 13, 20
June 3, 17
July 1, 15, 29

Bronwen Mullin is a playwright, composer, educator and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She earned her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College (2006) in Theater and Religious Studies and was an Arts Fellow from 2008-2011 in Musical Theater Composition at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Bronwen is the co-founder of MetaPhys-Ed, a gymnasium for the multi-media exegesis of Jewish texts with performance artist/director Jesse Freedman.

_________________________________________________________________________

LEARN TO READ HEBREW

TAUGHT BY CAROL GREEN

6 Sunday mornings, 10:15-11:45AM

October 30, November 13 and 20, December 4, 11, and 18

Free for T & V members $36 for non-members

TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

___________________________________________________________

BIBLICAL CHARACTERS OUTSIDE THE BIBLE

TAUGHT BY DR. ALEX JASSEN

8 Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20

Fee: $250 for T & V members, $300 for non-members

 

This course explores the portrait of biblical characters found in the literature of Second Temple Judaism: the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the writings of Philo and Josephus. These later texts craft expanded portraits of biblical characters for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they create backstories or parallel stories in order to respond to glaring challenges or inconsistencies in the Bible. Other times, these texts provide a richer portrait of an otherwise underdeveloped biblical character.  At times, the later texts seek to make the biblical characters and their stories more entertaining and relevant for their readers. Biblical characters who will be discussed include: Adam and Eve, Enoch, Noah, Joseph and Aseneth, Miriam, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezra.

Alex P. Jassen is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Professor Jassen is a popular and in-demand public lecturer. He has taught widely throughout the United States at synagogues, churches, museums, and community centers. He is the author of Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2007) and Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His scholarship has won numerous awards including the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise and the National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Professor Jassen served as academic advisor for The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

________________________________________________________

JUDAISM TODAY: HOW WE GOT HERE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING

TAUGHT BY RABBI LARRY SEBERT

14 Monday evenings 7:00-8:30PM

November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, March 13, 20, May 8 & 15

Free for T & V members, $400 for non-members

The dawn of modernity in the 19th Century completely changed the face of Judaism. Join Rabbi Sebert to explore the development of the Conservative movement as one of several responses to the new-found freedoms of Jews in Europe and the United States. In the first segment we will look back at the history and philosophy of our Movement, as well as its approach to Jewish Law, to understand the influences, external and internal, which shaped it. In the latter part of the year we will examine together several specific examples of how Conservative Judaism grapples with and adapts to  the new challenges and issues presented by our fast changing world.

TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

_________________________________________________________________

WRITING YOUR LIFE: A WORKSHOP

Leaders: Elinor Nauen & Bob Rosenthal

7 Monday evenings. 7:00-8:45 PM

November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12 and 19

Free for T & V members; $100 for non-members

Everyone’s life is interesting and capable of teaching important lessons. Writing Your Life is a workshop designed to enhance the skills at expressing ourselves in prose. Writing has always been a means to better understand our lives. Our workshop will utilize writing exercises, literary models, and detailed analysis to sharpen our use of details and emotional shadings. No previous writing experience is required.  We will be creating new writings that celebrate who we are.

TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

________________________________________________________________

 HEBREW READING FLUENCY

TAUGHT BY CAROL GREEN

Monday evenings, 6:30-7PM

 2016 – 2017 dates:

Nov 21 and 28
Dec 12
Jan 23
Feb 6 and 13
March 13 and 20
May 8 and 15

 Free for T&V members, $36 for non-members

TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

__________________________________________________________________

THREE CONCEPTS: KEDUSHAH, TIKKUN OLAM AND CREATIVE RE-USE   OF TRADITION

TAUGHT BY RICHARD CLAMAN

3 Shabbat afternoons after Kiddush

January 28, February 11 and 25

Continuing our inquiry into theological issues, we will look at some questions concerning the development of, and potential current understandings of, the concepts of Kedushah (holiness), Tikkun Olam (improving the world), and Torah She’be’al Peh (the Oral Torah, as contrasted to the Scriptures), such as:  how might ‘holy’ relate to ‘ethical’?  why should anyone else listen if we proclaim that some particular action is necessary, from a Jewish perspective, to improve the world?  and, to what extent are we free today to make ‘creative re-use’ of such concepts, by transforming  ‘traditional’ meanings?

As in prior years, ‘background’ readings will be circulated, for those who wish to start thinking about these issues in advance of the sessions; but all materials necessary for the sessions will be provided at the sessions, in English.

Richard Claman, his wife (Beth Clark) and their two children have been members of T&V for 25 years. Richard has taught a new series Adult Ed lectures at T&V for each of the past 20 years; and portions of these talks have been published over the years as several articles in Conservative Judaism. He is an editor of Zeramim: An Online Journal of Applied Jewish Thought.

________________________________________________________________

I-TAL-YAH: ITALIAN JEWISH HISTORY FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE 20TH CENTURY

TAUGHT BY DR. FRANCESCA BREGOLI

7 Tuesday evenings, 7:00- 8:30PM

February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4

Fee: $225 for T & V members, $275 for non-members

This course focuses on the cultural and social history of the Jews in Italy from the time of the Renaissance to the modern period. Although Italian Jews have always been a tiny fraction of world Jewry, their achievements have been significant. Highly integrated and engaged in the culture of their times, Italian Jews are perceived as quintessentially acculturated and at home both in the Jewish and in the Italian world.  How does the particular case of Italian Jewry illuminate the broader Jewish experience? In our seven sessions, we will devote time to understanding Jewish life (1) at the time of the Renaissance and (2) within the Italian ghettos, (3) the influence of the Enlightenment on Jewish culture, (4) the little-known history of Italian Jews in the nineteenth century, (5) the successful story of Jewish integration in the so-called “Liberal State” (1861-1922), (6) the complex experiences of Italian Jews under Fascism, as well as (7) the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Readings will be distributed weekly as PDF email attachments.

Francesca Bregoli is Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY, where she also holds the Joseph and Oro Halegua chair in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies. She received a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Jewish Art and Material Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and her undergraduate degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Venice (Italy). Her research concentrates on eighteenth-century Italian and Sephardic Jewish history. She is the author of “Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform” (Stanford University Press, 2014; finalist for the National Jewish Book Award). Her new project looks at the creation and preservation of affective ties in transnational Jewish merchant families. She is currently co-editing two volumes: “Connecting Histories: Jews and their Others in the Early Modern Period” (forthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press) and “Bridging Europe and the Mediterranean: Italian Jewish Networks from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries” (forthcoming with Palgrave). Francesca is additionally serving as acting director of the Center for Jewish Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and is a book review editor for the AJS Review.

TO ENROLL EMAIL  ADULTED@TANDV.ORG

______________________________________________________

TOWN & VILLAGE SYNAGOGUE ADULT CHOIR

LED BY CANTOR SHAYNA POSTMAN

Rehearsals for our adult choir take place on Tuesday evenings (unless otherwise indicated below), at 7 PM in the Kleiman classroom on the second floor of the Synagogue building.

See below for the 2016-2017 rehearsal and performance dates. TO COME

If you love to sing beautiful Jewish music, please join the Town and Village Synagogue Choir!

If you are have a child in 2nd grade or older, please invite them to our Junior Singers!
In expressing Jewish identity through beautiful music, participants in our choirs help strengthen our community’s connections to each other.

Made up of volunteers, each year our choirs look forward to welcoming new members.

Singing together a great way to stay connected to the community in a way that is both fun for participants and functional to our Synagogue.  Choir members form strong bonds to one another and their participation enhances the quality of our services on the High Holidays, at our annual Cantor Louis Moss Memorial Concert, on Shabbat Shirah, and throughout the year at such events as T&V’s Musical Purim Spiel, and the Downtown Kehillah’s Holocaust commemoration.

While singing in the choir is a lot of fun, since our repertoire includes a range of music from more simple to more elaborate pieces, members of the choir take rehearsal attendance seriously. They are expected to really learn the music (with the help of the cantor and other choir members), to come prepared to work hard at rehearsals (with a little bit of time to shmooze), to arrive on time and with a smile.

Veteran choir members are invited to sing with us on Shabbat Shirah, and are asked to attend the two rehearsals prior to Shabbat Shirah. They are also welcome to sing with us during services when choir members sing informally with the cantor.

Since are always looking for new choir members with whom to share this experience, please invite any talented Sopranos, Altos, Tenors or Basses to join us. August is the best time of year to join the choir. Please note that only synagogue members (or paying guests) can sing in the High Holiday services.

For more information about the Town and Village Synagogue Adult choir or Junior Singers, please contact Cantor Shayna Postman at cantor@tandv.org or call her at 212-677-8090 ext 25.
Season 2016-17 TO COME

Dates for Rehearsals, Performances, High Holiday Service Participation, Shabbat Shirah and Yom HaShoah

 

April 26

May 3

May 4 – Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Commemoration

 


INTRODUCTION/CONVERSION TO JUDAISM

TAUGHT BY RABBI STEPHEN C. LERNER, Director of The Center for Conversion to Judaism

Monday & Wednesday evenings

Through individualized and small group programs, in 35 sessions over a one-year period,  students are introduced to the basic beliefs and values of Judaism, Jewish practices in home and synagogue, the rites of the life and year cycles, Jewish history and enough Hebrew to be able to read a prayer book with other congregants. In this personalized setting, students are encouraged to raise questions. and discuss doubts and concerns as they explore, in a warm and open atmosphere, Judaism’s possible meaning for their lives.

TO ENROLL PLEASE CONTACT RABBI LERNER DIRECTLY -212-877-8640 OR 201-837-7552 OR ravsteve@earthlink.net

 


For an archive of past classes 2011-16, click here