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Learning is for Everyone

One Stop for You


Dear Friends, Welcome to Jewish LIFE AZ [Learning Is For Everyone] AZ. This is the inaugural brochure that provides adult Jewish learning opportunities in the greater Phoenix area. Our goal is to have more people engaged in educational opportunities in new places with new teachers. I urge you to use these classes as an occasion to learn more about Judaism. The simple-to-use registration information has been provided by the participating organizations–it is our intent to treat everyone similarly, therefore class pricing is not based on membership of any organization and is the same for every participant. Jewish LIFE AZ is another way of weaving our community together with the threads of Jewish life. I look forward to seeing you at several of the classes being offered. Sincerely,

Steve Rosenberg Executive Director

Tying our Community Together

Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

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Women’s Jewish Learning Center Venues TBA

JCC, unless otherwise noted.

Valley Beit Midrash at the JCC Evolving Halakhah: Traditional Jewish Law in a Postmodern Era Wednesdays | Noon | Begins November 9 Held at the JCC and is open to all. We will use Rabbi Dr. Moshe Zemer’s book Evolving Halakhah: A Progressive Approach to Traditional Jewish Law as our guide through various areas of Jewish law and consider their meaning for our lives today. Free. Open to the public.

Hadassah, VOSJCC & The Women’s Jewish Learning Center Series

An educational lecture series with Rabbi Elana Kanter, Director of the Women’s Jewish Learning Center. Co-sponsored by the JCC & Hadassah Valley of the Sun. M: $20 MM: $25 | Series: M: $50 NM: $ 65 Sunday, October 2 | 10 am Tiger Mothers and Jewish Mothers: Jewish Approaches to Raising Children Sunday, December 11 | 10 am Where do people go when they die? Talking to Your Children and Grandchildren about Death Sunday, February 5, 2012 | 10 am Female Heroes of the Bible

One Stop for You

Must register and pay with Hadassah for programs. Mail check to: Hadassah Valley of the Sun PO Box 1721, Gilbert, AZ 85299-1721 Call 480.998.1880 or for more information email chapter.hvos@hadassah.org.

September 4 | 2 - 5 pm Opening Event: Finding our Way Home: Stories of Teshuva in preparation for the High Holidays September 6 - December 15 | Mondays 11 am Is God Good? The Book of Job Sept. 12 - Dec. 12 | Tuesdays | 11 am A Short Course on Candlelighting September 6, 13, 20 | Tuesdays | 11 am Handel’s Messiah and the Hebrew Bible

Nov. 1 - Dec. 13 | 7 weeks | Tues. Noon - 1 pm This class is designed to explore the keys to living an inspired Jewish life. Topics include: Secrets of the Hebrew Letters, Shabbat: a glimpse at eternity, Prayer: If G-d knows what we need, why ask? And more! Instructor: Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs M: $25* NM: $36* Code: ACJEC3

Hubris or Humility: A Jewish Perspective on Self-Image

Nov. 22 & 29 | Dec. 6 & 13 Wednesdays | 11 am: Talk of the Talmud

This course will look at Torah-based insights on both practical and theoretical aspects of self image. Topics include: How self-confidence fits in with humility; how connecting with our soul or inner-self can improve our self-esteem; fascinating references to self-image in ancient Jewish sources.

Sept. 7 - Dec. 14 | Thursdays | 11 am American Jewish Literature November 3, 10, 17 Thursdays | 1 pm: Distance Learning – Lovers and Cynics Songs of Songs and Ecclesiastes Monday | March 5, 2012 | 7 pm Forty Years of Women in the Rabbinate: 1972 - 2012 A panel of local rabbis reflect on the changes in American Judaism since the ordination of women. Rabbis Mari Chernow, Elana Kanter & Bonnie Sharfman. Free.

The Jewish Enrichment Center at the JCC Luzatto: The Forbidden Rabbi

Sept. 6 - Oct. 4 | 5 weeks | Tues. Noon - 1 pm Rabbi M.C. Luzzato’s innovative Kabbalisitc works were banned by the rabbis of his time. In an ironic twist of history, his opponents are long forgotten while his works live on. Join us as we explore Luzzato’s legacy.

Instructor: Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs M: $25* NM: $36* Code: ACJEC4 November 10 - December 22 | 6 weeks Thursdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

How to Survive Thrive During the High Holidays

Sept. 15 - Oct. 6 | 4 weeks | Thurs. 6:30 - 7:30 pm Guilt and stress have no translations into biblical Hebrew for good reason...they should not be part of our vocabulary. Discover with us the limitless potential these special times offer us to boost our souls and upgrade our lives. Instructor: Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs M: $25* NM: $36* Code: ACJEC2 *Rates reduced thanks to an anonymous donor

Instructor: Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs M: $25* NM: $36* Code: ACJEC1

Threads of Jewish Life

Threads of Jewish Life has been developed to tie our community together by integrating Valley-wide Jewish programming, information and resources. The following programs take place at the

The Seven Concepts of Highly Educated Jews

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Arizona Jewish Historical Society Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company Main Stage Productions

Congregation Or Chadash Fall Classes

Dreyfus in Rehearsal - January 26 - Feb. 6

Shabbat Yoga at Or Chadash 1:30-2:30 pm

August 11, 7 pm | Tickets $5

Play Readings

What About LUV- Oct. 27 - Nov. 6 The Blessing of a Broken Heart March 22-April 1

free to AZJHS members

Being Jewish in Ukraine | Presented by Ella Mintsys

Mr. Conservative - the story of Barry Goldwater - Tuesday, November 1

August 16, 6 pm | Free & open to the public Book Discussion Group | The Book Thief

For Better And Worse - Jewish Arizona female pioneers - Monday, January 30

September 6, | 7 pm | Tickets $5 free to AZJHS members

John Paul Theater Phoenix College Campus 1202 W. Thomas Road

Sept. 14, 7:30 pm | Free & open to the public Healers, Hucksters, and Heroes: Medicine in the Arizona Territory | Presented by Dr. Robert Kravetz

Congregation Kehillah of Arizona

When the Jews Came to Galveston | Presented by ASU Professor Emeritus Allan Brawley

September 2, 6 pm | Free & open to the public Open Archive Day | Journey Through the AZJHS Archives Ongoing, Tuesdays – Fridays | 10 am - 4 pm Suggested donation: $2 per person Centennial exhibit in our museum gallery New Frontiers: Jewish Pioneers in the Arizona Territory All programs are held at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 East Culver St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254

August 30 | 7 pm October 27 | 7 pm November 29 | 7 pm January 24 | 7 pm

Monthly Torah Talk Mini Classes pre-Kabbalat Shabbat: Navigating the synagogue and Siddur See our website for more information kehillahofarizona.org 10810 North Tatum Blvd. Suite, 102-308 Phoenix, AZ 85028 602.369.7667 | www.kehillahofarizona.org

Tying our Community Together

Please RSVP to srock@azjhs.org or 602.241.7870. For more information, please visit us online www.azjhs.org.

Rabbi Sharfman will be leading Rosh Chodesh Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus

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Twice a month with Yoga Instructor, Sierra Ramm. Share in Shabbat, yoga and taking care of your body in a modern and effective exercise opportunity. Open to everyone 6 years and older. Free

Torah Express with Rabbi Caplan

12:30-1:30 pm | Every Shabbat following Services and Kiddush Lunch Come learn with Rabbi Caplan every week about the weekly Torah portion and its relevance for us today. Free and open to all in the community.

Rosh Hodesh Women’s Learning Program

Monday evenings | 7 pm | Once a month (on Monday closest to Rosh Hodesh) Once a month, women will explore Jewish topics, values and identity with other women along with a variety of female topics and speakers. First session, Monday night, August 29 at 7 pm. For exact dates and other topics, call the office at Congregation Or Chadash. Open to all women in the community. Free

Rappin’ With Rashi and Rabbi Caplan

Thursday Mornings | 8 - 8:30 am Please join us as we study the commentaries of Rashi, one of the greatest Rabbinic Commentators of all time. We will look at text, commentaries, and making the sources and Torah meaningful and relevant. Open to all in the community. Free.


Rabbinic Legends, Stories and Customs

Monday Nights | 7 - 8 pm Beginning October 31 | with Rabbi Caplan A look at Judaism 2000 years ago and see the differences and similarities to Judaism today. $36 Members $72 Non Members

Introduction to Judaism

Monday Nights | 8 - 9 pm Beginning October 31 | with Rabbi Caplan Learn about Jewish holidays, customs, history and culture and why we do such things connecting to our identity and people. This will include outside speakers, cooking, art, etc. $36 Members $72 Non Members

Crash Course Holiday Family Education Sunday Mornings | 10:30-11:30 am 6 times during the year Basic introduction to Jewish holidays, including history, customs, food, and fun! Please call Or Chadash Education Director, Michelle Distel for more information. Open to all adults, but geared to families with children ages 0-18. Free. $72 Non Members

Or Chadash also offers many other classes during the year including Israel Dancing, Cooking, an all night Tikkun Leil Shavuot and many other learning opportunities. For more information on these classes, please contact us at Congregation Or Chadash at 480-342-8858 or admin@congregationorchadash.org 960 E. Bahia Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480.342.8858 | congregationorchadash.org

Har Zion Congregation

Jewish Enrichment Center

Talmud Study Group

The Jewish Enrichment Center (JEC) is a new Jewish education provider for the Greater Phoenix community. Its goal is to unite fellow Jews through shared joy in exploration of Jewish tradition, its classical texts and its timeless ideas, in a friendly, upbeat, non-judgmental environment.

Monthly: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 7 pm in Rabbi Bisman’s Study Open to all. Wonderful class discussions arising from participants’ questions and comments make for a fun and stimulating evening, led by Rabbi Bisman. The source for many blessings and ritual practices we use in our daily lives is found in the Talmud in the section (Masekhet) Berachot (blessings). There are also many interesting stories and ideas interspersed among the Talmudic discussion. The text we use has both English and Hebrew/Aramaic. No prior knowledge is required. To enroll, contact the Rabbi at rabbibisman@ harzion.org or 480.991.0720.

Nosh & Knowledge Explores Topics Related to Jewish Lifestyles

Wednesdays, 11 am - 1 pm | in the Social Hall Moderated by Harold Falk, this adult education offering focuses on Jewish life. Tuition is $2 per person and includes a light nosh. The discussion is open to members and non-members.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm | in the Social Hall The Sisterhood Mah Jongg Group meets every Wednesday in the Social Hall. It’s a great chance for beginners to learn the game and for experienced players to hone their skills.

Book Lovers Group

Group meets each month to discuss fiction and non-fiction literature that focuses on the Jewish experience. 2011-12 selections include The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Bloom, As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg, The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, and Now They Call Me Infidel by Nonie Darwish. Contact Sheryl Bronkesh at sbronkesh@gmail.com if you would like to join the Book Lovers group.

Classes are offered in coffee shops, synagogues and private homes. A sampling of JEC classes for 2011-2012 Tuesdays | Noon - 1 pm | JCC *September 6, 13, 20 & 27 | October 4 M: $25 NM: $36

Luzatto: The Forbidden Rabbi

with Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs Rabbi M.C. Luzzato’s innovative Kabbalisitc works were banned by the rabbis of his time. In an ironic twist of history, his opponents are long forgotten while his works live on as fundamentals in the library of modern Jewish thought. Join us as we explore Luzzato’s legacy. JCC Thursdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm | JCC September 15 & 22 | October 6 M: $25 NM: $36

How to Survive Thrive During the High Holidays

with Rabbi Eli Putney There is no word for “Stress” in Biblical Hebrew for good reason...it should not be part of our vocabulary. Come discover with us the limitless potential these special times offer us to boost our souls.

Threads of Jewish Life

One Stop for You

6140 E. thunderbird Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480.991.0720 | harzion.org

No matter what type of synagogue or temple you may attend, the JEC provides a fresh, vibrant source of Jewish study and self-discovery in Phoenix. Through study opportunities in various formats and locations, the JEC brings a new dimension to everyday Jewish life.

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Tuesdays | Noon - 1 pm | JCC November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 | December 6 & 13 M: $25 NM: $36

High Holiday Workshop Series

The 7 Concepts of Highly Educated Jews

Selichot Workshop Saturday Night | September 24

with Rabbi Eli Putney This class is designed to explore the keys to living an inspired Jewish life. Topics include: • Secrets of the Hebrew Letters • Shabbat: a glimpse at eternity • Prayer: If G-d knows what we need, why ask? • And more! Thursdays | 6:30-7:30 pm | JCC November 10 & 17 | December 1, 8, 15 & 22 M: $25 NM: $36 *Rates reduced thanks to an anonymous donor.

Hubris or Humility? A Jewish Perspective on Self-Image

Held at Phoenix Hebrew Academy 515 E Bethany Home Rd | Times TBA

Rosh Hashana Workshop Monday | September 26 Yom Kippur Workshop Wednesday | October 5 Wednesday Nights | October 26 - December 28 515 E Bethany Home Rd 7:30 pm | Prayer: Ideas, Instructions & Inspiration with Rabbi Harris Cooperman 8:20 pm | The Weekly Torah Portion A practical and relevant way to make the weekly Torah portion part of one’s life.

with Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs This course will examine Torah-based insights on both practical and theoretical aspects of self image. Topics include: How self-confidence fits in with humility; how connecting with our soul or inner-self can improve our self-esteem; fascinating references to self-image in ancient Jewish sources.

Parenting Series

Hebrew Reading Crash Course

The Living Soul

Tuesdays, Aug. 23 & 30; Sept. 6, 13 & 20 7:30 pm | 515 E Bethany Home Rd. Every participant can be reading Hebrew in time for Rosh Hashana! Co-sponsored by National Jewish Outreach Program

Intermediate Hebrew

Focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. Times TBA

The Living Soul

Directors: Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs & Rabbi Eli Putney

Tuesday Nights Rabbi Chaim of Volzhin, student of the legendary Vilna Gaon authored a book as a Lithuanian response to the new approaches suggested by the rising Hassidic movement. He tilted it “Nefesh Hachaim.” (The Living Soul). It is often looked at as an introduciton to Kabbalah study. Ongoing series of weekly classes follows this work. Class introduces basic Kabbalistic principles and places heavy emphasis on ideas that give students a feeling of self-worth and empowerment.

Tying our Community Together

with Rabbi Eli Putney 8:20 pm | Begins August 30 Join us in our exploration of the classic work Nefesh HaChaim, a detailed outline of how the spiritual forces effect the world and man’s central role in the process.

Various Homes | Locations TBA With Rabbi Isaac Entin To be updated on new classes times and topics email us at phxjec@gmail.com with “subscribe JEC” in the subject line.

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Beginners Hebrew

Tuesday Nights This is a weekly class that caters to students with no previous background to being able to read Hebrew. Follows the curriculum of the Crash Course of Hebrew Reading of the National Jewish Outreach Program The class is given in a user-friendly manner that avoids cumbersome grammatical terms and focuses on practical skills. Whenever possible, grammatical background is provided to give students context. Students are continuously supervised and tested to ensure their progress and retention of past material.

Parenting by the Book

Wednesday Nights | 14 Sessions The objective of this weekly class is to identify, define, explore and nurture Torah based on parenting skill. Course focuses on timely parenting topics, practical techniques that can be used to instill good character and respect in children and addresses how to breed passion for Judiasm in children. Class meets for one hour.

The Weekly Parsha

Wednesday Nights This class focuses on two or three particular lessons in each week’s Torah reading. Personal growth is a theme that receives continual emphasis. For a complete list of current classes, please visit our webpage: http://bit.ly/JEC_PHX Call us for a Starbucks Torah study group in your area! 480. 420.7613 For all JCC classes, please by calling: 480.483.7121. For all other classes, RSVP by calling: 480.420.7613


Phoenix Community Kollel Upcoming events & classes starting August 2011- March 2012

Beginner’s Programs Sept. 29 & 30 |10 am High Holiday Learners Service - Rosh Hashana October 7 High Holiday Learners Service - Yom Kippur Eve October 8 |10 am High Holiday Learners Service - Yom Kippur Tuesdays | November 8 - 29 Four Part Crash Course | Jewish Business Ethics Tuesdays | January 24 - February 28 Six Orders in Six Weeks An Overview of the Oral Law in six weeks March 11 | Seder Success Seminar

Weekly Kollel Classes Talmud Workshops: All levels-for men Sundays | 9 - 11 am Mon., Tues., & Thurs. | 7:45 - 9 pm Topics in Torah: Advanced for women Mondays | 11 am Night Mishna: For men Mondays | 8:15 pm Laws of Daily Living: Intermediate for Women Tuesdays | 7:45 pm Master Halacha: All levels Wednesdays 7:15 pm Decipher the Parsha: Intermediate Wednesdays | 8:00 pm 6516 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ, 85014

Temple Chai

The New Shul

Pirke Avot

The New Shul Havruta Program

Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 pm | Begins October 27 “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” The world stands on 3 things – Torah, service of G-d and acts of love and kindness.” What is the source of these wise teachings? They all appear in Pirke Avot, a section of the Mishna dedicated to ethical guidance. Join us for a discussion of these “Ethics of the Fathers” and explore the guidance they offer us in our daily lives. Taught by Rabbi Bonnie Koppell. Free to members of Temple Chai or those affiliated with another temple. Guests: $50

Parshat HaShavua

Wednesdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | On-going The Jewish experience is framed through the lens of the weekly Torah portion. We begin in the fall with the story of Creation, read about Noah, the patriarchs and matriarchs, journey to Egypt and stand at Sinai. As we travel through the wilderness, the Mishkan is constructed and the foundation of a just and caring society is established. We conclude the year poised to enter the Promised Land. Join us for a weekly exploration of the weekly portion with our insightful clergy team. Bring your own dairy lunch. New comers and drop-ins are always welcome. Taught by Rabbi Bonnie Koppell and the Temple Chai clergy. Free

Torah Study

Sundays, during religious school | 9:30 - 10:30 am Begins September 11 This is an on-going class alternately lead by Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, Sander Nassan, Jere Friedman and Lisa Kaiser. Drop-ins for this class are always welcome. Free

The program for 5772 (2011-12) will consist of 6 units of 3 to 4 weeks each, for a total of 20 weeks. Each 3 or 4-week unit will conclude with a shiur (lecture) by Rabbi Wasserman or Rabbi Kanter wrapping up the material from the previous weeks. The shiurim will be on Shabbat afternoons, after kiddush. The topic for 5772 is The Character of Biblical Personalities, as portrayed in the Bible and rabbinic midrashim. Please call or visit our website, thenewshul.org for the complete schedule.

Weekly Text Classes

Weds. 9 -10 am | Begins Oct. 5 | The New Shul The Books of Sh’muel, led by Rabbi Kanter. The story of the rise of the first Israelite kingdom under Kings Saul and David. Rashi on the Parashah of the Week, led by Rabbi Wasserman. Wednesdays, noon to 1 pm | starting Aug. 3. At the law office of David Don, 301 E. Bethany Home Rd., ste B100. The S’fat Emet on the Parashah of the Week, led by Rabbi Wasserman. Hasidic teachings of Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger. Thursdays, noon to 1 pm | starting August 25 Location TBA. For additional classes led by Rabbi Kanter, please visit the Womens Jewish Learning Center website, womensjewishlearningcenter.org.

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4645 E. Marilyn Rd. Phoenix AZ 85032

Havruta means partnership. Participants in The New Shul Havruta program explore and discuss weekly study materials with a partner (in person, by phone, Skype, or however you wish). Materials are sent by email at the beginning of each week. For those who wish to discuss the materials with a teacher, we offer an open beit midrash Sunday mornings at 10:15 am at the beginning of each new week of study.

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The New Shul Continued

Guest Lecturers Dr. Wendy Zierler, and Rachel Stole Tues. Jan. 31 at 7 pm | The New Shul The Idols: The Emergence of Modern Jewish Women’s Writing Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash and the Women’s Jewish Learning Center. Wendy Zierler is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Edward Feinstein Tues. Feb. 7 | 7:30 pm | The New Shul Co-sponsored by the Women’s Jewish Learning Center. Edward Feinstein is Senior Rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA. Dr. Joel Gereboff, Shabbat & Sunday, Feb. 11-12 Joel Gereboff is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

Pre-Holiday Workshops Led by Rabbi Wasserman Thursday, September 15 |7:30 pm Gather Your Words: Preparing for the Days of Awe Tuesday, December 13 | 7:30 pm Spreading the Light: Preparing for Hanukah, Monday, March 26 | 7:30 pm In Every Generation...Preparing for Pesah Wednesday, May 1 | 7:30 pm Searching for Sinai: Preparing for Shavuot,

Israeli Film Series Saturday nights Dec. 17, Jan. 21 & Feb. 4 | 7:30 pm Titles to be announced.

Valley Beit Midrash Kick-Off Event Join us for an evening with Rabbi Leon Morris as we celebrate the launch of the 2nd year of Valley Beit Midrash.

Shattering the Tablets

Uncovering the Meaning of Jewish Study Wednesday, September 7 | 7 pm Temple Chai | 4645 E. Marilyn Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85032 Rabbi Leon Morris is one of the leading educators in the field of adult Jewish study. He was the Founding Director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, the premier adult Jewish learning program in the United States. Rabbi Morris was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1997 where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and is a contributor to the recently published book, Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief (Jewish Lights, 2010). Rabbi Morris now lives in Sag Harbor where he is the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel. No charge - refreshments will be served

Adult Education Courses With Rabbi Darren Kleinberg

All classes except for VBM @ the JCC be held at Temple Chai.

Year-Long Courses Pluralism – What does it Mean? Why does it Matter?

15 sessions | Begins October 26 | 7:30 - 9 pm Pluralism is a term that has been employed throughout the Jewish world and beyond for over half a century with little consensus as to its meaning. Notions of Jewish Peoplehood and Jewish Unity are often intertwined with the language of pluralism. But is pluralism

All classes and programs are free of charge.

Tying our Community Together

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possible? Is it desirable? Or, is it dangerous? In this course we will attempt to answer these questions by exploring the roots of pluralism and its meaning for us today. Appropriate for all learners. Cost: $180

Evolving Halakhah: Traditional Jewish Law in a Postmodern Era Wednesdays | Begins November 9 | Noon In this weekly course we will use Rabbi Dr. Moshe Zemer’s book Evolving Halakhah: A Progressive Approach to Traditional Jewish Law as our guide through various areas of Jewish law and consider their meaning for our lives today. No charge

Mini-Courses On One Foot

5 sessions | 5:45 - 7:15 pm Join us for the second installment of our annual crash-course on Judaism. Like the convert who asked to be taught the entire Torah while standing “on one foot,” we will cover a large amount of material in a short amount of time. These information-packed, 90-minute presentations will cover the highlights and the little-known nuggets on a wide range of topics. Date

Course

October 26 The Talmud November 9 Maimonides November 23 Hasidism December 7 Jewish Law December 21 Chosenness Cost: $60 Appropriate for all learners.

G-d After the Shoah: Five Theological Responses

5 sessions | 5:45 - 7:15 pm In this course we will consider different theological responses to the horrors of the Shoah. From ultra-Orthodox rabbis writing at the time of the


Shoah to scholars writing decades after the event, we will consider a wide range of responses to the fundamental questions posed by the Holocaust. Date January 4 January 18 February 1 February 15 February 29 Cost: $60

Course Theological Conformists: Ultra-Orthodox reactions Omnipotentia, Jon Levenson The Voluntary Covenant Irving “Yitz” Greenberg The Death of G-d Richard L. Rubenstein The Abusive G-d David Blumenthal

5 sessions | 5:45 - 7:15 pm In this course we will consider five core aspects of Judaism from the perspective of the central documents that define the movements that represent a large segment of the affiliated Jewish community in America today. By looking at the platforms and doctrines of Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Renewal, Secular Humanistic, and unaffiliated Jews, we will gain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences that unite and divide us. Course G-d Revelation Jewish Law Israel The Messiah

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March 14 March 28 April 18 May 2 May 16 Cost: $60

Are We One Jewish People?

Wednesday, November 16 | 7 pm Congregation Beth Israel 10460 North 56th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Chair: Rabbi Steven Kahn Panel: Rabbi Pinchas Allouche; Rabbi Yosef Garcia; Rabbi Darren Kleinberg; Rabbi Bonnie Koppell

Do We Need the Movements Anymore?

The Movements: How They Differ on Big Issues

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Join us for our annual panel discussion series bringing together rabbis from across the Valley of the Sun to discuss critical issues confronting the Jewish community in the twenty-first century.

Wednesday, November 30 | 7 pm Temple Solel

6805 East McDonald Drive Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Chair: Rabbi John Linder Panel: Rabbi Mark Bisman; Rabbi Mari Chernow; Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs; Rabbi Michael Wasserman

Is there a Future for Synagogues in the 21st Century? Wednesday, December 14 | 7 pm Congregation Or Chadash

9096 East Bahia Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Chair: Rabbi Micah Caplan Panel: Rabbi Rony Keller; Rabbi Darren Kleinberg; Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky; Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman Register for courses or panel discussions at www.valleybeitmidrash.org, or contact Joan Neer at 602.971.1234 or jneer@templechai.com

Scholars in Residence Rabbi Dr. Irving “Yitz” Greenberg The New Era: Humanity Comes of Age

Wednesday, November 2 | 7 pm Temple Chai 4645 E. Marilyn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Rabbi Dr. Irving “Yitz” Greenberg is the most influential American Jewish thinker of the past half century. As counsel to the leaders of American Jewry for decades, Rabbi Greenberg has helped set the agenda of the American Jewish community. In 1974, Rabbi Greenberg founded CLAL – The National Center for Leadership and Learning, a pioneering pluralistic program that has trained and educated a generation of lay-leaders and rabbis. In 1979, Rabbi Greenberg was appointed the Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust which led to the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., of which he was the chairman from 2000-2002. From 1997-2007, Rabbi Greenberg served as the President of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation. Under Rabbi Greenberg’s leadership, the foundation developed Birthright Israel, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), Makor, and the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI). Rabbi Greenberg is the author of The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays, and numerous other books and articles, and is currently completing work on a new book to be published in 2012. Free 4645 E. Marilyn Road Phoenix, AZ 85032

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Valley Beit Midrash Don’t Forget to Join Us Continued

Professor Wendy Zierler Reel Theology: A Serious Man

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Jewish Community Fair

January 30 | Temple Chai

And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women’s Literature

January 31 | The New Shul Wendy Zierler is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature at HUC-JIR in New York. Prior to joining HUC-JIR she was a Research Fellow in the English Department of the University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. and her MA from Princeton University, and her BA from Yeshiva University, Stern College and is currently working towards an MFA in Fiction Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, and grants from the Lucius Littauer Foundation as well as from the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She is the author of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Hebrew Women’s Writing.

Open House

Sunday, August 14

Our Jewish Community Fair is a great way to get acquainted with area synagogues, Jewish schools and organizations.

FREE! Everyone Welcome! Group Fitness Classes 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Active Adult Brunch 10:30 - 11:30 am Must RSVP - 480.483.7121, ext. 1230.

Co-sponsored by The New Shul and The Women’s Jewish Learning Center.

Sponsored by:

Free

Rabbi Uri Topolosky Out of the Hurricane: Reform and Orthodox Collaboration in a Post-Katrina New Orleans | March 21

Family Fun Noon - 3 pm

What Katrina Taught Me about The End of Days | March 22

Great membership & program discounts —

ONE DAY ONLY!

Uri Topolosky is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, an orthodox synagogue in New Orleans. He joined the congregation in July of 2007 to help them rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Uri served previously as the Associate Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York. Rabbi Topolosky was ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in 2005. Location TBA. Free

Tying our Community Together

Visit vosjcc.org/openhouse for complete details.

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