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“A home is built by wisdom, And is established by understanding; By knowledge are its rooms filled With all precious and beautiful things.� - Proverbs 24: 3-4

Dear Friends, This year Stephen S. Wise Temple celebrates 50 extraordinary years in the Jewish community and our Center for Jewish Life celebrates ten years of distinguished Jewish learning. Over this decade, our Center has become home to some of the most prominent and provocative thinkers from across the religious, political and intellectual arenas. Among those who have been with us are Ambassador John Bolton, David Brooks, Alan Dershowitz, Rabbi Daniel Gordis, David Grossman, Pastor John Hagee, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Laurie Levenson, Deborah Lipstadt, Dennis Prager, Ambassador Ron Prosor, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Elie Wiesel, Leon Wieseltier, Dr. Ruth Wisse, Mark Yudof, Avivah Zornberg, and many others. We have become a platform to discuss, and frequently bring to light, the critical contemporary issues facing the Jewish people in the United States and around the world. And we have been challenged to become deeper, more committed, and more passionate Jews in our lectures and our classes. The Center has offered well over 100 classes. We began with mini courses at Stephen S. Wise Temple. We then added our Neighborhood Learning series which meets in the homes of welcoming congregants. Three years ago we launched our Melton School and, recently, we added a graduate curriculum of courses. We are proud that our Melton School is one of the largest of any synagogue in America. This year, classes filled to capacity some five months in advance. All of these offerings continue to inspire us to be a congregation of learners. The following pages describe programs where extraordinary minds, from across America and from Israel, will grapple with some of the most important issues of our day. After reading this brochure we hope you will be as excited as we are about these marvelous learning opportunities. Finally, thank you.Your participation in our programs has enabled us to reimagine ourselves every year, take some risks, attract world class thinkers, and create vibrant learning communities. We look forward to a wonderful celebratory year. Sincerely,

Rabbi David Woznica

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.

Israel: A New and Compelling Conversation Rabbi Donniel Hartman Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Israel and world Jewry are at the crossroads of a new frontier, where the reasons which previously served as the foundation for mutual care and concern in the past are increasingly less pertinent and often mutually alienating. Can the Jewish community adapt and free itself from the crisis-centered conversation in which we join together to stave off external dangers and enemies, and instead create a new narrative which speaks of ideas and values, who we are, where we want to go, and what we need to do to get there? In other words, how do we create a new conversation about Israel which is compelling and relevant for the Jewish people today? Donniel Hartman is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Director of its iEngage Project. He holds an M.A. in Political Philosophy from NYU, an M.A. in Religion from Temple University, a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from The Hebrew University, and rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. Rabbi Dr. Hartman founded some of the most extensive research training and enrichment programs for senior scholars, educators, rabbis, and lay leaders serving Israel and North America. He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism. $15 We are pleased to offer the iEngage course beginning October 20. Please see page 13.


We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Ken and Wendy Ruby in support of our programs.

Speakers No Joke: Making Jewish Humor Dr. Ruth Wisse Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking – as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, she will draw attention to the precarious conditions that have called Jewish humor into being – and the price it may exact from its practitioners and audience. She does this while tracing modern Jewish humor around the world, teasing out its implications as she explores memorable and telling examples from German, Yiddish, English, Russian, and Hebrew. Dr. Wisse will also show how Jewish humor channeled Jewish learning and “wordsmanship” into new avenues of creativity, brought relief to liberal non-Jews in repressive societies, and enriched popular culture in the United States. Of course, you will laugh, and you will also learn just how much Jewish humor says about the Jewish people and our history. Ruth R. Wisse is Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Previously, she taught at McGill University, where she helped to found the Jewish Studies Department, and at Tel Aviv University. She was president of the Association for Jewish Studies, 1985-88. She was born in Czernowitz, Romania. She has just written No Joke: Making Jewish Humor. $15

Preparing to Laugh Cantor Nathan Lam In preparation for the evening with Dr. Wisse, please join Cantor Lam for a two-evening seminar on the subject of Jewish humor. 2 Tuesdays: October 29 and November 5 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. There is no charge, please register in advance. For more information, call Debbie Gordon in Cantor Lam’s office at 310.889.2208.

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation Yossi Klein Halevi Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. This evening you will hear the story of seven Israeli paratroopers who fought in Jerusalem in 1967. Of this group, some became leaders of the peace movement, some of the settlement movement. Yossi Klein Halevi has just written Like Dreamers, and in telling the post-1967 history of Israel through these seven lives, he tells an Israeli story never before written about for American readers. In revealing the complexity of the leftright divide as it unfolded over the decades, Like Dreamers offers an empathic portrait of Israel’s rival camps, challenging readers’ preconceptions. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has called Like Dreamers “the Israeli epic.” Writer Jonathan Rosen calls it “the best book about modern Israel I have ever read.” Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is a contributing editor of The New Republic and has been a frequent contributor to leading American publications, such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs. His last book was At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. Like Dreamers will be published in the fall of 2013. $15 The book will be available to attendees at the discounted rate of $10 while supplies last.

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Dr. Ronald and Marci Glousman


Speakers The Supreme Court: Current Cases and Implications Professor Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Rebecca Brown Moderator: Glenn Sonnenberg Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The decisions made by our nation’s highest court have important implications for every American and, of course, American Jews. Two highly-distinguished constitutional legal experts will examine several vitally important cases currently facing the Supreme Court. The cases our panel will consider may include*: 1) Whether campaign finance law violates the First Amendment. Since 1976, the Court always upheld limits on contributions to candidates (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission). 2) Whether beginning legislative sessions with a sectarian prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. This is likely to be a major case on the separation of church and state (Town of Greece v. Galloway). 3) Whether it is constitutional for a state, by initiative, to ban affirmative action. Many states, including California in Proposition 209, have passed initiatives that eliminate affirmative action (Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action). 4) Whether the President can make recess appointments to federal agencies. Presidents have made such appointments to federal agencies and federal courts throughout American history. The Court will consider whether such recess appointments are allowed and, if so, when (National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning). Erwin Chemerinsky is Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law of the University of California at Irvine School of Law. His expertise is in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights, civil liberties and appellate litigation. He is author of seven books and over 200 law review articles and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Rebecca Brown is a constitutional law theorist and is the Newton Professor of Constitutional Law at USC School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on judicial review and its relationship to individual liberty under the U.S. Constitution. She received her J.D. at Georgetown, magna cum laude and served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Glenn Sonnenberg is President of Latitude Management Real Estate Investors, Inc. He is the President of Stephen S. Wise Temple. Mr. Sonnenberg also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of Bet Tzedek and Para los Ninos, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California, from where he received his J.D. $15 *While we believe these cases will be facing the Court on the date of this event, we cannot know for certain. To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) 5 For more information, see inside back cover.

The Forum on Critical Values

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger and Dr. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen in Dialogue with Rabbi David Woznica

Join us for penetrating dialogues with extraordinary people. This popular series continues to provide a rare opportunity to explore the values and ideals that shape their decisions and drive their lives.

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Bernd Wollschlaeger has a remarkable story to tell. He was born in the small town of Bamberg, Germany. His father was a Nazi tank commander, who was highly decorated personally by Hitler for his efforts. Bernd loved and admired his father and mother. At an early age, however, he discovered his parents were concealing their past. Driven by curiosity, he took a trip to Israel and was deeply moved. Seven years later, he converted to Judaism. Later, he made aliyah and served in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). As a result of this new life, there was a great separation from his family and deep inner turmoil. Twenty years later, he returned to Germany to bury his sister and visit his parents’ grave. In a silent dialogue at graveside he spoke to his parents. He always wanted the opportunity to explain his decision. This evening we will learn those thoughts and what drives this man. Join us (and encourage your teenage and collegeaged children) for what promises to be a memorable night of personal and powerful history. Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D., now lives in Miami. He is an author of several books, including A German Life. He is a practicing family physician. $15


We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Steve and Jodie Fishman in support of our programs.


Dr. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is an internationally known best-selling author who has spent his life immersed in writing about those who perpetrate evil. His first book, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, asserted that ordinary Germans were, as the title notes, “willing executioners’” as a result of a unique form of German antisemitism. It was published in 15 languages and was named by Time one of the two best non-fiction books that year. The book may have generated more international discussion than any book in recent history. He subsequently wrote A Moral Reckoning chronicling the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust, and in Worse Than War he wrote of genocide and the complacency of the world. He has just written The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism. Dr. Goldhagen believes there is a new phenomenon, global antisemitism, which is not only social and cultural, but political and, as never before, is being deployed by governments around the world. In a review, Thane Rosenbaum wrote “No other writer has held mass murderers, deniers of truth, and propagators of hate to a higher standard of moral accountability than Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Join us for a critically important dialogue, as we explore our world, the world our children will inherit, and contemplate what we can and should do to secure a safe and vibrant future for American and world Jewry. $15

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


FDR and the Jews Dr. Allan J. Lichtman Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Nearly seventy years after World War II, a contentious debate lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe. Defenders claim that FDR saved millions of potential victims by defeating Nazi Germany. Others revile him as morally indifferent and indict him for keeping America’s gates closed to Jewish refugees and failing to bomb Auschwitz’s gas chambers. In a new book FDR and the Jews, Professors Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman set out to define what FDR did and did not do in humanitarian efforts – both officially and behind-thescenes – to rescue European Jews facing Nazi persecution and to secure a future for Judaism and a Jewish State. They evaluated him partly using the standards and comparisons of his own day and the world. According to Breitman and Lichtman, “FDR could not fully meet all competing priorities as he led the nation through its worst economic depression and a most challenging foreign war. He was forced to make painful and difficult trade-offs and adapt over time to shifting circumstances that might have seemed flawed in light of what later generations have learned about the depth and significance of the Holocaust, a term that became fully understood only years after Roosevelt’s death.” This program will be a look into some of the most important years in Jewish and world history. Allan Lichtman is Distinguished Professor, Department of History at American University in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard and was the recipient of the Scholar/ Teacher of the Year Award. His prediction system Keys to the White House, has correctly predicted the outcomes of all United States presidential elections since 1984. $15


One Day After Peace: A Documentary Film and Discussion Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin with Rabbi Ron Stern Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. Robi Damelin was born in South Africa during the apartheid era. She later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first, she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible. Following the film, Rabbi Ron Stern leads a discussion with Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin from the Parents Circle – Families Forum, an organization seeking reconciliation between Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost loved ones to violence over the last 46 years.

There is no charge for this evening, but please register in advance.

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


Mini Courses These four-week courses, which meet at Stephen S. Wise Temple, are opportunities to study with your clergy. Please register in advance. There is no charge.

Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses Rabbi Eli Herscher Elie Wiesel has written that the purpose of being Jewish is not to make us more Jewish. Instead, he says, the purpose of Judaism is to make us more human. Our class will try to help us understand just what that means through an exploration of the stories of four fascinating and complex biblical personalities. How do they help us understand our human inclinations that are so often in conflict with each other, moving us either toward good or evil? What do they teach us about fundamental human urges, spanning from instincts toward violence, jealousy and lust, to the possibilities of creativity, goodness and holiness? 4 Thursdays: January 9 through 30, 2014 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife Rabbi David Woznica We will study end-of-life issues from a Jewish perspective, including: what we can do when we believe someone is reaching the end of their life (including “the confessional”). Then, we will look into the details of funeral practices, including: what options are available for our loved one prior to the funeral (e.g. washing the body, dressing the body, having someone with the departed from death to burial). We will explore mourning practices, including some lesser-known customs, and how they can bring great comfort. We will also consider the Jewish perspectives on autopsy and euthanasia, and the importance of making decisions and planning in advance for ourselves, so that our surviving loved ones do not have to. We will conclude with instructions on how to write an ethical will to our loved ones. Judaism’s insights into these issues bring an uplifting look into a difficult subject. 4 Thursdays: February 6 through 27, 2014 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.


We gratefully acknowledge an endowment gift from Lynn and Les Bider in support of our courses.

King David: The Man, The Myth, The Reality Rabbi Ron Stern No figure is credited with greater achievements in the Hebrew Bible than King David. Yes, David is mentioned even more than Abraham and Moses combined! For reasons that remain beyond the comprehension of most readers of the Bible, David’s character has risen so far beyond his historical roots that his legacy practically defies comprehension. Not only is he the primary figure in the books of Kings but he is also referenced discretely and obliquely throughout the Torah. He is the “sweet singer of Israel” – its most prolific poet, a military hero, and the consummate lover. Indeed, even before the pages of the Bible were declared sealed, David’s mythological prowess spread throughout the text and into the regular routine of daily prayer. How did this happen? More importantly, why? What were our ancestors’ many agendas that resulted in David’s exalted status? Find out in a fascinating look that takes us deep into Biblical history, Jewish myth, and great storytelling! 4 Thursdays: March 6 through 27, 2014 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

50 Years of Music at Stephen S. Wise Temple: A Jubilee Celebration of Creativity Cantor Nathan Lam Journey through a musical retrospective of the vast library of compositions commissioned by and for Stephen S. Wise Temple over its 50-year history. These include compositions by renowned TV/movie, classical, synagogue music and American pop composers Charles Fox, Ami Aloni, Walter Scharf, Dr. Michael Isaacson, Debbie Friedman, Ben Steinberg, Meir Finkelstein, Robert Starer, Michael Weiner, David Kates and others. You will hear music that was made possible through the Stephen S. Wise Temple Music Commissioning program, which has become part of the most popular repertoire of the American synagogue. A number of the composers will dialogue with Cantor Lam on the genesis of their particular works, including music from our very own Soulful Shabbat, with composer, David Kates. 4 Tuesdays: March 18 through April 8, 2014 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


Mini Courses Three Wise Lessons Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback Explore three teachings from the life and thought of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the inspiring leader for whom our synagogue was named. Rabbi Wise, who was born in 1874 and who died in 1949, was one of the most influential rabbis of the 20th century. In this, our Jubilee year, we will pause to reflect on our namesake and on some of the values that animated his life’s work. What did he stand for? What teachings from our tradition were most precious to him? Ultimately, what is the legacy that we as a community receive from him? 3 Mondays: April 28 through May 12, 2014 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Reel Torah: Developing Your Personal Ideology through Jewish Texts and Pop Art Rabbi Lydia Medwin What do musician Stevie Wonder, the movie “A River Runs Through It,” and the TV show “Mad Men” have in common? Each, in their own ways, touches on the big questions of life: What is love? What is life’s meaning? What is memory? These existential questions have echoed through time, and find their expression through so many creative human endeavors. Discover your personal ideology, informed by the books of Kohelet, Job, and Pirkei Avot, and the modern commentary found in corresponding works of music, TV, and film. Especially in this city, the questions that animate our tradition come to life through art – join us and discover the ways their answers can add new perspectives to our world. 4 Thursdays: May 15 through June 5, 2014 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.



iEngage: Engaging with Israel Rabbi Ron Stern and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback What is Israel’s role for world Jewry and what is world Jewry’s role for Israel? We stand on the cusp of a transformation in the covenant that exists between Israel and world Jewry. How will the quickly-changing relationship be defined in the decades ahead? While Israel’s first decades were marked by startling growth, existential threats, and a reliance on Jews throughout the world (mostly in America) for continued strength, we have arguably entered a different time. The Engaging Israel project from the Shalom Hartman Institute offers Jews from around the world the opportunity to engage in thinking about the meaning that Israel can have in their lives and how they can be enriched and positively-influenced by the reality of a Jewish nation. The Engaging Israel project generates this conversation, which celebrates Israel for what it is and, more importantly, for what it will become. This process, in turn, engenders a commitment to taking part in building such an Israel. In addition to studying texts, we will have the opportunity to view some of the most compelling recorded lectures offered by the greatest teachers associated with the Hartman Institute. Every class will also provide participants with the space for their own guided discussions about the issues raised. Each class will include opportunities for text study, dialogue, discussion, and reflection. 9 Sundays: Beginning October 20, 2013 4 p.m.-6 p.m. $36 Materials Fee

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


Learning In Your Neighborhood

Congregants will receive an invitation from one of our Clergy to join with them in study. This learning takes place in your neighborhood at the home of one of the members of our congregation. These courses are offered at no charge and we look forward to having you join us.

Invitations to study will be mailed to members of our congregation in the fall, along with registration information. There is no online or telephone registration.

Judaism from Birth to Death ‌ and Beyond Rabbi Eli Herscher Judaism marks every significant moment in the cycle of our lives with deeply meaningful ceremonies and rituals. Within the celebrations surrounding birth, adolescence, marriage and death, are contained some of the most important lessons of how we might better understand our lives. What makes them meaningful? What gives them purpose? How are they sacred? Moving from one passage of life to the next, our learning will delve into the Jewish lifecycle ceremonies in ways that will help us understand them better, and ourselves more deeply.

The Nine Commandments Rabbi David Woznica There are 613 commandments in the Torah, yet the Torah does not indicate any prioritization of importance. Rabbinic literature, however, suggests there are nine commandments which are so vital, that observing any of them is equal to observing all the other commandments combined. These nine commandments are notable, as in many ways, they communicate the vitality of our tradition. We will study these nine commandments, many of which will likely surprise you, looking for ways to bring them into our lives.


Judaism in the 21st Century Rabbi Ron Stern In a fast changing, technologically-advanced world, can religion afford to remain unchanged? How must core Jewish ideas be adapted to remain meaningful for our times? Over 60 years ago, Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan suggested Judaism needs to be reconstructed in order to remain meaningful and relevant in the 20th century. Many of his ideas have moved into the mainstream of modern Jewish thought. Kaplan challenged Jews to think differently about such religious concepts as sacred text, commandments, the eternity of the soul, the place of God in our lives, and even history as it has traditionally been understood. He recognized so much of our modern knowledge refutes classical religious ideas. Rabbi Stern reflects on twenty-five years of rabbinic experience and learning to continue Kaplan’s reconstruction and present a model for 21st century Judaism. Together, we will consider some of the essential challenges that religious ideas present to modern Jews and ask how we can reconcile them with modern knowledge. Join us as we search for answers to some of the most daunting and profound questions faced by Judaism today.

Your Personal Theology and Spiritual Journey Rabbi Spike Anderson Since the beginning of Jewish time, we Jews have engaged with Torah to help connect to The Divine, and one another, through timeless questions: Does life have purpose, or is it all just a series of accidents? What does my potential relationship with God look like, and how can I get there? Is there a mindfulness through Judaism that will help me recognize, appreciate, and encourage meaning in my life, so that life’s colors become sharper, more vibrant, and sacred? Through text, conversation, and practice, we will explore insights from our tradition, which will help us pursue answers to these questions. This is a warm and interactive class where you will be asked to delve deeply into your present worldview, and be prepared to wrestle with your own personal theology.

Jewish Musical Cultures: Worlds Apart, Yet Together Cantor Nathan Lam Explore the folk songs of the Sephardic (Ladino), Ashkenazic (Yiddish), Mizrahi (Yemenite, Jews from Arab lands), American (musical theater, Jewish camp movement), and Iranian (Jewish-Persian) cultures. Guest artists will perform the music and dialogue with Cantor Lam on the thematic and musical similarities, as well as their cultural differences. What sounds Jewish to one, may sound Greek to another. Come to learn, and to be entertained.

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at Stephen S. Wise Temple

No Tests, No Homework, No Grades The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is one of the most comprehensive Jewish adult education programs offered in the United States. Melton is also currently being taught in Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. The curriculum, developed by world-class scholars at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is unparalleled. The course meets weekly, 30 weeks a year over a twoyear period (excluding the summer). Stephen S. Wise Temple is one of the largest and most successful Melton Schools in the country, and in previous years, we have had waiting lists for our classes. The first year covers the Rhythms of Jewish Living –- the central ideas and texts which inform daily, weekly, and annual rituals, as well as life cycle observances; Purposes of Jewish Living –- the essential Jewish Theological concepts and ideas as they unfold in the Bible, the Talmud, and other sacred texts. Year two includes Ethics of Jewish Living – issues such as justice, life and death, sexuality, and community are discussed using case studies from Talmudic, rabbinic, and contemporary literature; Dramas of Jewish Living Throughout the Ages –-- the dramatic developments, experiences, and issues from different historical periods that have shaped the Jewish people. In addition to the learning that takes place, the classes often become warm and caring communities. The instructors, as well as the director of the program, actively participate in the Jewish growth of the participants. Classes offered on Tuesday mornings and evenings: 30 Tuesdays: September 10, 2013-May 20, 2014 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. OR 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Tuition: $600 plus $60 for books (Stephen S. Wise Temple Member) Tuition: $640 tuition plus $60 for books (Non-Member)

For more information or to register, please contact Rabbi Karen Strok at or call 310.889.2291. 16

The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum Melton Graduate Classes Melton Graduate Classes are exclusively for graduates of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict This Scholars course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late 19th century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival – all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs, and memoirs. This course will provide students with new tools for understanding and critiquing texts and events as the conflict continues to unfold. 20 Tuesdays: October 22, 2013 – April 8, 2014 9 a.m.-11 a.m. OR 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuition: $600 plus $50 for books (Stephen S. Wise Temple Member) Tuition: $650 plus $50 for books (Non-Member)

Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders This Scholars course provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life, and the sacrifices, as well as the contributions that have been made over the past 200 years. Lessons will explore such topics as the role of education, The Three Generation Hypothesis, AntiSemitism and the Holocaust, the changing place of Zionism and the State of Israel, The Civil Rights Movement as a case study of distinctiveness and involvement, and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity. This ten-lesson course, which we will teach over the course of 20 weeks, asks the question, “Is the cup half-empty or half full?” as optimists and pessimists debate the future of Jewish identity in America. 20 Wednesdays: October 30, 2013 – April 9, 2014 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tuition: $500 plus $50 for books (Stephen S. Wise Temple Member) Tuition: $550 plus $50 for books (Non-Member)

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


Ongoing Learning Opportunities The following are informal ongoing study courses that you are welcome to join at any time. They take place at Stephen S. Wise Temple and there is no charge.

Carpool Torah The Jewish Prophets Rabbi Ron Stern Concluding the books of Kings, we now turn to the Prophets. These brave souls were the moral compass of their generations and the admonishers of kings. What do their words of rebuke teach us about ancient Jewish history, and how do their timeless moral challenges to statehood, power, and affluence continue to resonate today? Bring breakfast, stop on your way to work, and enjoy some mental exercise from the Hebrew Bible. Begins in Fall 2013 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. For more information, call Rabbi Stern’s office at 310.889.2269.

Meeting at the Well: A Women’s Lunch and Learn Rabbi Lydia Medwin Join Rabbi Lydia Medwin and a group of intelligent and thoughtful women as we explore our tradition in search of new insights into Judaism, into ourselves, and our spirituality. This is a unique opportunity to learn from our only female rabbi, along with guest lecturers from our schools and beyond. We will meet one Wednesday of each month, so check the calendar below, and remember to bring your lunch! Perfect for parents who can come before pick up from school, but all are welcome. No previous knowledge required; you can join us at any time throughout the year. You won’t want to miss it! October 2, November 6, December 4, 2013 January 8, February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, June 11, 2014 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, call Rabbi Medwin’s office at 310.889.2386.


Parashat Hashavuah Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback Study the weekly Torah portion with fellow congregants who are interested in thinking about the way the ancient words of our tradition can remain everrelevant to us today. No prior Torah study experience is necessary. Drop-in attendance is welcome. Wednesday mornings: when Wise School is in session 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Meets in Room 5 For more information, call Rabbi Zweiback’s office at 310.889.2227.

AIPAC @ Wise – Save the Date Sunday, December 8, 2013 4 p.m.-6 p.m. There is no charge for this program. For further information, call Rabbi Anderson’s office at 310.889.2210.

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


We are both a spiritual community, as well as a community of learners. We invite you to join us for Shabbat services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, as well as for our Minyan on Thursday mornings (when school is in session).

We gratefully acknowledge all those who support the Stephen S. Wise Temple Annual Campaign for their generosity. If you are interested in underwriting or permanently endowing any of our Center for Jewish Life programs, please contact our Director of Development, Jay Epstein, at 310.889.2276 or


TO REGISTER: We encourage you to take advantage of our easy online registration. You will receive immediate confirmation and the process is quick and simple. For those who are Contributor level ($250) and above to The Annual Campaign, please contact Harriet Zolan at 310.889.2234 or Online: Telephone: 888.380.WISE (9473) Fax Registration Form to: 310.889.2358 Mail Registration Form to: Stephen S. Wise Temple Center for Jewish Life 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077-1520 For more information: 310.889.2200

To register: or 888.380.WISE (9473) For more information, see inside back cover.


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