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Project Oded: Continuing Education

The Jack and Sue Becker Project Oded Continuing Education Program

We are a “Beit Midrash” for those seeking on-going studies in a responsive, open, and co-educational community. The study of traditional Jewish texts is pursued in a warm congenial, intellectually stimulating environment, with a “Klal Yisrael” perspective and respect for different Jewish lifestyles and ideas. Our goal is Jewish literacy! Our subjects include a wide selection of contemporary and classical topics. Our classes meet daily Sunday through Thursday. Choose one or more classes. See our current class schedule below.

Spring 2020 Schedule

January 13 – May 14, 2020
All classes are held in English. Entrance fee – 300 NIS per course |10% discount on total for 2-3 courses | 15% discount on total for 4-5 courses or 30 NIS per session, at the door.

* Classes will not be meeting: Election Day: March 2; Purim and Shushan Purim: March 10-11; Passover break, Sunday April 5-Thursday April 16; Yom Haatzmaut: April 29

9:15 am – 10:45 am  From Kings to Prophet

We will follow the book of Kings from the breaking up of Solomon’s kingdom
through the turbulent conflict of King Ahab and Elijah the prophet until Ahah’s
valiant last stand on the plateau of Gilead.

9:00 am – 10:30 am Seventy Years of Statehood: Israel 1949-2019

Each week this course takes a deep dive to tackle a period of history in the
development of the Jewish State.

9:00 am – 10:30 am Books of Esther and Lamentations – Commentary Writing Seminar

Each session will focus on a text-based question about the books of Esther and
Lamentations. The seminar participants will unpack the text in a facilitated
conversation led by the instructor and, in so doing, contribute to the instructor’s
upcoming commentary on these books.

10:45 am – 12:15 am Rabbinic Leadership in Crisis

This course will examine the biographies, teachings and lasting legacy of three important Rabbinic figures who lived at a time of transition and crisis: Hillel the Elder, Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai and Rabbi Akiva. Together we will evaluate whether they can serve as leadership models for our day and age.

9:00 am – 10:30 am Parashat Hashavua and Life Today

An exploration of the weekly text as individuals, members of Am Yisrael and of the world. We will study the text together with traditional and contemporary commentators.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Hebrew for Hebrew Speakers

Speak Hebrew and improve your vocabulary, by reading and discussing magazine and newspaper articles.

9:00 am – 10:15 am Talmud Class*

A weekly study from selections of the Babylonian Talmud beginning with Trac- tate Gittin. The class is appropriate for intermediate and beginner levels of Talmud study.

*No fee is required for this course, thanks to the generosity of Rav Adam