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Summer Hebrew Opportunity: 

Hebrew Café

at L'artisan Café

Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00pm

 

 

Schedule of Weekly Classes Fall 2021
Sun. Mon. Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Shabbat
      8:15am Shulhan aruch over breakfast 9:00-10:00am Hug Ivri 8:30-9:15am Parshat HaShavua  
           

Between Minha and Maariv: Text study with Rabbi Fel

   

7:30-8:15pm Jewish Views on Life After Death (begins Nov. 2)

7:30-9:15pm Re/Introduction to Judaism (begins Oct.19)

7:30-8:15pm How to lead Minha/Maariv Services & Shiva minyanim (begins Oct.19)

7:30-9:30pm Delve Deeper:   Jewish Life in Eastern Europe (begins Oct. 6)

     

 

New Course:

Jewish Views on Life After Death

Instructor: Rabbi Irvin Wise

Time: Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 pm. In person at Temple Emanu-El beginning November 2 (ongoing).

Cost: $36 suggested donation to support educational scholarships. (Those not in a position to donate are more than welcome to attend.)

How to register: online registration will be available soon. In the meantime, reserve your place by emailing TEProvAdultEd@gmail.com

Contrary to popular notions, Judaism has a lot to say about life after death. In this class we will look at a wide range of positions and reflections on the subject including biblical, rabbinic, medieval, Kabbalistic, Hasidic and contemporary teachings for the purpose of expanding and deepening our understanding of what Judaism has to say about this universal human interest and concern.

About the instructor: Rabbi Irvin Wise earned a Master’s in Hebrew Letters in 1978 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati and his rabbinic ordination there in 1979. He served as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Student Affairs at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem from 1979-1981 and then as Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Ohio University in Athens and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from 1984-1992. In 1992 Rabbi Wise became Senior Rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Cincinnati, serving there for 27 years. He retired in 2019 and now lives in Barrington, RI. Learn more here: https://www.brgri.org/rabbi-irvin-m-wise.html

 

Hug Ivri

Instructor: Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer

Time: Thursdays 9:00-10:00am (ongoing)

Rabbi Kaunfer leads this group, conducted entirely in Hebrew. It will continue its study and discussion of midrashim on biblical stories from Bialik’s Sefer Aggadah often moving into a variety of fascinating topics. If you are an advanced Hebrew speaker, join us!

For more information, please email Rabbi Kaunfer at akaunfer@cox.net

 

Parshat HaShavua

Instructor: Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer

Time: Fridays after minyan/zman kodesh 8:30-9:15am (ongoing)

Join Rabbi Alan Kaunfer for a weekly study session to discuss highlights from the Torah portion of the week. This weekly discussion takes place on Friday mornings after Z’man Kodesh.

All are welcome!

For more information, please email Rabbi Kaunfer at akaunfer@cox.net

 

Delve Deeper is an adult education initiative that brings dynamic teachers to teach in-depth, university level Judaic courses to a diverse group of adult learners. Delve Deeper programs are presented in cooperation with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and area synagogues, including Congregation Beth Sholom, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim, Temple Sinai and Temple Torat Yisrael.

 

 

Delve Deeper Fall 2021

“Creativity and Resilience: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, 1500-2020”

Instructor: Dr. Natan M. Meir

Time: Wednesdays 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm beginning Oct. 6 (10 sessions)

Format: Online via Zoom

For many centuries, Eastern Europe was one of the great centers of Jewish civilization. This course explores the society that Jews created in the east European borderlands, a world unto itself but also closely interlinked with the surrounding Slavic and Christian milieu. Drawing on key documents from the world of Polish and Russian Jews, we will examine central phenomena such as the shtetl, the Hasidic movement, the emergence of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature, the rise of modern Jewish political movements such as Zionism and Bundism, the creation of Soviet Jewry, and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. We will also touch on the question of the outcasts of the Jewish community – beggars, disabled people, and others – who are the subject of the instructor’s recent book, Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939.

About the instructor: Natan Meir is a scholar of Jewish social, cultural, and religious history, and he holds the Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies at Portland State University’s Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. His latest book, Stepchildren of the Shtetl, recovers the histories of Jewish Eastern Europe’s social outcasts. He is currently engaged in a new project on the intersection of magic and sexuality in European Jewish culture. (Adapted from www.natanmeir.com/)


Winter/Spring 2022

“History of the Jews in Italy:

From Empire to Emancipation and the Opening of the Vatican Archives”

Instructor: Dr. Dana W. Fishkin

Please note: all classes will take place on Zoom.
Students may connect through landline, smart phone, tablet, or computer.

 

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Daily Jewish Values Project
Click here to learn more
Click here to register!

Join us on a congregational-wide journey to connect with each other, explore our Jewish tradition, cultivate our values, and transform and elevate our lives - one day at a time!

The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin will guide us through a different value each day throughout the entire year. We will meet in small groups every other week to connect and discuss the previous weeks’ values, and have additional opportunities to connect and discuss as an entire congregation. 

The DJVP began on January 10, but you can join in at any time!

 


Let's Talk Hebrew!

Conversational Hebrew classes are being co-sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and Temple Emanu-El. Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels are offered on Monday evenings. A new summer session began on May 10. If you are interested, please contact Toby Liebowitz at TobyAane@gmail.com or visit www.teprov.org/form/convoS21 to register!


Hug Ivri
Thursdays, 9:00-10:00am through June 10
Instructor: Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer

Rabbi Kaunfer leads this group, conducted entirely in Hebrew. It will continue its study and discussion of the Book of Jeremiah, often moving into a variety of fascinating topics. If you are an advanced Hebrew speaker, join us!

For more information, please email Rabbi Kaunfer at akaunfer@cox.net

Parashat HaShavua
Fridays, 8:30-9:15am through June 11
Instructor: Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer

Join Rabbi Alan Kaunfer for a weekly study session to discuss highlights from the Torah portion of the week. This weekly discussion takes place on Friday mornings after Z’man Kodesh. All are welcome!

For more information, please email Rabbi Kaunfer at akaunfer@cox.net


 

Delve Deeper: A Program of Intensive Jewish Study is an exciting adult education initiative that brings dynamic teachers who are experts in their fields to teach in-depth, university-level courses to adult learners in Rhode Island. We strive to bring together a diverse group of learners for semester-long courses that will be interesting and accessible to beginner and advanced students alike. Through background readings, engaging lectures, and invigorating class discussions, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the course topic, strengthen and deepen their Jewish identity, and cultivate relationships with their community of fellow students.

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