Rockland Federation offers adult ed courses

Rockland Federation offers adult ed courses

Registration is underway for the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland’s fall Midreshet adult ed session. It begins on October 6 and 7 with day and evening classes — which are opportunities to expand your Jewish horizons. Classes are available both in person (with proof of vaccination) and online; registration will close on September 29.

“Israel: It’s Never a Dull Moment” will focus on contemporary issues in Israeli society, including its political system, the new coalition players, and BDS and Ben and Jerry’s. Leslie Goldress, a Jewish educator for more than 40 years who has taught Melton and Midreshet in Rockland, will lead the 12 Wednesday sessions at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $210.

“While the (Second) Temple Stood: Jews and Judaism from 516 BCE – 70 CE” will use both anonymous works and writing from sources including the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria and the historian Flavius Josephus to understand how Jewish culture emerged and survived. Sharon Halper, a longtime Jewish educator, will teach the 10 Wednesday sessions at 11 a.m. It costs $180.

Rabbi Daniel Graber, the assistant rabbi of the New City Jewish Center, will teach “Being My Best Self.” It course will look at the way Judaism provides the tools for overcoming such negative traits as anger and growing positive ones, such as gratitude. Each Wednesday session at 6 p.m., offered online only, will address a personality trait that participants want to develop or defeat. Registrants should have something to write in for journaling. The four-session course costs $60.

Rabbi Brian Leiken, the senior rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom, teaches “Midrash as Literature.” He will explore how Jewish interpreters used close reading, Hebrew wordplay, and imagination to recover legends, address theological questions, and adapt to social trends while preserving historical continuity. The 12-session Thursday course is at 9:30 a.m. It costs $210.

“Diving Deep into the Book of Genesis,” led by Rabbi Jill Hackell of the West Clarkstown Jewish Center, will concentrate on the stories of the first book of the Torah. Students should have a copy of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) or Torah text in Hebrew/English or English for class. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. The six-session course is on Thursdays at 11 a.m., and costs $110.

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