December 2013-Kislev 5774
Dear Friend of the Jewish Study Center,
Much has been made of the unusual convergence this year of Chanukah and Thanksgiving. As often happens with things Jewish, not everyone is in agreement as to the last time this convergence occurred or when it will happen again. The Jewish calendar is a mysterious thing. Long ago, Maimonides said that, well before the Jewish and the Gregorian calendars diverge to the point where Pesach occurs in winter, Moshiach will appear.
You don’t have to wait for Moshiach. You could have delved into the mysteries of the calendar this winter by taking the Jewish Study Center course Understanding the Hebrew Calendar, in which Jonina Duker, one of our most versatile and knowledgeable volunteer teachers, cast light on the many strange and wonderful consequences of Jews’ allegiance to the ancient lunar calendar.
Browsing the Jewish Study Center course brochure can put you in a Thanksgiving mood, with courses you can be grateful for regardless of your interests. Are you curious about Jews and Jewish culture in foreign lands? Select one—or many —of the classes in the ongoing Global Jewish Culture series, which surveys Jewish life in countries ranging from Azerbaijan to Nigeria. Concerned about the continuing instability in the Middle East? The Center regularly offers classes taught by experts in Middle East politics, policy and diplomacy. If text study interests you, join the long running series Savoring the Psalms, explore the mysteries of Kabbalah, or dive into the depths of the Talmud. Looking for lighter fare? Learn to bake challah!
Both Chanukah and Thanksgiving inspire us to be thankful. We at the Jewish Study Center also have much to be thankful for. We thank you, our supporters, members, devoted volunteers, and wonderful teachers and students who have enabled the Center to serve this community since 1978. We are able to offer a diverse range of classes while maintaining low tuition because of your generous financial support. Chanukah may be “early” this year, but it’s not too early to become a member of the Center, to offer a membership as a Chanukah present to a friend, or to renew your existing membership. Consider making an additional mincha (gift) offering to the Center so we can continue to offer you myriad and engaging ways to explore the world of Judaism!
We wish all our friends and supporters a very happy Chanukah and a joyful Thanksgiving holiday!
Amy, Bob, Ken, Jerry, Alisa, Diana, Steve, Zev, Jay, Roz – The Jewish Study Center Board
Remaining Classes of Fall Semester:
1811 R Street, NW one block NE of Dupont Circle Metro (Co-sponsored with the Museum)
U.S. Courts and Jewish Observance (Dec. 10) ******Canceled. Will be rescheduled in 2014
American Jewish Theologians (Dec. 10) ******Canceled. Will be rescheduled in 2014
2850 Quebec Street NW, DC (Cleveland Park Metro-Red Line)
Classes: 7 P.M. and 8:15 P.M.
What’s Happening in the Middle East (Oct 16, Dec 11)
Psalms (Nov 6, 20, Dec 11—8:15PM)
The Inquisition in the New World (Dec 11)
WINTER SEMESTER BEGINS JANUARY 8!