Winter 2017 Course Descriptions
Wednesdays at Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St. NW Metro: Cleveland Park—Red Line
The New Jewish Writer: Themes and Identity
April 26, May 3, May 10 at 8:15 p.m.
This class will focus on short stories as an introduction to several outstanding Jewish American authors of the 21st century. Our main texts will be Molly Antopol’s The Unamericans (2014), Erika Dreifus’s Quiet Americans (2011), and David Bezmozgis’s Natasha and Other Stories (2004). All these writers offer a contemporary lens on both previously-explored and lesser-examined subjects, including the lives and experiences of Soviet Jewish emigres; the effect of the Holocaust on subsequent generations; the McCarthy era; family relationships; the meaning of home and exile; and American/Jewish identity generally. The classes will incorporate both lecture and discussion. Copies of the texts will be made available in class, but students are particularly encouraged to purchase or borrow from local libraries Molly Antopol’s text (in paperback).
Instructor: Rabbi Mindy Avra Portnoy, Rabbi emerita of Temple Sinai, currently serves as Adjunct Rabbi at Congregation Beth El. She has written five Jewish children’s books, including Ima on the Bima: My Mommy is a Rabbi and Matzah Ball, and has taught adults in the Washington, DC area for the past 37 years.
Series: JSC or Adas members $40, others $55. Single sessions $15/$20
Global Jewish Cultures
May 3, 10, 24 at 7 p.m.
May 3, 7p.m. - Kreplach and Dim Sum: Yes, There are Jews in China!
Instructor: Pnina Agenyahu
May 24, 7 p.m.: Hebrew Street Art and the Creation of Jewish Spaces
Hillel Smith, an artist and graphic designer focusing on engaging Jewish communities with their heritage in innovative ways, has painted dynamic Jewish murals in Southern California and Israel with his Hebrew street art venture Illuminated Streets. He revitalizes ancient rituals with online projects like his GIF Omer Counter and Parsha Poster series, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. This workshop focuses on artistic empowerment, continuity, and manifesting identity through the arts. Seeing Hebrew as the visual glue binding Jews together across time and space, he also teaches Jewish typographic history, using print as a lens for Jewish life and culture. You can see his work online at www.HillelSmith.info. Copies of his book Parsha Posters will be available for sale.
Instructor: Hillel Smith
Series: JSC or Adas members $40, others $55 Single sessions $15/$20
Ask the Rabbis Live! How can we balance civility and political disagreement?
May 17 at 7 p.m.
A panel discussion with local rabbis co-sponsored with Moment Magazine. Which is more important, peace in the community or freedom to express political disapproval? Can we disagree Jewishly? Continuing a discussion launched in Moment's March/April issue.
Moderator: Sarah Breger, executive editor of Moment
Adas, JSC members $15, others $20
Israel’s Cultural Revival: Videos and Discussions
April 30, and May 7
The Tekumah series presents the story of Israel as a modern nation and what it means to be Israeli, what Israel has achieved, and what Israel dreams of becoming. Each video will be presented by a Shirat member who will lead a discussion afterwards. A perfect way to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Remembrance Day, and Israeli Independence Day.
Sunday April 30, 1-3 p.m.: Tzahal/The Israeli Defense Forces, presented by Gideon Amir,at the home of Roanne and Hazzan Ramon Tasat, 2445 Lyttonsville Rd., Apt. 305, Silver Spring, MD.
Classes may be cancelled for the following reasons:
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