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During During 5779 Adult Education began a new initiative for monthly Shabbat Study. The sessions take place on the third Shabbat of the month after Kiddush-Lunch. Each series lasts 4 consecutive sessions and are presented by our own congregants.

Note that during the pandemic closure, we have moved the series to the third Sunday at 10:00 AM via Zoom. (Note new time, effective October 18, 2020)

The topics of the classes vary. In 5779 we completed three series: Stories from the book of Judges (Andy Hoffman), Interpreting the Torah (Debbie Kagan), and Understanding the Psalms (Sue Resnick). During 5780, we have competed a series focussed on the book of Ecclesiastes (Aaron Howard) and a series entitled Emperors, Emirs, Popes and Princes: How Opportunity and Oppression Created a Unique Italian Jewish Community (Lisa Trimarchi.) The last series for this Jewish year is on the book of Proverbs by Sue Resnick.

On October 18, Peter Gingiss will begin our next series in the “Shabbat” Study program. 

Peter is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston, specializing in sociolinguistics and the former president of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.

The series will be an overview of languages either spoken exclusively by Jews, or languages in which Jews have produced important works in the Jewish literary canon. 

The first session will be an outline of what linguists know about languages, kind of the linguists’ equivalent of Maimonides 13 articles of faith.

The five planned sessions are:
1. Overview
2. Hebrew, Aramaic
3. The case for Greek and Arabic
4. Yiddish and Ladino
5. Other possibilities and Conclusion

Please join this active group. You will not be disappointed.

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Kagan at 713-270-4469.

Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781