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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.


Shabbat Adult Education Programs Returning to Shabbat
Inspired Book Club - Second Shabbat of the month at 1:00 PM
Shabbat Study Group - Third Shabbat of the month at 1:00 PM

Starting in December our traditional Shabbat adult educations programs will be returning to Shabbat. The next Inspired Book Club will therefore take place on December 12 and the continuation of Peter Gingiss’s Shabbat Study series with be on December 19.  Sessions will begin at 1 pm.  Zoom will be available at 12:45 pm

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 began 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 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

In March, we will begin our next four-part series.  Entitled Treasury in the Trash: the Story of the Cairo Geniza, the series will be led by Sara Norris.  

The Cairo Geniza (CG) is the most diverse collection of manuscripts ever discovered. It contained writings that span a 1000 years and included materials related to sacred and religious life as well as secular writing. Its contents give us insight into life in medieval North Africa and the Eastern Meditteranean.

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

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

Tue, January 26 2021 13 Shevat 5781