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Melton Core Year 1: Purposes of Jewish Living Class

Melton Core Year 1: Purposes of Jewish Living with Ali Drumm

Sundays, 9:15–10:15am at NSS Beth El, begins September 18 (We welcome students at any point.)

Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores ancient and modern sources in pursuit of answers to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

Jewish Laws of Daily Living Class

Jewish Laws of Daily Living with Rabbi Michael Schwab

Wednesdays, 8:00–8:30am

Join us for breakfast and study of the Shulhan Arukh – the basic code of Jewish law. Each week we read and translate a short chapter, exploring its impact on our lives and on the way we, as Conservative Jews, interpret it for our time. This is an ongoing class, but no experience is required and new members are welcome at any session. This FREE class meets year-round. Questions? Contact meskin@ nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903.

Parshat HaShavua through Midrash Class

Parshat HaShavua through Midrash (Sisterhood Torah Fund) with Rabbi Michael Schwab

Tuesdays, 11:00am – Noon, begins September 13 (We welcome students at any point.)

Explore the depth of meaning in passages of the Torah via beautiful interpretations and engaging stories created by the rabbis, speaking to the core values of Judaism. Learn the text and discuss its meaning and relevance to us today.  To sign up contact meskin@ nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903.

Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues Class

Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues (Sisterhood Torah Fund) with Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Tuesdays, 10:00– 11:00am, begins September 13 (We welcome students at any point.)

Join a discussion of the principles of Conservative Judaism, its interpretation of Jewish law, and its response to modern issues, including ritual, ethics, sex and politics. To sign up contact meskin@ nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903.

Minor Prophets; Major Losses

Minor Prophets; Major Losses with Aaron Klein

Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30am, begins September 7 (We welcome students at any point, fees prorated.)

Learn about the trials and tribulations of our ancestors and how they survived from before the Common Era (B.C.E.) to the destruction of the Second Temple. Study how each prophet assisted our people to remain strong and resolute during their troubled times. Fall and Winter Trimesters ($180; $120 for NSSBE members)

Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club Join Rachel Kamin and the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, after Shabbat Kiddush, on a journey through Jewish literature and history. We will be travelling to many different places and time periods this year – from biblical times, 18th century Russia, 19th century France, and Jerusalem before, during and after the War of Independence to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, the Galapagos Islands before World War II, and 1950's Brooklyn.

February 25 – An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club Join Rachel Kamin and the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, after Shabbat Kiddush, on a journey through Jewish literature and history. We will be travelling to many different places and time periods this year – from biblical times, 18th century Russia, 19th century France, and Jerusalem before, during and after the War of Independence to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, the Galapagos Islands before World War II, and 1950's Brooklyn.

Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club Join Rachel Kamin and the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, after Shabbat Kiddush, on a journey through Jewish literature and history. We will be travelling to many different places and time periods this year – from biblical times, 18th century Russia, 19th century France, and Jerusalem before, during and after the War of Independence to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, the Galapagos Islands before World War II, and 1950's Brooklyn.

February 25 – An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Afternoon @ the Movies

Afternoon @ the Movies - March 23, 2017

On March 23, 2017 Afternoon @ the Movies will present Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream. Since 1925 the Streit's matzo factory has sat in a lowslung tenement building on Manhattan's Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit's remained a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation's unleavened bread on pre-War machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the Streit's saga and how it echoes the American Dream. 

 

Afternoon @ the Movies

Afternoon @ the Movies - May 4, 2017

Our feature on May 4, 2017 will be In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Of course, Israeli snacks will be served! Contact Marcie Eskin at meskin@nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903 for more information and to RSVP to these and other afternoon events which will be publicized throughout the year

 

 

Rabbi Irving and Amy Frankel Memorial Lecture

Rabbi Irving and Amy Frankel Memorial Lecture: Why We Did Israel

Featuring guest speakers: Fran and Bernie Alpert

April 30, 2017

 

The scholars this year are Bernie and Fran Alpert who will explore the history of archaeology in Israel and the Middle East and discuss the context and content of archaeological digs. The Alperts founded the Archaeological Seminars Institute and their famous "Dig for a Day" program in Beit Guvrin has served thousands of students and tourists since the early 1980s.

Mysteries of the Bible Class

Mysteries of the Bible Aaron Klein Wednesdays, 8:00–9:00pm, begins March 15

Explore our ancient texts and read between the lines to understand how the writings are relevant to our day and age. We will also study the mystics, Kabbalah, and their interpretation of the Divine and cosmos. Spring Trimester ($90; $60 for NSSBE members.) 

To sign up for this class, contact Ali Drumm at adrumm@nssbethel.org

Study in the Loop

Study in the Loop/Study in the Suburbs with Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Thursdays, Noon–1:30pm on January 19 and March 16

Loop Location: The Illinois Decalogue Society, 134 N. LaSalle #1430 Chicago

Fee: $12 per session to cover lunch.

To register, contact Lennie Kay at 847-432-8900 x221 or LKay@nssbethel.org.

 

Study in the Loop

Study in the Loop/Study in the Suburbs with Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Thursdays, Noon–1:30pm on January 19 and March 16

Loop Location: The Illinois Decalogue Society, 134 N. LaSalle #1430 Chicago

Fee: $12 per session to cover lunch.

To register, contact Lennie Kay at 847-432-8900 x221 or LKay@nssbethel.org.

 

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