Lectures & Courses

At Central Synagogue

Adult Engagement Fall Programming

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Melton at Central: Experience “The Best of The Best” In Adult Jewish Education

Classes run September 2017-May 2018

Interested in creating connections with fellow congregants? Looking to strengthen your Jewish literacy in a pressure-free environment and feel empowered to bring meaningful Jewish practice into your home? Melton is an internationally renowned program for adult Jewish study designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice. Join us for the coming year of Melton and come away with confidence and community!

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Lunch and Learn Series with Conductor Cesare Civetta

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:30pm | Pavilion
A Tribute to Arthur Rubinstein taught by Conductor Cesare Civetta

This is the third of three multimedia presentations the Conductor and educator, Cesare Civetta, will present at Central Synagogue this Fall.
Join your community for lunch, starting at 12:30, followed by a tribute to the Great Arthur Rubinstein. Rubinstein declared himself to be a “proud Jew” who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jewish causes especially to further the cultural life of Jerusalem, and whose ashes, as per his will, are buried in Rubinstein Firest, overlooking Jerusalem Forest. Civetta will present rare recordings, photos, film footage, and interviews of Rubinstein.

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The Book of Genesis: The Poetry of Life Begins

Wednesdays, Oct 11, 2017-Jan 17, 2018 at 10:30am | Community House
Taught by Jessica Greenbaum

Join award winning poet for a unique experience of studying the weekly Torah portions of Genesis. In this special series, you will look closely at those themes in each parsha which reflect the human condition as we experience it here and now, and you will have the opportunity to read related poems and write your own. No prior poetry or Judaic knowledge required. This class is free and open to both members and nonmembers of Central Synagogue.

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The Voices of Women in Jewish Tradition

Every Other Wednesday, Oct. 18-Dec 13, 2017 at 6:30pm | Pavilion
Taught by Shani Ben Or, Cantorial Intern

This class will explore narratives featuring Jewish women protagonists. We will explore the challenges these narratives have posed over time and the dynamic impact they continue to have on Jewish identity.

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Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom, and Values

Thursdays, September 14-December 14, 7:15 | Community House
Taught by Joe Septimus

We will explore selected teachings from Torah, Talmud, Midrash, medieval, modern and contemporary sources. Our texts and discussions will enhance and deepen our appreciation of life’s wisdom and Jewish values. All texts will be in English. No prior text study experience required.

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An Introduction to the Golden Age of Chazzanut

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion
Taught by Cantor Daniel Mutlu

From 1890-1950, Jewish music was dominated by powerful cantors who created some of the greatest musical achievements in our tradition. Join Cantor Mutlu as he explores the age through a study that focuses on both the music and the cantors of the period. Participants will get to hear the songs that changed Jewish music and learn about some of the key figures in Judaism from 1890-1950.

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Ongoing Classes

Registration required – join anytime.