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Parent Jewish Education

5775
2014-2015

Adult Education, Special Services & Family Services

Neil Kurshan, Rabbi, Israel Gordan, Cantor William Wertheim, President

shalom@hjcny.org

 The Huntington Jewish Center will offer a wide variety of adult education programs and services during the coming year. Courses will range from a Saturday Night Film Series on the theme of Aging Wisely to a Jewish Public Affairs Forum. Adult education faculty will include Rabbi Neil Kurshan, Cantor Israel Gordan, and Ken Bob. We are also reviving the CHAI Adult Education Institute, a regional adult education program co-sponsored by five western Suffolk Conservative synagogues. All courses and services are open to our membership and their guests. No prior experience or background is necessary for our offerings. Please return the registration form on the back of the brochure to the synagogue office. We hope these courses and services will enable you to connect with Jewish tradition and with our synagogue community during the coming year.

ADULT EDUCATION COURSES

DILEMMAS IN FAITH

Tuesday evening, October 21, Thursday evenings. October 30, November 6 and 13 at 8:00 pm in the Family Life Center, Instructor: Rabbi Neil Kurshan, with faculty from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

What does it mean to believe? What do I believe in? Where is God in the midst of suffering? If God once acted through history (The Exodus) why doesn’t God intervene now (The Holocaust)? Does a belief in God have any connection with ethical action, i.e. why are there pious Jews who act unethically and non-observant Jews who act ethically?

Each session will begin with a video presentation by a scholar from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Rabbi Kurshan will then lead a discussion about the presentation incorporating traditional and contemporary Jewish texts. All are welcome.

JEWISH PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM

Tuesday evenings, Nov. 18 and April 28 at 8:00 pm, Instructor: Ken Bob

November 18-Two Jews-Three Opinions or Three Jews One Opinion? How Divided are We?

April 28–TBA

We will look at some of the main topics on the American Jewish and Israeli public agenda by reading circu-lated articles in advance and then delving into the issues in depth at each session. In our first session, we will look at the issues Jews are passionate about, where there is consensus and where there are divisions. Taking a look at Jewish attitudes on the issues of the day from same sex marriage, through immigration and to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we will also engage in a short practicum on the art of building consensus.

Ken Bob is a member of HJC who serves in a variety of Jewish organizational capacities. He is the current president of Ameinu, the national Zionist organization, and serves as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES:

AGING WISELY

Saturday evenings Dec. 13, Jan. 17, and Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm in the Family Life Center

Discussion Leader: Rabbi Neil Kurshan

Dec. 13—Quartet

Jan. 17—Number Our Days

Feb. 7—Amour

We will watch three beautiful and critically acclaimed successful films that focus on the theme of growing older with wisdom. Each film depicts with sensitivity and originality a transition in life

that is often tinged with sadness, but which in these films is portrayed with humor, poignancy, and beauty. “Quartet”, the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffmann, is an old-fashioned drama about a group of aging singers who need to decide whether they can let go of the fears, errors, and disappointments of the past to engage themselves once more with the art that blessed their lives with beauty and meaning. In her poignant award winning documentary, “Number our Days”, Barbara Myerhoff depicts a group of elderly Jews in Venice, CA sustained by their humor and indomitable spirit. “Amour” is a touching and tender drama about the care and unconditional love of a long married couple for one another during the final stage of their lives. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a parallel children’s movie shown in the gym with babysitting. BYOKB i. e. Children: Bring Your Own “Kozy” Blanket; Adults: Bring Your Own Kosher Bottle

WISE AGING 

Monday evenings, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, May 18 at 8:00 pm, Tuesday evening, May 12 at 8:00 pm. Facilitator : Rabbi Neil Kurshan (and other faculty as needed)

“Old age is not a defeat, but a victory, not a punishment, but a privilege,” Abraham Joshua Heschel ~ The years of our fifties, sixties and seventies offer incredible potential for growth and new insight. These healthy years which in the past were seen as an ending afford possibilities for new beginnings. Rabbi Kurshan will work with a group of 8-12 individuals with an innovative curriculum that brings Jewish spiritual wisdom and texts to bear on issues such as finding meaning and purpose; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; learning to live with loss, change, and death; balancing between parents and adult children; gratitude; forgiveness; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy. Each class will be discussion oriented.

MUSIC FOR THE FALL HOLIDAYS

Tuesdays Sept. 2,9,16,23, Instructor: Cantor Israel Gordan

Join us for the four Tuesday nights in September before Rosh Hashanah to learn congregational melodies both new and old for the holidays. The class will be short and especially helpful for those who would like to help lead as in a choir, or simply to aid in being more participatory from your seat. All are welcome.

SYNAGOGUE SKILLS

Instructor: Cantor Israel Gordan

Class hours to be worked out around schedules of participants.Do you want to be more involved in services? Do you want to have a greater sense of own-ership for what happens? Would you like to be on the Bimah leading services? Cantor Gordan is avail-able for individual or group lessons in order to learn how to read Torah, chant a Haftarah, or lead a part of the service. Simply call or email the Cantor with questions and to set up a time to meet! (CantorGordan@hjcny.org)

CHAI ADULT EDUCATION INSTITUTE

Monday evenings, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:30 pm at the Dix Hills Jewish Center

The Chai Adult Education Institute is a regional adult education program sponsored by five western Suffolk synagogues including the Huntington Jewish Center. Each evening begins with classes taught by synagogue rabbis followed by a lecture given by a professor from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lecturers for the Fall semester include David Hoffman, Amy Kalmanofsky, Marjorie Lehman, Shuly Schwartz and Robbie Harris. Consult the Chai Adult Education Brochure or contact the HJC Main Office for additional details.  Click here for more information: http://dhjc.org/Chai%20Class%20Information

SPECIAL SERVICES

COMMUNITY SIMCHAT TORAH SERVICESThursday, October 16 at 7:00 pm at Temple Beth El.

We will join together with Temple Beth El and Kehillat Shalom for a community Simchat Torah Service. Join us for creative Hakafot and dancing with the Torah scrolls.. Special gifts and refreshments for children. All adults and children are invited to join in this communal, joyous celebration.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE– Nov. 21 and April 24 at 6:00 pm in the Kiddush Lounge

Service Leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

These spirited services in the round include community singing, spontaneous dancing (sometimes), and instru-mental music (in the Spring). Services are followed by a congregational Friday night dinner at which teenagers help to look after the younger children.

FAMILY SERVICES

HJC conducts a full program of services for families with ECC and Religious School age children led by Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan. Services are accessible and designed to be a positive family experience.

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY ECC SERVICES- Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6 and March 6 at 5 pm.

Service Leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

This brief service for younger children includes sing-ing, a PJ Library story, and all children are invited to the Bimah for Kiddush. Either a Shabbat Dinner or small Oneg follows each service.

SHABBAT MORNING ECC FAMILY SERVICES Jan. 24 and March 14 at 10:30 am.

Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

Services include family participation, physical movement, a PJ Library book, and a Kiddush Lunch follow-ing services.

SHABBAT SHINDIG – RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FAMILY SERVICE – Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 26, Jan. 31 Feb. 7, March 21 and April 18. at 10:00 am.

Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

This special, family learner’s style services will include explanations of prayers, interesting games and activities, and the learning of tunes both new and old.

A Kiddush Lunch follows the service.

SYNAGOGUE SKILLS

Instructor: Cantor Israel Gordan

Class hours to be worked out around schedules of participants.

Do you want to be more involved in services? Do you want to have a greater sense of ownership for what happens? Would you like to be on the Bimah leading services? Cantor Gordan is available for individual or group lessons in order to learn how to read Torah, chant a Haftarah or lead a part of the service. Simply call or email the Cantor with questions and to set up a time to meet! (CantorGordan@hjcny.org).

SPECIAL SERVICES

COMMUNITY SIMCHAT TORAH SERVICES

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm at HJC

For the first time, we will join together with Temple Beth El and Kehillat Shalom for a community Simchat Torah Service. Join us for creative Hakafot and dancing with the Torah scrolls. Special gifts and refreshments for children. All adults and children are invited to join in this communal, joyous celebration.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

October 18 and May 2 at 6:00 pm in the Kiddush Lounge

Service Leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

These spirited services in the round include community singing, spontaneous dancing, and instrumental music (in the spring). Services are followed by a congregational Friday night dinner at which teenagers help to look after the younger children.

FAMILY SERVICES

HJC conducts a full program of services for families with ECC and ReligiousSchool age children led by Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan. Services are accessible and designed to be a positive family experience.

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY ECC SERVICES

Oct. 25 and March 28 at 5:00 pm

Service Leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

This brief service for younger children includes singing, a story, and all children are invited to the Bimah for Kiddush. A Shabbat dinner follows each service.

FRIDAY NIGHT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SERVICES-Nov. 1 and Jan. 24 at 7:15 pm

Service leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

Each service will be preceded by a Shabbat dinner at 6:15 pm. The service will encourage family participation

SHABBAT MORNING ECC FAMILY SER‑VICES

Oct. 19, Nov 16, Jan. 18, March 15, May 17 at 10:30 am.

Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

Services include family participation, physical movement, a creative interpretation of the Torah reading, and a Kiddush Lunch following services

SHABBAT MORNING FAMILY RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SERVICE

Oct. 26, Jan 11 and May 10

Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

Services are participatory and include family presentations of a Dvar Torah and a give and take discussion. A Kiddush Lunch follows services.

Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: 631.427.1089  Fax: 631.427.8118
shalom@hjcny.org

REGISTRATION FORM

 

We would like to know if you are planning to attend. Please check Off the course(s) in which you are planning to participate in.

 

REGISTRATION FORM

We would like to know if you are

planning to attend. Please check

off the course(s) in which you are

planning to participate in.

___ Dilemmas in Faith

___ Jewish Public Affairs Forum

___ Saturday Night at the Movies

___ Wise Aging

___ Music for the Fall Holidays

___ Synagogue Skills

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