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Judaism 360

Being a member of Sinai Temple means being a learning Jew. We are a people of the book and a community of words and ideas. I hope you will review this wonderful catalogue of classes and join us this year as we grow both intellectually and spiritually.

All year long you can hear the buzz and hum of members growing, discovering, teaching one another. We are shaped by what we learn — let us be shaped by our sacred tradition, together.

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RABBI DAVID WOLPE


THURSDAY MORNING TORAH

Spend an hour every Thursday morning deepening your understanding of Judaism and our sacred text. Learn along with us as we go through the Torah together; no prior knowledge or Hebrew is required. This year’s class will focus on the Song of Songs, Esther, and Jonah.

Thursday mornings, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. This class will begin on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

There is no charge for this class.

ALICE & NAHUM LAINER LEARNING & LUNCH WITH RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Jewish Spirituality Throughout the Ages

These talks will begin with the Bible and trace Jewish spiritual ideas and movements throughout our history. We will cover spirituality in the bible, spirituality of the Rabbis, spirituality of Jewish law, spirituality of Jewish mysticism, German Pietists and the Musar movement, Chasidic spirituality and spiritual movements in modern times. Join us on a journey through the Jewish spirit.

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2016: November 1, December 6
2017: January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

RABBI NICOLE GUZIK


EAT, PRAY LEARN

Sponsored by Sinai Temple, Sisterhood, and Atid

A follow up to the very popular “Midrash & Merlot” class, “Eat, Pray, Learn” will take an insightful look at women and prayer. Rabbi Nicole Guzik will explore topics including Women and the Mechitza, Sexuality and a Woman’s Voice, and The Power of Women’s Prayer. We hope you join us for some prayer and pinot, and once again, this is for women only!

May 3, 10 & 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

RABBI JASON FRUITHANDLER


SPIRIT & SPIRITS

Come explore the hidden (and not so hidden) connections between our favorite beverages and some of Judaism’s most iconic characters and themes.

November 3, 2017
Whiskey and The Original Woman: Examining Eve

November 10, 2017
Mixed Drinks and Midrash: The Complex Stories That Make Us Who We Are

November 17, 2017
Red, White & Ritual: The Meaning of Wine in Judaism

This class will be held at private homes. RSVPs are required in order to receive the address.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

RABBI EREZ SHERMAN


BRINGING HOLY HOME

What bonds the United States and Israel and what sets us apart? Rabbi Erez Sherman will lead in-depth discussions on Rituals & Holidays, Birth & Death and State & Religion to gain deeper insight into the complex relationship between Judaism, the US, and Israel.

January 12 & 19, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

RABBINIC INTERN MICAH MILLER


TORAH SAYS WHAT?

What are we to do when texts from our holy book conflict with our value system, praise people who do terrible things, or are just confusing? This class will look at stories from the bible and how the tradition dealt with them and help us formulate our own opinions and answers.

March 8, 15 & 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

HEBREW


Presented in partnership with the Whizin Center for Continuing Education of American Jewish University

MODERN HEBREW BEGINNING 1

Instructor: Sara Har Shalom

This class is for those with no previous knowledge of Hebrew.

November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, December 6, 13 & 20, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

$269 per person
Register online: wcce.aju.edu/hebrew OR call (310) 440-1572. For more information please call the Hebrew Coordinator at (310) 476-9777 x436 or hebrew@aju.edu.

MODERN HEBREW ADVANCE 3

Instructor: Era Zwickel

This class is for those with knowledge of reading, writing and high intermediate/advanced level of vocabulary in all tenses.

November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, December 6, 13 & 20, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

$269 per person
Register online: wcce.aju.edu/hebrew OR call (310) 440-1572. For more information please call the Hebrew Coordinator at (310) 476-9777 x436 or hebrew@aju.edu.

MEN’S CLUB


BREAKING FREE: HOW CHANS FROM OUR CHILDHOOD KEEP US FROM WHAT WE WANT

Presented by Sheldon H. Kardener, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

HISTORY & MUSIC OF SEPHARDIC JEWRY, A MISSION TO SPAIN

Presented by Cantor Marcus Feldman

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

MEN’S CLUB GAME NIGHT

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

WHY & HOW RELIGION MATTERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: A THREE PART SERIES

Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30pm

Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Senior Rabbi, Sinai Temple
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:30pm

STARTUP NATION

Presented by The Israeli Economic Mission

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

HOLDING SPONSORS OF TERROR LEGALLY ACCOUNTABLE

Presented by Richard D. Heidman, Senior Counsel, Heideman Nudelman and Kalik, PC, Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

SISTERHOOD


BODY SCULPTING FOR WOMEN

Instructor: Molly Basler

Ms. Basler is a certified personal trainer with over 15 years of experience. This is a complete body conditioning/body sculpting class with a light-weight workout, cardio, and core exercises. All levels are welcome.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 1 – December 22, 2016 from 9:00am – 10:15am

$125 for 8 weeks (16 sessions)

CALLIGRAPHY

Instructor: DeAnn Singh

Ms. Singh is a renowned calligrapher who has been teachingon the Westside for over 30 years. This quarter we will focus  on Italics. Open to beginning and intermediate students. Materials may be purchased during first class. Look for list at DeAnnSinghCalligraphy.blogspot.com. 18 spots available.

Mondays, October 31 – December 19, 2016 from 10:30am – 1:00pm

$150 per person

MUDWALKING

Instructor: Larry Sarokin

Learn this ancient Chinese exercise prized for its ability to revitalize both your body and mind. (And NO, you don’t walk in mud.) Larry Sarokin has been teaching Mudwalking for five years. Class is co-ed and open to all ages and fitness levels.

Wednesdays, November 2 – December 14, 2016 from 9:30am – 10:30am

$50 per person

MAH JONGG

Instructor: Joyce McShane

Joyce McShane has been teaching the fascinating game of Mah Jongg for over 15 years on the Westside and has won many tournaments. 8 spots will be available and the cost is $150 payable to Sisterhood plus $8 for a Mah Jongg card payable to Ms. McShane.

New session will begin in January 2017. Dates and times to come soon!

WATERCOLOR

Instructor: Timothy Kitz

Mr. Kitz is an accomplished award winning watercolorist and instructor. This class will explore the creative range and technical immediacy of the watercolor medium. 20 spots available.

Tuesdays, November 1 – December 20, 2016 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm

$150 plus $15 materials fee payable to Mr. Kitz at first class.

TAKE YOUR COOKING SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Instructor: Chef Amirsaam Mansouri

Chef Amirsaam Mansouri of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills will teach a series of private cooking classes. Classes will take place this fall at a private home. For dates and pricing information, please contact Kathy Moghimi at dkm126@aol.com.

MELTON


The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Do you have more questions than answers?

Melton invites you to discover a world-class curriculum created by scholars at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Our outstanding faculty helps students gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish, as we explore the texts of our tradition, ancient and contemporary. Our interactive, pluralistic classes are designed for adults at all levels of knowledge and background.

Melton classes offer the “best of the best” in adult learning for the wondering Jew.

There is no homework, no tests, and no prep. You will explore, reflect, question, debate, and (re)discover your Jewish self in a well-rounded and comprehensive course of study in a user-friendly format. You can anticipate spirited dialogue and meaningful study.

Experience Melton. Join the great Jewish conversation!

Wednesdays, September 14, 2016 – May 10, 2017

Visit www.meltonwestvalley.org for more information or to register for classes online. Your questions are welcome! Contact our local Melton Director Pamela Rooks at prooks@stsonline.org to learn more about our stimulating classes for adults.