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Full Year Courses 2016-17

Mondays: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels and Rabbi Reuven Cohn: Me'ah - Tanakh and Rabbinics (Year 1 of 2)

Mondays: Karyn Spero - Sefer Devarim (Book of Deuteronomy): At Journey's End

Mondays: Sabrina Burger - The Art of Parenting: Study and Practice

Tuesdays: Atarah Gale - Sefer Melachim Aleph (Book of Kings I): The Making of the Davidic Dynasty

Tuesdays: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels - Sefer Shoftim (Book of Judges): Leadership Amidst Lawlessness

 

Sefer Melachim Aleph (Book of Kings I): The Making of the Davidic Dynasty

Atarah Gale

 

Tuesdays

1-3pm

21 sessions: November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 3, 31; February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Home of Joyce Wertheimer home (55 Rawson Rd. in Brookline)

 

$420

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Open to women only.

 

Join us as we continue our in-depth study of Prophets with Sefer Melachim Aleph (the Book of Kings I), which chronicles the establishment of the Davidic dynasty and the split of the unified monarchy in Israel.  We will begin our exploration with the final four chapters of the Book of Samuel which summarize the foundations of kingship in Israel and serve as a segue to the establishment of the Davidic dynasty with the reign of King Solomon. We will follow King Solomon’s attempts to create an ideal society, only to watch it slip away from him and ultimately fail. How does a person blessed with all the qualities that were needed to succeed allow the monarchy to become fractured in one mere generation? We will learn about the split monarchies of Israel and Judah and their struggle against each other for power.

 

In each session, students will have the opportunity to study the text in small groups with the aid of the instructor. The remainder of the class will be a group lecture with discussion, focusing on a close reading of the biblical text and related commentaries. This course will aspire to be welcoming and accessible to students of all levels. Please bring a Tanakh with you.

 

Atarah Gale has taught at Stern College, Drisha Institute, Hebrew College and at Maimonides School, where she was Tanakh Department Chair and ran the Bible Contest program. She coached three students who competed on the International level in Jerusalem. Atarah is also involved in teaching at Kadimah-Toras Moshe, where she served on the executive board as Vice President. She earned her B.Ed. from Michlala College for Women in Jerusalem and has completed her course work towards a Ph.D. in Bible at Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School.

 

“I really like moving steadily through Tanakh with Atarah.” – Joyce Wertheimer

 

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Sefer Devarim (Book of Deuteronomy): At Journey’s End

Karyn Spero

 

Mondays

7:45-9:00pm

19 sessions: October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3

 

Young Israel of Brookline (62 Green St.)

$380

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Open to women only.

 

Unique in its perspective and structure, the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) recounts Moshe’s farewell address to the Israelites as they stand on the doorstep of the Land of Israel. In this course, we will engage in a literary analysis of the biblical text and explore related commentaries, seeking to understand Moshe’s parting words. In the first half of the course, we will explore the lessons that are embedded throughout his purposeful recounting of select historical events from the Israelites’ forty-year journey, as well as his teachings on matters of theology and nationhood.  In the second half of our course, we will focus on the laws that Moshe teaches in his final months, paying close attention to new mitzvot as well as mitzvot which are repeated and expounded upon. Finally, we will discuss the ways in which the messages in Moshe’s farewell address are as relevant to our lives today as they were to his people to whom he was saying goodbye. This course will aspire to be welcoming and accessible to students of all levels.

 

Karyn Spero has an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University with a focus on Second Temple Judaism.  Following her B.A. from Stern College, she studied for three years at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York.  Before moving to Boston, Karyn taught Tanakh in the Women’s Beit Midrash of the Torat Tzion Kollel in Cleveland. She taught Tanakh on the high school level at Gann Academy in Waltham and is currently teaching Tanakh at Maimonides High School, where she also develops educational programming as part the Student Life Team.

 

“Wow, what a dynamic, smart, engaging teacher! Karyn Spero’s love of her subject is contagious.” - Temima Cohen

 

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Sefer Shoftim (Book of Judges): Leadership Amidst Lawlessness

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

 

Tuesdays

7:30-8:45pm

8 sessions: November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 13, 20; January 3, 10

 

Shaarei Tefillah (35 Morseland Ave. in Newton)

 

$160

Shaarei members come for FREE

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Open to men and women.

 

Co-sponsored by Maayan and Congregation Shaarei Tefillah.

 

After the conquest and settlement of the Land of Israel (as told in the Book of Joshua) but before the first kings were appointed and anointed (in the Book of Samuel), charismatic leaders arose from time to time to lead the people against adversaries and their own worst natures.  The people of Israel were fragmented by tribe and loose confederation and had not yet been galvanized into a united nation.  In this course, we will study the biblical book of Shoftim (Judges) which tells the stories of this interim period of leadership amidst lawlessness.  This course will aspire to be welcoming and accessible to students of all levels. Please bring a Hebrew-English Tanakh and either a Mikraot Gedolot Shoftim or the Rubin Edition of Joshua and Judges (Artscroll).

 

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah of Newton Centre, received his ordination, B.A. in English literature, and Masters degrees in Bible and Medieval Jewish History from Yeshiva University. A Master Teacher for Ma’ayan and long-time faculty member, he is pursuing a doctorate in Science, Philosophy and Religion at Boston University.

 

“Rabbi Samuels designs his courses to be accessible and interesting to all levels. His teaching is well-organized, intellectually rigorous and synthesizes Jewish sources with a mastery of science and Western thought.” - Harvey Mamon

 

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The Art of Parenting: Study and Practice

Sabrina Burger

 

Mondays

8:15-9:30 am

16 sessions: Sept. 26, Oct. 15th (please email parenting@maayan.org for details), Oct. 31; Nov. 14, 28; Dec. 12; Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 6, 27; March 13, 27; April 24; May 8, 22; and June 5

 

Rotates in private homes: once a month in Brookline/Newton and once a month in Sharon.

First session will meet at the home of Joanne Rose, 54 Blake Rd. in Brookline.

 

$320

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Open to women only.

 

In this course, we will study a diverse array of texts -- biblical, rabbinic and chassidic -- mining them for insights about what it means to be a Jewish mother. In chevruta (learning pairs), we will grapple with the questions that spring up from our texts, endeavoring to apply them in our everyday lives to become the parents that we want to be. We will supplement our study with practice, taking time to design and apply at home the practical steps necessary to internalize our learning. Students will form a community of learning and supporting mothers. This course will aspire to be welcoming and accessible to students of all levels.

 

Sabrina Burger lived in Israel for 12 years. She received her B.A. in English and Art History at Hebrew University and attended the Bezalel School of Art and Design. She studied rabbinic texts and chassidic philosophy at the Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Studies and Midreshet Bat Ayin. A dynamic educator, Sabrina has taught adults for CJP, Hebrew College, Ma'ayan and in private classes, where she integrates Torah learning and parenting skills.

 

"We all adore Sabrina. The material is amazing and her style of teaching is so open. I love that we are creating a community of mothers and learners." - Joanne Rose

 

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Me’ah: Tanakh and Rabbinics (Year 1 of 2)

Featuring Rabbi Benjamin Samuels and Rabbi Reuven Cohn

 

A short application is request to enroll in the Me'ah program. Please click here to download the form.

 

$700/year

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Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

25 sessions: October 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22

Hosted and co-sponsored by the Young Israel of Brookline (62 Green St. in Brookline).

Supported by CJP

 

Open to men and women.

 

Over 3,500 adults in Boston and elsewhere have benefitted from Me'ah, a program of Hebrew College which asks students to commit to 100 hours worth of Jewish learning over the course of 2 years. This Me'ah Classic curriculum is a whirlwind journey through Jewish history, culture and civilization. The program seeks to acquaint students with the personalities, foundational beliefs and animating ideas that are alive in the pages of our religious texts: from the Tanakh to the Talmud to the present day. Year 1 will cover the Biblical and Rabbinic periods. Year 2 will cover the Medieval and Modern periods. This is a survey course and it does not assume that students have any Hebrew language skills. It is geared for beginners as well as students with more learning experience but who lack a systematic and holistic grasp of Jewish intellectual history.

 

RABBI BENJAMIN SAMUELS, Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah of Newton Centre, received his ordination, B.A. in English literature, and Masters degrees in Bible and Medieval Jewish History from Yeshiva University. A Master Teacher for Ma’ayan and long-time faculty member, he is pursuing a doctorate in Science, Philosophy and Religion at Boston University.