Florence Melton Adult Mini-School

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The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, enables Jewish learners from all backgrounds to learn about our heritage and culture in a challenging and inspiring course of study. If you desire a strong foundation in Jewish learning, and to incorporate that learning into your daily life, then this is the place for you. We invite you to join 18,000 adults in over 60 Mini-Schools throughout the world whose lives have been changes by this internationally acclaimed adult education network.

Melton Community Classes are open to Everyone

The Melton School of Jewish Learning is now registering students for fall classes.  Explore and learn about interesting Jewish topics with other Adults.  There is No homework and No tests.  Begin or continue your journey of Jewish Learning today.  Call Melanie Butter at 614-559-6233 or email mbutter@columbusjcc.org for more information.

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2014-2015 Class Schedule

613  Shades of Grey:  Love and Passion in the Bible

Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Ungar at the JCC College Avenue

Wednesdays:  11/5, 11/19, 12/3

7:15pm – 8:30pm

This mini-session explores marriage, relationships, and the expression of intimacy.  What does Judaism teach about the healthiest ways to express passion?  What does love mean?  What has been decided and what is still debated?  What are the connections between physical passion, love for human beings, and love for G-d?  Study classical Jewish sources which address these questions and relate them to contemporary life. 

$35 JCC members / $45 non members

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A Jewish Response to Illness and Healing

Facilitated by Rabbi Debbie Lefton at the JCC New Albany

Thursdays:  10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11

10am – 11am

Examine and gain deeper understanding of Jewish rituals, observance, and customs related to illness and healing.  From how to be a friend to a friend who is sick, to ethical questions regarding modern medicine, this course will explore and connect Jewish practice to modern illness and healing.

$60 JCC members / $70 non members

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Story Time with Matt

Facilitated by Dr. Matt Goldish at the JCC College Avenue AND JCC New Albany

Tall tales, fairy tales, fables, and more.  Lessons about modern Jewish living from ancient Jewish stories.  Yes, milk and cookies are provided!

JCC College Avenue (Tuesdays):

11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28

*make up session on 5/5 if needed

7pm – 8pm

JCC New Albany (Thursdays):

11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/46, 4/23, 4/30

*make up session 5/7 if needed

11am – 12pm

$200 JCC members / $225 non members

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Ancient Lessons and Modern Reality

Facilitated by Rabbi Benjy Bar Lev at the JCC New Albany

Wednesdays:  10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

10am – 11am

What have we learned through Biblical text, parshas, and Rabbinic guidance that can be applied to today’s reality?  How do Lashon Harah and Facebook intersect?  Why are more of today’s young Jews getting Jewish-themed tattoos?  What would the Bible say about the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage?  Explore the ancient roots of Jewish thought and how we apply history to a very different present day reality.

$80 JCC members / $90 non members

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What Say You?

Facilitated by Rabbi Cary Kozberg at the JCC College Avenue (day and evening sessions offered)

Explore current events and the connection to Jewish theology.  This interactive discussion involves reading and evaluating articles, web blogs, and ads based on Jewish beliefs and Jewish cultural relevance.  Let’s talk about it…what say you?

Tuesday evenings:

11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28

*make up session on 5/5 if needed

8:15pm – 9:15pm

Wednesday mornings:

11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, ¾, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22

*make up session on 4/29 if needed

11am – 12pm

$200 JCC members / $225 non members

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Modern Jews Engage in the New Testament

Facilitated by Rabbi Cary Kozberg at the JCC College Avenue

Mondays:  10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16

*make up sessions on 3/25 if needed

11am – 12pm

A Jewish Understanding of  the New Testament.  We often talk about Jesus and his followers being Jewish, but what about their stories and writings?  How Jewish were they? Looking at the Book of Acts as well as the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John, we will study these works with an eye to understanding them as Jewish writings that preached a Judaism that was both similar, and dissimilar, to the other “Judaisms” of the time. (No previous knowledge is necessary for this class)

$200 JCC members / $225 non members

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Melton at the Movies

Facilitated by Dr. Matt Goldish in the JCC Roth Resler Theater

First Session on 11/23

Sundays, 6pm

View and discuss films from across the globe, all pertaining to Jewish life.  Enjoy a film with friends and an in-depth discussion about history, cultural relevance, and impact on today’s Jewish experience.  New this year:  Purchase your tickets individually to meet your scheduling needs.  Movie information for will be provided one month in advance.

$10 JCC member / $14 non member

Optional boxed dinner (turkey or vegetarian) available for purchase.  Orders must be placed 1 week in advance. 

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Life After Death

Facilitated by Rabbi Cary Kozberg at the JCC College Avenue

Wednesdays:  11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, ¾, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22

*make up session on 4/29 if needed

10am – 11am

Contrary to popular wisdom, Judaism has a long and rich tradition regarding the belief in life after death.  This class will examine what Jewish tradition has taught about this subject, and focus on sources from Jewish philosophy (Maimonides), Kabbalistic writings and teachings from Hasidic sages.   Discussions will link these beliefs to other key Jewish beliefs.  To the end of the course, we will discuss modern ideas about the afterlife and participants will have a chance to “sort out” their own beliefs about this “controversial” subject.

$200 JCC members / $225 non members

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Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living

JCC College Avenue

Instructors:  Dr. Matt Goldish and Rabbi Cary Kozberg

Tuesdays:  11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28       *make up session on 5/5 if needed

Northwest at Congregation Beth Tikvah

Instructors:  Dr. Matt Goldish, Rabbi Rick Kellner

Wednesdays:  10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1  *make up class on 4/8 if necessary

7pm – 9:15pm

Founded in Columbus over 20 ago, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a comprehensive, sequential series of text bases lessons.  Each session forms a thread in a carefully woven fabric which integrates Jewish history, religion, rituatl, language, ethics, philosophy, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish Life.  This copyrighted curriculum was designed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is studied across the globe in five countries.  No homework, no tests, and no prior knowledge required.  This interactive and non-denominational class thrives on group interaction and discussion.  Bring your friends to join the Melton community of learners.

$300 JCC members / $400 non members

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A one-time fee of $75 for course workbook, however this workbook can be shared between partners taking the course together.

*EARLY REGISTRATION BENEFIT!

Register for Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living at either JCC College Avenue or Congregation Beth Tikvah prior to 10/20/14 and receive tickets to JCC Bookfair and Film Festival events on 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 and 11/11

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The JCC is a place that nurtures a passion for Jewish learning and living. Through its programs and services, the JCC provides an inviting Jewish Neighborhood and comfortable place to thrive. Hours: M-Th 5:30 am - 10 pm; Fri 5:30 am - 6 pm; Sat 1:30 - 6 pm; Sun 8 am - 7 pm

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