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Sisterhood Members-$54; Men-$54; Non-Sisterhood Members-$72 

No classes: Thanksgiving, November 27, 2019; Winter Break, December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020; and Passover Holiday,  April 8, 2020 and April 15, 2020. 


BIBLICAL STORIES THAT SHAPED JUDAISM AND THE WORLD. The Bible is the bestselling book in the world every single year! And yet there are so many stories that lie within it of which we are unaware. In this class, we will continue to explore the Bible's most interesting, insightful, and curious stories in order to appreciate what they teach and the influence they exerted. Rabbi Jonathan Bernhard is Senior Rabbi at Adat Ari El where he has led the congregation for many years. Rabbi Bernhard attended the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and is a native New Yorker. We are delighted that Rabbi Bernhard will continue teaching us about Torah and other texts in his enthusiastic, sensitive, and thought-provoking manner. 

CREATION MYTHS. Every civilization has them! They are endlessly fascinating as they can reveal what we most want to believe about the universe, and hint at what the purpose of life could be. These master stories often express a culture’s priorities and disclose vastly different concepts of a Creator/s (or lack thereof). Please join us as we explore, contrast, and delight in ancient and modern creation myths and genesis stories! Perhaps it will even cast our own Torah creation account in a new light… Rabbi Jessica Yarkin currently serves as Associate Rabbi at Adat Ari El and attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University where she was ordained. She interned at Adat Ari El before ordination, and returned as a pulpit rabbi a few years later. 

MEDIEVAL, EARLY MODERN, AND MODERN JEWISH HISTORY. In this class we will examine the history of the Jewish people beginning in the Medieval period through the turn of the century. We will compare how Jewish communities fared under Christianity and under Islam from 600 C.E. to the mid 1700's and, moving into the modern period, how the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment, c.1780) challenged traditional Judaism, changing the dynamics of Jewish life both in Europe and America. Rabbi Mark Goodman serves as spiritual leader at Valley Beth Israel in Sun Valley, California. He has taught Jewish History classes at the American Jewish University and is an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches Jewish History and Religion. He earned his B.A. in English from UCLA, obtained an M.A. in Music from California State University Los Angeles, earned an M.A. in Jewish Studies and Rabbinics, and received his ordination at the Academy of Jewish Religion as a Cantor and Rabbi. He is currently completing his doctorate in Jewish Studies from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. 

SPEAKER SERIES: Guest speakers will be scheduled as available on an array of subjects. 

WRITING CLUB: Susie Katz will facilitate the members of the class in writing their never-to-be forgotten memories and experiences. This class has been ongoing for many years. 


Stay to play. Mah Jongg will be available whenever afternoon classes are not scheduled. 

For Futher Information: 

Rosalee Pechersky, Co-VP of Education (818) 360-0437 

Susie Katz, Co-VP of Education (818) 995-0391 

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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