New Classes for the New Year

December 17, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Through Federation’s Adult Jewish Learning Department, FedEd, adults have the opportunity to study with leading rabbis and scholars to explore the Bible, Talmud, Jewish history, literature, art and ethics. Day and evening classes are available. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building, Bloomfield Hills. Below are some of the classes offered this winter.

From Sinai to Seinfeld: The History of Jewish Humor with Ruth Bergman
Treating Jewish jokes as text, this Melton Scholars course invites students to analyze the concerns and values of the Jewish people buried deep in the words that make us laugh. Monday mornings and evening beginning February 29.

The Fiery and the Fallen: Angels and Demons in Judaism with Dr. Justin Sledge.
Combing through Jewish texts, from the Bible to medieval magical texts, understand the place of angels and demons in our tradition. Monday evenings beginning January 25.

The Book of Genesis: Reading It Again For the First Time with Rabbi Joseph Klein.
This class will be a close reading and discussion of the major Genesis narratives. Monday evenings beginning January 25.

Kingdoms of Heaven, Kingdoms of Hell with Professor Howard Lupovitch.
An exploration into the experiences of the Jewish people as they have lived under the aegis of one kingdom or empire and why some situations worked out better for the Jews than others. Tuesday evenings beginning January 12.

A Psychologist’s Look at the Bible – Husbands, Wives and Lovers with Dr. Mitch Parker.
A look at male/female relationships through the lens of the famous couples of the Tanakh from Adam and Eve through Ahab and Jezebel. Thursday mornings beginning January 7.

Judaism’s 10 Best Foods with Rabbi Ariana Silverman.
Sample some of Judaism’s best known foods as we delve into the Jewish culture(s), values, religious rituals, history and, debates that they represent. Thursday evenings beginning February 4 at Jewish kitchens in the city of Detroit.

World Religions from a Jewish Perspective with Dr. Mitch Parker.
Gain a greater appreciation about what is unique in Judaism as you develop a better understanding of the basic principles of other faith systems. Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 4.

Parsha Plus (Weekly Torah Portion Plus Haftorah) with local Rabbis and Educators.
A unique opportunity to hear from a different rabbi or educator each week as they present the Torah portion from his or her own perspective. Friday mornings beginning January 8.

These are just a few of the courses available to students through Federation’s Adult Jewish Learning Department. Scholarships are available. For more information, or a brochure on all FedEd classes, call (248) 205-2557, email feded@jfmd.org, or go to jewishdetroit.org/feded.

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