Online Classes

CY Spring: Together Through Torah

Making Meaning in a Disordered World: the Biblical Elisha with Bex Stern-Rosenblatt, 04/20, 04/23, 04/27, 04/30 and 05/04 at 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time)
  • Lecturer: Mid-Atlantic Faculty-in-Residence of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem Bex Stern-Rosenblatt

    Making Meaning in a Disordered World: the Biblical Elisha

    Elisha’s story begins when he loses his mentor, Elijah, to a fiery whirlwind, despite his best efforts to prevent the loss.  We’ll follow his footsteps, watching him confront and attempt to tame a hostile world. As we read his stories, we’ll grapple with legacy, power, and moral ambiguity, as well as magic sticks, bears, and clever lepers.

    When? 12 PM – 1 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time) on 04/20, 04/23, 04/27, 04/30 and 05/04

    Come for one class or all five! This course works as a series and as individual classes.

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Israel's History Through Sports with the Sports Rabbi, Rabbi Joshua Halickman 04/26, 04/28 and 05/03 at 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time)
  • Lecturer: The Sports Rabbi – Rabbi Joshua Halickman

    Israel’s Historty Through Sports 

    Modern Day State of Israel through the lens of Israeli Sports  04/26

    Rabbi Joshua Halickman A.K.A The Sports Rabbi connects people of all ages and backgrounds creating a bond between the modern-day Jewish State from its illustrious past, wonderful present and enticing future. Take a trip through time beginning in the late 1800’s with the first Jewish Sports Club to its connection with the Holocaust, the declaration of the State of Israel and European Glory as we delve into the impact that sports has on the country and beyond!

    Crossing Paths between Sports and Jewish Tradition 04/28

    From Kabbalat Shabbat with hockey royalty at the Western Wall to reading Megillat Esther with the Israel National Team on a Boeing 737, The Sports Rabbi will share how Sports and Judaism intersect in everyday life.

    Israeli Sports Potpourri 05/03

    Join us to hear some great stories about the pioneers of Blue & White sports who immigrated to the Holy Land to make a difference in their field of dreams.

    When? 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time) on 04/26, 04/28 and 05/03

    Come for one class or all three! This course works as a series and as individual classes.

The Last Decade: Israel 2010-2020 with Peta Jones Pellach, 04/29, 05/06 and 05/13 at 10 AM Israel Time
  • Lecturer: Peta Jones Pellach teacher in Oded Continuing Education Program

    The Last Decade: Israel 2010-2020

    An in-depth look at the events, the issues and the people that have shaped Israel in the past decade and are likely to leave their marks into the 2020s.

    When? 10 AM Israel Time (3 AM EDT) on 04/29, 05/06 and 05/13

    Come for one class or all three! This course works as a series and as individual classes.

Text, Homeland and Diaspora — Exploring Jewish Identity with Rabbi Shoshana Cohen 04/30, 05/07 and 05/14 at 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time)
  • Lecturer: Rabbi Shoshana Cohen a member of Faculty at the Conservative Yeshiva

    Text Homeland and Diaspora — Exploring Jewish Identity Between Geography, Narrative and Peoplehood. 

    When? 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time) on 04/30, 05/07 and 05/14.

Connecting Through Stories, with Anna Yaphe Levine on 05/05 at 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time)

Lecturer: award-winning children’s book author Anna Yaphe Levine 

Connecting Through Stories

Are you missing your loved ones? Join award-winning children’s book author Anna Yaphe Levine in a lesson dedicated to stories and how they can bring us closer. In the session, we will learn how stories work, write a bit of our own story and even get to listen to one of Anna’s stories about an archeological dig. For all who are young at heart and love a good story, this lesson is for you – join us!

When? 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time)

Law, Love and Power: Rabbinic Stories, a battle ground between Law and Literature with Alieza Salzberg Yizhar 05/05, 05/12, 05/19, and 05/26 at 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time)

Lecturer: Alieza Salzberg Yizhar Teaches Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva

Law, Love and Power: Rabbinic Stories, a battle ground between Law and Literature

When? 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time) on 05/05, 05/12, 05/19, and 05/26

ROCK AND ROLL MIDRASH: Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with Dr. Stephen Arnoff 05/6, 05/13, 05/20 and 05/27 at 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time)
  • Lecturer: Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center CEO, Dr. Stephen Arnoff

ROCK AND ROLL MIDRASH: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

Where do visionaries of rock and roll and the wisdom of ancient texts meet in times of fear, isolation, and the radical disruption of life as we knew it before COVID-19. Jewish teachers have been employing midrash — the art of probing sacred text for deeper meaning — for thousands of years. We add the music of Springsteen, Dylan, and Cohen to the mix to learn even more.
Leonard Cohen, Going Home Without My Sorrow 05/6 and 05/13
Hear how Leonard Cohen uses the Jewish canon as a looking glass for feelings of isolation, longing, and love. This is the story of the cohen ha-gadol — a High Priest of popular culture — making broken hearts whole.

Bob Dylan, About Man and God and Law  05/20 and 05/27

Bob Dylan launched the rock and roll revolution, and, along with much of his audience, came of age with a new sense of what it means to be a Jew in modern times. He’s been called a prophet. Let’s find out if this is true.

When? 05/6, 05/13, 05/20 and 05/27 at 1:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM Israel Time)

Nice Girls Don’t Make History! The daughters of Lot, Tamar, and Ruth with Vered Hollander-Goldfarb 05/12, 05/19, 05/26 at 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time)
  • Lecturer: Vered Hollander-Goldfarb a member of Faculty at the Conservative Yeshiva and teacher in Oded Continuing Education Program

    Nice Girls Don’t Make History!

    A child at any price? Even out of wedlock? Even if it involves incest? Three biblical women seem to answer ‘yes’ to these questions: The daughters of Lot, Tamar, and Ruth. What do

    they have in common? Mashiach will come from their lines. Over three weeks leading up to Shavuot we will study their stories.

    Week one 05/12: The Daughters of Lot – Between destruction and Mashiach

    Week two 05/19: Tamar and Yehudah – When acting socially wrong seems right

    Week three 05/26: Ruth – the night at the threshing floor – what happened?

    When? 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time), 05/12, 05/19, 05/26

The Book of Judges with Bex Stern-Rosenblatt, 05/07, 05/14, and 05/21 at 2 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time)

Lecturer: Mid-Atlantic Faculty-in-Residence of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem Bex Stern-Rosenblatt

The Book of Judges

When? 2 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time) on 05/07, 05/14, and 05/21

Come for one class or all three! This course works as a series and as individual classes.

Shavuot – the forgotten holiday with Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, 05/19, 05/26 at 10:45 AM Israel Time
  • Lecturer: Rabbi Vernon Kurtz teacher in Oded Continuing Education Program

Shavuot – the forgotten holiday

Of the three pilgrimage holidays Shavuot is the least well-known and observed. It pales even in comparison to the minor holidays on the Jewish calendar such as Hanukkah and Purim. In our two sessions together we will study the origins of the holiday, its customs and traditions and its significance for today.

When? 10:45 AM Israel Time, 05/19, 05/26

Two Lessons for Shavuot with Dr. Joshua Kulp, 05/17, 05/24 at 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time)

Lecturer: Head of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem Dr. Joshua Kulp

May 17: “How Do We Know the Torah was Given on Shavuot”

May 24: “The Festival of Shavuot in Second Temple Texts”

When? 12 PM EDT (7 PM Israel Time) 05/17 and 05/24

All classes are free

and take place live in real-time via Zoom.

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