Water has always been a powerful learning metaphor for the Torah, with the Talmud even encouraging parents to teach their children to swim----and therefore to learn. With this in mind, the Shames JCC has named its two new Judaism classes Dip Your Toe (Judaism 101) and Take a Deep Dive (Judaism 301). These classes will be led by the clergy of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium. The Consortium consists of Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Mishkan Ha’am, Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Beth Shalom, Woodlands Community Temple and the Shames JCC.
Dip Your Toe is for those who are either exploring Judaism for the first time, or who just need a refresher. Taught in a welcoming environment, this 16 session course includes Jewish values, rituals, traditions and holidays.
Take a Deep Dive is a free, monthly drop in session where participants will explore how Jewish rituals and texts relate to contemporary issues and events. Each month, taught by a different RJC clergy, the class welcomes those with existing knowledge or just plain curiosity. Attend for insight, discussion and debate.
Members and non-members are welcome to Schmooze with the Shinshinit. A shinshinit is a young Israeli emissary sent abroad by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government to talk about Israel and Israeli culture. Westchester families are hosting several Shinshinim this year, and on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:00 AM, Shinshinit, Adi, will be at the Shames for coffee and conversation. This free, weekly gathering will focus on Hebrew, personal stories and an open exploration of the relationship with Israel.
Also new this fall, are three Jewish related programs that are part of the popular Renard Series. All programs are on Mondays mornings from 10-11:30 and are open to the public. On October 8th, author Richard L. Rubin will bring to life his famous book, Jews In America: Living George Washington’s Promise. On October 15th, Rahel Musleah relates her personal story as one of Calcutta’s Jews, and on October 22, lecturer Arthur Aldrich discusses whether Philip Roth was a “Self-hating Jew or Insightful Observer”. Following the lecture, “Indignation”, based on Roth’s novel will be shown. Cost is $5 per event.
The Shames JCC will also be continuing their popular Yiddish Conversation and Culture series with two sessions beginning in October and December. Taught by Maddy Simon, a Yiddish speaker with a graduate degree in music, the course covers classic Yiddish literature, music and the language itself. Beginners are welcome.
For more information about all of these programs and to register go to www.shamesjcc.org and click on “adult”.