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Adult Jewish Education Program

Adult Jewish Education at the Jewish Community Centre is a program of interactive, seminar-style Adult Jewish learning. Topics include the full range of Jewish experience: belief, philosophy, arts, culture, history, Israel, and the interface between Judaism and the rest of the world. The courses are pluralistic in nature and provide a comfortable and stimulating environment for Jews from all different backgrounds.

 

Dreamers and Thinkers:

Cultural Zionism and How it Shaped the Israeli Identity

Tuesdays: February 27th & March 6th, 13th & 20th, 2018 9:30am-11:00am

Early Bird Special: Register early and save! Please note that places are limited and will be reserved on a ‘first pay, first served basis’. All reservations received and accepted at least one week prior to the start of the course will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 4-week course is $75/ student (regular fee $85).

Erica Reshef is a local artist and ArtVenture art school owner, where, for the past 10 years, she has been teaching visual arts to children and adults.  She graduated from Teachers’ College Oranim, University of Haifa, followed by a B.Ed. degree from the University of Alberta.

Erica is also known to the London Jewish community for her commissioned Judaic design and painting of Greetings Cards, Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Invitations, Dedications and Ketubahs.

Erica is passionate about 19-20th Century Art History, Traditional Jewish Art and the History of Ashkenazi Jews.  She is also a popular AJE Facilitator and has previously led AJE courses entitled “Israeli Art: In Search of Identity” (twice) and “Yiddish Theatre for the Soul”.

Dreamers and Thinkers: Cultural Zionism and How it Shaped the Israeli Identity

This course will explore the challenges that faced the European Jews at the beginning of the 20th Century in the process of building a unique culture in the land of Israel.  We will consider the various approaches of cultural Zionism by Ehad Ha’am, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Chaim Nachman Bialik and Martin Buber, and discuss the ways each approach contributes to the revival of an ancient culture in the modern world.

 

 

Rock Stars: Jewish Sculptors of the 20th Century

Wednesdays: May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th and June 5th, 2018   9:30-11:00am

Early Bird Special: Register early and save! Please note that places are limited and will be reserved on a ‘first pay, first served basis’. All reservations received and accepted at least one week prior to the start of the course will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 6-week course is $99/ student (regular fee $109).

Sonia Halpern is an Art Historian, and teaches in Western University’s Departments of English and Writing Studies, and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. Sonia has received numerous honours and awards for her teaching, and has been recognized as one of Western’s most “Popular Profs.” She is the author of two collections of poetry, a book of original musical compositions, and multiple academic articles. Her most recent publication reflects her combined interest in issues of Jewish identity and police/correctional institutions, and is entitled “A Yiddishe Cop: Jewish Identity, Police, and Prisoners in Contemporary Law Enforcement,” in The Criminal Humanities, eds. Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi (New York: Peter Lang), 2016.  Sonia has taught courses for AJE since its inception, and has a passion for offering the Jewish perspective on a variety of art historical periods and styles.

Rock Stars: Jewish Sculptors of the 20th Century

This course will examine selected Jewish sculptors of the 20th century in order to understand their significant contributions to the art world generally, and sculpture specifically. Moreover, the course will uncover the extent to which their Jewish identities informed their personal and professional choices, and influenced their aesthetic decisions.

 

 

Calendar

January 2018

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  • Israeli Dancing
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  • Israeli Dancing
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  • JEM-I Do Think We Can Carry On
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  • Israeli Brunch
  • The Last Mentsch
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  • JEM-Anti-Judaism in Contemporary European Culture
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  • Foundation Annual General Meeting
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  • Israeli Dancing
  • JNF Tu Bi'Shevat Family Festival
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  • JEM-If I Were a Rich Man
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  • Tu Bi'Shevat Dinner with Col. Amos Nachmani
  • Tu Bi'Shevat Program with Col. Amos Nachmani