Lunch & Learn Series Archive

NoVA Lunch & Learn
Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 pm

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (library)
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 

12-12:30 lunch
12:30-1:30 study

The Origins of the Israelites, Part ll; Their Egyptian Background
Paul Forbes, Historian
May 6, 13, 20, 2008 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Sin, Punishment and Divine Justice in the Hebrew Bible
Gideon Amir, Biblical Scholar
June 3, 17, 24, 2008 Note: Class conducted from 12:10 – 1:30 pm

The Evolution of the Creation Stories in the Bible
Gideon Amir, Biblical Scholar
July 8, 15, 22, 2008 Note: Class conducted from 12:10 – 1:30

Messengers of G-d by Elie Wiesel
Rabbi Bruce Aft
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2008
This class will serve as a journey through the Bible with Adam, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. Wiesel’s portrayal of these Biblical characters will help us prepare for the High Holidays.

Hebrew Prophets’ Timeless Teaching: Hosea, Amos, Micah, and Isaiah’s Common Focus
John Rybicki
October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2008
This class will explore these four prophets’ focus on society’s excesses, the need for change and the meaning of their thoughts from an interfaith perspective.

Our Matriarch’s Voices through Midrash
Rabbi David Kalender
December 2, 9, 16, 2008
Note: Class will be taught from 12:15-1:45 pm
This class will take a different approach to biblical study. As the Torah voices are those of the patriarchs, this course will look to Midrash to discover the voices of our beloved Biblical matriarchs.

Rockville Lunch & Learn Series

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD

12:15-12:30 pm lunch
12:30-1:30 pm study

Rabbinic Views of Humility and Hubris
Rabbi Jonathan Perlman
September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2008
This class will include a close reading of rabbinic stories based on the provocative book Tractate Men by Admiel Kosman, a Talmud professor at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Kosman explores the rabbinic mindset as it relates to issues of strength, power, humility and “otherness.”

Coping Skills in the Bible and Applying them in Today’s World
Aviva Tessler
THURSDAYS October 16, 23, 30, 2008
This class will blend Aviva Tessler’s expertise as a marriage and family therapist with her scholarship in Judaism to offer a unique look at different Biblical characters and how they managed to cope with challenges in their lives.

The Journey from Sukkot to Thanksgiving
Avi West
October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2008
This class will explore themes and rituals from Sukkot and how they can be used to construct a Jewishly-framed Thanksgiving family celebration. The final session will include a group collaboration to create a Thanksgiving

Questions that Matter
Erica Brown
November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 2008
This class will examine the views of four influential medieval Jewish philosophers on suffering, doubt, happiness and the “good life” as it helps challenge our contemporary notions of these important topics. “seder.”

Downtown Lunch & Learn

The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street, NW.
(Chinatown metro stop on the Red Line)

12:15-12:30 pm lunch
12:30-1:30 pm study

Four Approaches to Interpreting the Torah: Rashi, Ba’al Ha’turim, Malbim, and Aviva Zornberg
Ben Mintz
September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2008
This class will explore four different paths to the understanding of the words of the Torah: the plain meaning, the mystical meaning, the philosophical meaning and the psychological meaning.

Torah Readings for the Holiday Season: Why We Read What We Read
Rabbi Joel Tessler
October 16, 23, 30, 2008
This class will explore the beautiful texts read during the High Holiday season, analyze their historical context and weave together various traditional commentaries to give the words context and meaning.

King David: The Women of His Life
Rabbi Max Ticktin
November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 2008
This class will trace the characterization of David through his relationships with Michal, Abigail, Bathsheba, Tamar and the “wise women.”