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PAGE 6B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH The Judaic Studies pro- gram at the University of Central Florida will offer seven courses in the upcom- ing fall semester, which begins August 23. The program will offer these courses: Elementa- ry Modern Hebrew Language and Culture I, The Book of Job, Dead Sea Scrolls, The History of the Jewish People I, History of the Holocaust, Tenets of Judaism, Identity and Genre. Following is a course description: Elementary Modern He- brew Language and Culture I - Elementary Modern He- brew for the first semester is a four-credit course designed to teach major language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to introduce the student to Israeli culture and Jewish civilization. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Hebrew alphabet is re- quired. The course is open to students and members of the community who have had no background in Hebrew. Dora Avni will be teaching two sections of this course in the Fall semester. The first will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 4:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. in room MOD9 101. The second will be held on Tues- day and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. in Module 11, room 106. The Book of Job - This three- credit course is a study of the Book of Job in transla- tion. It will focus on biblical and post-biblical views of evil, human suffering, divine jus- tice, and religious devotion. The course explores the Book of Job as literature, ethics, and the theology of human protest, faith, and recovery, in face of adversity. How dowe reconcile the predominance of evil with the traditional faith in an omnipotent and benevolent God? How do we explain and deal with human suffering -- our own and oth- ers'? Dr. Kenneth Hanson will be teaching this course. It is scheduled to meet on Tues- day and Thursday from 12: 00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Engineering building, room 227. Dead Sea Scrolls - This three-credit course will provide a broad overview of the manuscript finds of the Judean desert, particularly from the caves in the vicin- ity known as Khirbet Qumran, from 1947 to the present. This course will examine the liter- ary and historical context of these manuscripts and frag- ments, which comprise averi- table"library"of ancient texts. The course will also consider the relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, within a broad socio- religious framework, dealing with such topics as compara- tive religion and the "roots" of rabbinic Judaism, Christi- anity, and Islam. Finally, the course will highlight more recent controversies and debates over the publication and interpretation of the scrolls. Dr. Kenneth Hanson is teaching this course and it will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Module 9, room 102. The History of the Jew- ish People I - A historical, cultural and religious survey of the Jewish people from its inception in the Biblical era through the Greco-Roman and rabbinic periods. The course will examine such topics as the literature of the Bible, Biblical law, prophecy and ethics, Babylonian exile, post-Biblical Judaism, second Commonwealth Judaism, the Oral and Written Law, the Mishnah and the Talmud. Dr. Kenneth Hanson is teaching this course on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in the Communications build- ing, room 108. History of the Holocaust - This course is a comprehen- sive study 6f the Holocaust with an emphasis on the his- torical rootsofanti-Semitism. In addition to the antecedents of the Holocaust, the social, economic, and political unrest which marked post World War I Germany is examined. This study divides the Holocaust years, 1933-1945, into two distinct periods: the first, 1933-1939, encompasses the persecution of German Jews within the context of the pre- vailing German legal system; and the second, 1939-1945; marks the systematic anni- hilation of Jews in Europe. The scope and the meaning of this event in human history is discussed and analyzed. Dr. Kenneth Hanson is teaching this course on Monday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in the Classroom 1 building, room 122. Tenets of Judaism - This course is a study of the basic tenets of Judaism as they have evolved from ancient times to today, including the values, practices and beliefs that define Judaism as a religious civilization. The course of studywill involve a multi-level approach using both primary and secondary sources. Zena Sulkes will be teaching this course on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in the Math and Physics build- ing, room 359. Identity and Genre - This course is a study of repre- sentative literary works (in translation) in a variety of major literary genres which prevailed in the 18th- and 19th-century Hebrew and Jewish literature as related to the intellectual quest for Jewish identity and modern- ism. The following genres will be examined: satire, epistolary fiction, autobiography, biog- raphy, dialogues of the dead, fables, religious disputa- tions, pseudepigrapha (or pseudo-biblical writings), the travelogue, and utopia, They include genres that prevailed in contemporary European literatures, as well as many inherently Judaic genres which emulate existing genres in the classical Jewish litera- ture such as biblical writings and medieval disputations. Forms, styles and themes re- lated to the emerging Jewish Enlightenment will be exam- ined. Dr. Moshe Pelli will be teaching this Honors course. It is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in The Burnett Honors College, room 128. Registration for non-Honors students requires instructor's approval. The Judaic Studies Pro- gram is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program, located in the Office of Liberal and Interdisciplin- ary Studies, in the College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Judaic Studies courses as a Minor or Electives: Students may take the courses as elec- tives or as required courses to satisfy requirements for a Minor in Judaic Studies (18 credits of upper division courses). Judaic Studies Certificate: Certificate in Judaic Stud- ies is available for students completing 5 courses in Judaic Studies. Foreign Language Require= ments: Hebrew language courses may satisfy foreign language requirements. Liberal Studies - Minor in Judaic Studies: Liberal Stud- ies students are encouraged to take a Minor in Judaic Studies. Religious Studies, Humani- ties Minor, or Middle East Studies Minor: Students who take a Minor in Reli- gious Studies, Humanities, or Middle encouraged in Judaic gree StudentS: the the courses as students or courses. required of dents; call office at details. TuitiOn Fee Senior CitizenS: years of age meet quirements classes Seniors Scaglione at (lscaglio@rn Kelb ( obtain advance. ies or ing address Program, Un tral Florida, Orlando students can Judaic website at judaic studies. Regular registration arrangement communit the need of for reg August 23. re The Religious School at Congregation Bet Chaim in Casseiberry provides a di- verse, ever-changing educa- tional experience for students beginning at age 6 and in first grade. Until last year, formal study ended with Bar/Bat Mitzvah. But this year, the school offers post-mitzvah studies for teens, as well as Adult Education. Education focuses on inter- active lessons in an informal environment. Students cover two major topics during the year. Each class holds a"shul- in" that includes hands-on ac- tivities that are both fun and related to the class's studies. A family atmosphere is created with the inclusion ofparentsas assistants during class timeon Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Together, parents and their children learn the struc- At Congregation of Liberal Judaism, the synagogue goal is to help provide pre- schoolers through adults with the tools they need tobe able to make decisions about how to live Jewish lives. In The Temples of West Volusia (Temple Shalom of Deltona and Temple Israel of DeLand) religious school is having a movie day with an open house and religious school registration. tureofthe Friday nightservice, which fosters appreciation of Jewish tradition. In this way, they are able to regularly serve as leaders of our Shabbat wor- ship services. One goal of Bet Chaim's program is to enable each child to embrace his or her Judaism, to enhance within each child a sense of con- nectedness to the richness of Jewish history and traditions. Bet Chaim believes that the child who has a positive Jewish self- identity, who is truly com- fortable with his or her Jewish being, is one who will choose to live a Jewish life long after leaving the religious school classroom. The arts and crafts, cooking, music, dra- ma, and field trips that make up a large part of Bet Chaim's Religious Schoo!program all work toward creating lovers of I a friendly environment that fosters a desire to question and learn, CtJ's education department offers a number of pre-school programs, religious school classes for students in grades K - 7, and The school will show the movie "Shrek" on Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Temple Shalom, 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deitona. The movie is free and open to the public. The group will Judaism. The school says that children who are inspired by interactivity with the story of Judaism learn to be curi- ous, to recognize moments that are spiritually fulfilling, and to become functioning, responsible adults mindful of their responsibility to Judaisnfs continuity. The Religious School's vari- ety of library books creates "a wonderful source of discussion topics that encourage creative thinking and enable students to take ownership of the ma- terial presented." The library provides opportunities for readers on all levels to deepen their Jewish knowledge. "Daily encounters with both Jewish and secular studies are abso- lutely essential for children to become confident and compe- tent in their Jewish studies," says Bet Chaim. "Daily interac- tion with basic skills reduces the need for reiteration of previously-encountered work and provides stability." Participation in Bet Chaim's Adult Basic Judaism class, as well as in the Adult Beginners Hebrew class, will assist par- ents in their interaction with their children from a Jewishly knowledgeable position. The congregation believes that this parental involvement will allow progress to be made and guarantees continuity. In an ongoing effort to in- volve families in its religious school, Bet Chaim tries to fos- ter "a heymishe classroom, a homey classroom--one in which students find warmth, caring, trust, comfort, safety and connection. Heymishe classrooms grow out of heymishe schools. It begins with the principal. a a variety of adult education andthf, irfamiliesfmm 5:30-6 programs; on the first Friday of the Tot Shabbat and Mish- pachah Time will be return- ing to the schedule again this year. Tot Shabbat is a Friday night service for pre-schoolers also be having an open house and registration for the religious school. Re- freshments will be sold. For more information, contact Lisa Scherr at 789-9578 or twvschool@yahoo.com. month, every other month, and beginning on August 6. This service, led by Rabbi Engel and Cantorial Intern Jacqueline Rawiszer, combines prayer, music, dance, and sto- rytelling.Another opportunity for parents and children to ex- plore their Judaism together is Mishpachah Time, which meets one Sunday a month. Topics range from Jewish holi- days to Bible stories to Jewish values. In addition to the learn- ing activities during class, participants will be provided witha monthly newsletter that includes information, books to share, and related activities for the home. Teachers who are nurtured, respected, acknowledged and loved are teachers who set the same tone for classrooms, lunchrooms, and playgrounds. A heymishe classroom is one in which children learn and live Jewish values because the teacher provides Jewish ways to express feelings and ideas, Jewish ways to behave, to talk, to think. A heymishe classroom is one in which the teacher has apersonal connec- tion with each child. People need to know each other. The teacher must not be a mystery person. The teacher looks dif- ferent when he or she is seen as a human being. A heymishe classroom is one in which all students feel welcome andval- ued. Teachers should stand at the door to greet every student (and parent), every session, with a smile and a personal CLJ's students between the ages of kindergarten through seventh grade return to Religious School - on Sunday, August 15. The school offers students the opportunity to be part of a Jewish community that celebrates holidays and life cycle events together, while also learning about Jewish life. At each grade level, and culminating in the school's exciting seventh grade Mitzvah Corps curriculum, students are given the oppor- tunity to put their learning into practice. CLJ says, "Jewish Edu- cation it's not just for children." The congregation offers "many fun and interest- comment. at the session to say a~' I'hitra'ot." Religious Sundays p.m at Suite 153. Family will be held on 15 from 10 a.n , on Bet Hwy 17-92. For more garding relil plication membership, gation's chaim.org, at religioU: ing classes This els, cooking parenting classes liturgy, offered either ings or and will October. . For more these education, or e-mail her orlando.org.