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PAGE 6B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 Ten courses offered this fall at UCF Judaic Studies The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Central Florida will offer 10 courses in the upcoming fall semester, which begins Aug. 18, 2014. The courses to be offered are: Elementary Modern Hebrew I and II, Intermediate Modern Hebrew I, Tenets of Judaism, 20th Century Jewish History and Thought, History of the Holocaust, Modern Israeli Culture, Jewish People in An- tiquity (formerly The History of Jewish People I), Notable Women in Jewish History, and Introduction of Modernism into Judaism. Elementary Modern He- brew Language and Culture I is designed to continue the study of modern Hebrew; increase proficiency in conversation, reading and writing skills, and further expose students to Israeli culture. Elementary Modern Hebrew II or equiva- lent is prerequisite. The course will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first section at 1:30 p.m. in Classroom Build- ing I, room, 220. The course will be taught by Sanford Olshansky. Elementary Modern He- brew Language and Culture II for the second semester is designed to teach major language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to introduce the student to Israeli culture and Jewish civilization. First semester Hebrew or its equivalent is prerequisite. The course is open to students and mem- bers of the community who have had some background in Hebrew, equivalent to one semester. This course will be taught by Sanford Olshansky on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building room, 109. Intermediate Modern He- brew I is a third level of Hebrew and will provide increased proficiency, as well as advanced reading and writing skills. Students must have taken Hebrew levels I and II prior to enrollment in the course. This course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Business Administ,ation I, room 110. Sanford Olshansky will teach this course. Tenets of Judaism is astudy visit our hidden gem in the corner of Seminole County.' Congregation Beth .Am . House & Registration Sunday, lOth pm Intimate young families ; Excellent (Pre-K - 7th grade) programs Mitzvah preparation Care Team ] Men's Club Book & Movie Club ] Mitzvah Brigade ] In-house Simcha catering . For more visit us on the wel. of the basic tenets of Judaism as they have evolved from an- cient times to the modern era, including the values, practices and beliefs that define Judaism as a religious civilization. The course of study will involve a multi-level approach using both primary and secondary sources. Julia Phillips Berger will teach this web-based course. 20th Century Jewish His- tory and Thought is a study of philosophers such as Buber, Rosenzweig, Kaplan, Heschel, Borowitz, Solovechik, within the historical context of Euro- pean immigration to the U.S. Julia Phillips Berger will teach this web-based course. Jewish People in Antiquity (formerly The History of Jew- ish People I) is 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 will teach this course as a mediated course on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in Classroom Building I, room 220. Modern Israeli Culture is designed to teach about the development of the State of Israel: political and ideological struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel, with em- phasis on forces which shaped contemporary Israeli society and politics, its culture, litera- ture, and science. (Knowledge of Hebrew notrequired). Dr. Kenneth Hanson will teach this course as a mediated course on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Business Administration I, room 221. Notable Women in Jewish Historywill examine, through films and text, the historical and cultural role of women in Judaism from the biblical age to the present. Women discussed in the course will include Eve, Deborah the prophetess, the daughters of Rashi, Golda Meir, and other leaders associated with Jewish history. The course will also discuss the present and future of Jewish Women in America. Julia Phillips Berger will teach this web-based course. History of the Holocaust is a comprehensive study of the Holocaust with an emphasis on the historical roots of anti- Semitism. In addition to the antecedents of the Holocaust, the social, economic, and po- litical unrest, which marked post World War I Germany, will be 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 prevailing Ger- man legal system; and the second, 1939-1945, marks the systematic annihilation of Jews in Europe. The scope and the meaning of this event in human history is discussed and analyzed. Dr. Ken Hanson will teach this course on Tues- days and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Business Administration I, room 221. IntroductionofModemism intoJudaismwill introduce the transition from traditional Ju- daism to modern Judaism in the 18th century, as epitomized by Moses Mendelssohn andwriters of the Jewish Enlightenment (in translation). The coursewill examineviews of major Hebrew and Jewish Enlightenment figures and the manifestations ofmodemismin theirwritings. Attention will be given to new trends in modem Judaism such as secularism, religious re- form, the formation of various branches of Judaism, and the advent of Jewish nationalism. Dr. Moshe Pelli will instruct this course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in the Bumett Honors College, room 129. Students may take the listed courses as electives or as required courses to satisfy requirements for a minor in Judaic Studies with 18 - 20 credits of upper division cours- es (JST) and including Hebrew courses (HBR) as per the new 2013-2014 catalog listing. A Certificate in Judaic Studies is also available for students com- pleting 5 courses (15 credits) in Judaic Studies. The foreign language requirements may be satisfied with Hebrew language courses. Interdisci- plinary Studies students are encouraged to take a minor in Judaic Studies. Students who take a minor in Religious Studies, Humanities, orMiddle East Studies are encouraged to take courses in Judaic Studies. Most of these courses may be counted toward their minors. Persons 60 years of age or older who meet Florida residencY requirements may register for classes without payment. Seniors should call Kent Woodford at (407) 823- 5148 (kwoodfor@mail.ucf. edu), to obtain registration forms in advance. Registration for degree stu- dents is throughAug. 17, 2014. Registration for nondegree students and senior citizens is Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Classes begin Aug. 18, 2014. For information, please call Dr. Moshe Pelli, director of the Judaic Studies Program, at (407) 823-5039; or 823-5129. Judaic Studies Program, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 161992, Orlando, FL. 32816-1992. Visit our web site at h#p:// judaicstudies.cah.ucf..edu. Learning is a joy at Beth Am's religious school At Beth Am, the religious school is an integral part of the synagogue. The syna- gogue's philosophy of joyful Judaism, inclusivity and in- dividualization flows between the sanctuary and the school. All types of Jewish families are welcomed at Beth Am. Those with non-Jewish members of the family feel comfortable in the congregation, are vital in the life of the synagogue, and are glad to have their children being educated in this nurtur- ing environment. This core philosophy makes a tangible difference in the quality of a Jewish education. The foundation of pro- gramming is the hope that the children will look upon Judaism as something to be discovered and not as some- thing they simply inherited. The students at taught that they are b'Tzelem Elohim, created in God's Image. They discuss what that means if God has no body, shape or form. How can human beings be created in God's Image? They come to understand that we reflect God's Image every time we treat those around us with love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and patience. According to Craig Blattner, vice president for Education and Youth at Beth Am, "Each class builds on the learning from the previous year so that the students achieve a skill level that allows them to feel competent in the Jewish world. From a 5-year-old lead- ing the introductory words before the conclusion of the Aleinu to the bar mitzvah stu- dent reading Torah with ease and confidence, the students have real life experiences that reinforce the lessons they have learned. All of these experi- ences lead to the development of a strong identity with their heritage, a commitment to Conservative Judaism and a sense of belonging to their congregational family." Beth Am is a child and family-centered institution. To meet the needs of busy families, BethAm offers inno- vative class experiences. The Mitzva Class, comprised of the 6th and 7th grade students, meets on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. They are taught by Rabbi Rick and other teachers and participate in the Shabbat morning service. Families liv- ing in East Seminole County have the opportunity to have their children in grades 3-7 attend Hebrew School and be taught by Rabbi Rick and the Beth Am staff on Tuesday afternoons from 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Church on Red Bug Lake Road between Dodd Road and Tuskawilla Road. All other students in grades 3-7 meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Beth Am, 3899 Sand Lake Road in Longwood. All of the children from Pre-K through grade 5 attend school Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.- noon at Beth Am. Rabbi Rick said, "At Beth Am our goal is, first and foremost, to make sure that our children feel good about themselves as individuals created in God's Image and as active participants in Jewish destiny. There is a difference between 'fun' and 'joy.' Reli- gious school should be more than fun: it should be a source of joy. We want our children to take what they learn out of our school and into the rest of their lives." To learn more about the religious school, Beth Am is hosting a Congregational Open House on Sunday morn- ing, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m., or call Rabbi Rick at (407) 862-3505. Registration information is available on line at www. CongBethAm.org. Classes are open to all students, regard- less of synagogue affiliation.