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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 UCF Judaic Studies offers7 courses this fall PAGE 3B The Jewish Studies pro- gram at the University of Central Florida will offer seven courses in the up- coming fall semester, which begins Aug. 19. The courses to be offered are: Elementary Modern Hebrew I, Inter- mediate Modern Hebrew I, Classic Texts of Judaism, Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism, Jewish People in Antiquity (formerly The History of Jewish People I), American Jewish History, and History of the Holocaust. Elementary Modern He- brew Language and Culture I is designed to continue the study of modern Hebrew; increase proficiency in con- versation, reading and writ- ing skills, and further expose students to Israeli culture. Elementary Modern Hebrew II or equivalent is prerequisite. The course has two different sections taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays The first sec- tion is at 1:30 p.m. and the second section at 3:30 p.m., both in VAB 109. The course will be taught by Norman Berdichevsky. Intermediate Modern He- brew I is a third level of Hebrew and will provide increased pro- ficiency, 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 be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9a.m. to 10:15 a.m. inVAB 109. Berdichevsky will teach this course. C!assic Texts of Judaism is a course to introduce the classi- cal writings of Judaism, par- ticularly the documents that took shape in the formative age of that civilization, from the first througli the seventh centuries of the Common Era. The classic texts of Judaism: the Hebrew Scriptures, the Mishnah, Talmud, and Mi- drash, are introduced. This is carried out through a close reading in English, of selected passages, with systematic attention to the rh#torical, logical and topical aspects of Judaism as related to the wri.t- ten and oral laws. An overview of these basic texts of Judaism and their development and interpretation in the Middle Ages and modern times will be discussed and analyzed. The course will explore how these books form the tenets of the Jewish religion. Julia Phillips Berger will teach this web-based course. Kabbalah: Jewish Mysti- cism is the course that will trace and evaluate the devel- opment of Jewish mysticism from its earliest roots in the prophetic age of Israelite history, through the flow- ing of the movement called Kabbalah in medieval Spain and the Land of Israel, down to various expressions of mystical thought in the pietistic movement known as Hasidism. Dr. Kenneth Hanson will teach this course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to &15 p.m. in COMM 110. 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 web-based course. American Jewish History is a survey study of the 350 "years of Jewish presence in America and its influence on and contribution to Ameri- can life and culture. Topics to be discussed: America's birth based on Jewish prin- ciples; support for America's revolution; immigration; acculturation; encountering anti-Semitism; interfacing religious dnamics with modern America; contribu- tions in politics, economy, science and medicine; heroes of American Jewish life. 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-!945, into two distinct periods: The first, 1933-1939, encompasses the persecu- tion of German Jews within the context of the prevailing German 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 Han- in Judaic Studies. Most of our courses may be counted toward their minors. Members of the commu- nity may take the courses as non degree-seeking students or may audit the courses. Registration is required of non-degree students; call the son will teach this course. Registrar's office at 407-823- on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in COMM 110. Students may take the listed courses as electives or as required courses to satisfy re- quirements for a minor in Ju- daic Studies with 18-20 cred- its of upper division courses (JST) and including Hebrew courses (HBR) [as per the new 2013-2014 catalog listing]. A certificate in Judaic Studies is also available for students completing five courses (15 credits) in Judaic Studies. The Foreign Language require- ments maybe satisfied with Hebrew language courses. Interdisciplinary Studies students are encouraged to take a minor in Judaic Studies. Students who take a minor in Religious Studies, Humani- ties or Middle East Studies are encouraged to take courses Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation's Knowledge College resumes in August 3100 for details. 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 or email him at kwood- for@mail.ucf.edu) to obtain registration forms in advance. Registration for degree students is through Aug. 18. Registration for non-degree students and senior citizens is Friday, Aug. 16. Classes begin Aug. 19. For information, contact Dr. Moshe Pelli, director of the Judaic Studies program, at 407-823-5039, or 407-823- 5129; Judaic Studies program, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 161992, Orlando, FL. 32816-1992 orvisit thewebsite at http://judaicstudies.cah. ucf.edu.- "This past year's SOJC Jewish learning Knowledge College programs were a great success for those who participated and those clergy and members of SOJC who led them, and we're planning another exciting year of varied learning opportunitieswhich we invite you to join," Rabbi Hillel Skolnik says. The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation's Knowl- edge College programs, open to SOJC members and the community, will kick off with "The ABCs of Sukkot," a discussion of the meanings and rituals of Sukkot at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15.. "The ABCs of the High Holi- days,'a discussion of the High Holidays, their meanings and ritual, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug, 29, led by Skolnik. '"Judaism 101," an every- other-month opportunity to discuss basic Jewish concepts, learn about an upcoming Jewish holiday, and explore our tradition in an informal setting which is accessible to people of all backgrounds, will also be led by Skolnik starting at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, and continuing Oct. 27 and Dec. 15. "The goal of SOJC's lifelong Jewish learning programs is to provide opportunities for members of the community to deepen their involvement with Judaism inway s they find meaningful and to make new friends through participation in SOJC's Knowledge Col- lege," says Michele Fischer, president of SOJC. "One of our innovations was to offer women's Torah study classes led by Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik. Rebecca Jacques, a member of SOJC, commented that as the parent of a young Jewish child, she was looking for a way to reconnect and identify with the teachings of the Torah. After participating in Rabbi Sharon's "Taikin' Torah in Tennis Shoes: In the Begin- ning The original first la- dies, astudy of the women in Genesis" series, I have begun t remember what I learned in my youth and to identify with those teachings as a Jewish mother. Rabbi Sharon has developed a fun forum for us to not only explore the Torah but to develop a unique relationship with it and with each other. That's the spiritwe strive for in all our Knowledge College programs," Fischer says. Developing Hebrew literacy is a path to finding deeper meaning in prayer and to en- gaging with Israel, and SOJC will offer a five-weekprogram, "Have Fun with Hebrew: He- brew for Beginners" starting on 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, and continuing on Sept. 29, and Oct. 6, 13 and 20, led by Rich Waldor. "We will tackle " Hebrew symbol decoding and vowel integration leading to reading Hebrew words," Wal- dor explains. "As the session progresses we will move into greater reading fluency and pronunciation. The class will have books for both English and Spanish readers, and I will award diplomas to all students who attend all five sessions." The cost will be $54 for all five sessions, but the fee will be waived for SOJC members in good standing. There will a!so be a Hebrew language table at the periodic SOJC Friday evening Family Shabbat din- ners (contact the SOJC office for the schedule and prices). "This inter," Waldor says, "we will extend the previous class to reading comprehen- sion and greater reading fluency in Hebrew Level II, followed in the Spring by a basic reading class based on Pirkei Avot." "After studying the Book of First Samuel this past spring," Rabbi Hillel Skolnik says, "we will continue our trip through the Prophets by turning to "The Book of Second Samuel" and the kingship of David, a fascinating leader and ruler, in our "Time for Text" series starting a t 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Continuing Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5 and 12." Mary Roufa will continue to lead "As the Torah Turns," a lively discussion of the parashah, the weekly Torah portion, on Saturdays after Shabbat services. This is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the Five Books of Moses and to explore their meaning in a relaxed, conver- sational setting. And again this fall, SOJC will be offering a Conversion Class' under the guidance of Rabbi HiUel Skolnik for those interested in converting to Judaism. Beginning Aug. 14, the class will meet every Wednesday evening through March (when there is religious school). For more information con- tact Rabbi Hillel Skolnik directly by email: rabbi@ sojc.org or by phone: 407- 239-5444. "SOJC is delighted to offer this wide array of'programs to our members and to the community as an expression of our commitment to Jewish spirituality and learning," Rabbi Hillel Skolnik said. "We welcome you to join us in any of these programs that you find interesting." SOJC member Eva Cooper, in commenting on a class she attended, sums up SOJC's approach to lifelong Jewish learning: "I sincerely enjoyed Rabbi Sharon's Torah class because she is captivating, kind and an excellent teacher. She made us think, analyze and interpret the texts in a very comfortable, trusting environment. The group was composed ol women of every age and walk of life and it was a stimulating and fun exchange. I learned, enjoyed and can't wait to attend more classes." All Knowledge College pro- grams take place at Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC), 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. For further information about SOJC's Knowledge College programs, contact SOJC at 407-239-5444, visit www. sojc.org or send an email to office@sojc.org. Ad Astra Per Aspera 23 National Merit Scholars named in the Class of 2014 TPS has an average of 20-25% recognized annually and ranks in the top three schools in the state Join us for Open House Thursday, November 14 - 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 4 - 9:00 a.m. 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, Florida 32792 321.282.2515 ! Inquire@TrinityPrep.org