The Jewish U

The Jewish U at the JCC - Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Back to the Sources 5774: The Five Megilot

The Five Megilot (scrolls) – Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther, are part of the third section of the Hebrew Bible: Ketubim (“Writings”) and have always been seen as stunning works of great literary value in addition to their traditional religious value. They are each associated with a particular holiday in the cycle of the Hebrew year. They are each attributed to one of the great Biblical figures. They are each profound and complex works of ageless literature. We will examine each in depth, accessing both traditional commentary and contemporary thought about these intriguing works.

Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 11:15 am

Semester I: Oct 3 –Jan 30
No class: 11/28, 12/25, 1/2

Thursdays, Feb 4–May 29
No class: 4/17, 4/24

Instructor: Jody Hirsh

Fee $75 per semester / $140 for whole year 
Member Value Fee $65 per semester / $120 for the whole year


The Art of the Jewish Novel

This popular ongoing class will examine an international collection of Jewish novels.

Mondays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

October 21 – Dara Horn, A Guide for the Perplexed

December 9 – D.M. Thomas, The White Hotel

February 10 – Will Eisner, A Contract with God

April 7 – Meir Shalev, My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner

May 19 – Jessica Soffer, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

Instructor: Jody Hirsh

Individual classes: $10 / Member Value Fee $8
All 5 classes: Fee $40 / Member Value Fee $25


Introduction to Judaism

This popular class, co-sponsored with the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, is an introduction to Judaism for Jews who want to fill in the gaps of their own Jewish Education, as well as those who are choosing Judaism as their spiritual destination.

Curriculum includes an overview of Jewish religion, ritual, history and community as well as an introduction to reading the Hebrew Language.

Fee includes textbooks and a graduation Shabbat Dinner.

Tuesdays,  7:00 – 9:30 PM

Oct 22-Mar 11
No class 12/25, 1/1
(Shabbat Dinner Friday, Mar 8)

Instructors: Jody Hirsh and Community Rabbis

Co-Sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis

Chug Ivrit - A Hebrew Class

Join the monthly lunchtime conversation in Hebrew at the JCC. All levels of Hebrew are appropriate – come prepared to practice your Hebrew!

Wednesdays at 12:00 PM at CAFA B DATA

10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/11

Instructors: Ro'ee Peled and Jody Hirsh