North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
Continuing Education Brochure/New Classes

Continuing Education Brochure/New Classes


Germans and Jews
In the season of Yom HaShoah, explore the changing relationship between Jews and Germans in a three-part free mini course: Becoming a Jew in Post-World War II Germany, Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club discussion of Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir, and Afternoon @ the Movies: Germans & Jews

Becoming a Jew in Post-World War II Germany
with Author Annette Gendler
Tuesday, April 17, 7:45 pm
Annette Gendler will discuss her book Jumping Over Shadows and lead a discussion of Judaism and Zionism in Post-World War II Germany. A book signing will follow the program. Free and open to the community.

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club: Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler
facilitated by Rachel Kamin
Saturday, April 21, 12:30 pm
The Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club will discuss Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler, facilitated by Rachel Kamin. When Annette falls in love with a Jewish man in Germany in 1985, history is repeating itself; her great-aunt Resi had been married to a Jew in Czechoslovakia before World War II.

Afternoon @ the Movies: Germans & Jews
with Anette Isaacs
Thursday, April 26, 3:00 pm
Did you know that Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin? Through personal stories, the documentary Germans & Jewsexplores Germany’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on.
Reservations requested for each event. To RSVP or for more information, contact Marcie Eskin.


The Bible Comes Alive: Angels and Demons
Aaron Klein

Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 am, April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16.
This mini course will explore the mystical and hidden meanings from the Bible text. We will examine angelology and demonology and how superstition has played an expanded role in our Jewish way of life.
Winter Trimester: $90; $60 for NSSBE members


Moving Towards Sinai: How Our Relationships Carry Us From Pesach to Shavuot
Rebecca Minkus Lieberman

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am, April 25-May 16
What does the Book of Ruth have to offer us about the challenges of being human? What does it have to teach us about the experience of Revelation at Sinai and receiving Torah at Shavuot? How might our human relationships help us discover what it means to have a relationship with God? The class will engage with the text in both Hebrew and English and will be accessible to all levels of learners.
Spring Trimester: $90; $60 for NSSBE and Orot members


Ezra, Nehemiah and the Return from Exile
Rabbi Steven Bob
Mondays, 10:00-11:00 am, April 30, May 7, May 14
The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the return from the first exile in ancient Babylonia. They contain the foundational ideas for our modern sense of Jewish identity. Living after the modern return from the second exile we will explore the meaning of Jewish existence in light of these texts from the early Second Temple period.
Spring Trimester: $90; $60 for NSSBE members


Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State: Questions, Explorations, and Implications
Keren Fraimen

Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15 pm, May 2, 9, and 16
Since its inception, Jewish and democratic values have served as the foundation for the State of Israel. As affirmed by Israel’s Basic Laws, these guiding principles continue to be at the heart of Israeli society and its governance. How are each of these values expressed in Israeli society? How do they exist together and interact with one another? NSS Beth El is pleased to partner with Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership on this program. To register and pay, please go to the Spertus website.
$75; $60 for NSSBE and Spertus members


Artists Beit Midrash: Of the Body, In the Body: Torah and Art
Dr. Jane Shapiro and Judith Joseph

Thursdays, 9:30–11:30 am, beginning Summer 2018
Artists of all skill levels and working with any type of media – sculpture, oils, watercolors, photographs, fabrics, poetry, music, theater and dance – are invited.
Spring Trimester: $90; $60 for NSSBE and Orot members


Engineering Evil
Dr. Robert Bernat
Tuesdays 7:45-9:00 pm, June 5 and 12
Special screening of Engineering Evil, a History Channel special devoted to the details of how the Nazis carried out the Holocaust, framed in light of figuring out how to systemically prevent the demonization of the other and the calculus of looking the other way in the modern world.
Spring Trimester Fee, $90, $60 for Beth El Members