Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies announces Fall Classes
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Academy for
Adult Interfaith Studies announces its fall term of classes. Six
non-credit, continuing education courses in religious studies will
be offered on the subjects of Jesus’ birth narrative, Judaism, the
Ancient Near East, sex in Jewish texts, biblical Hebrew, and modern
Hebrew. Most courses meet once a week at the College-Institute beginning
October 7, 2002 (Hebrew courses begin October 3, 2002).
Jesus’ Birth Narratives: Drawing “Conclusions” from “Beginnings”
is an examination and analysis of the presence and absence of stories
of Jesus’ birth in the Gospel. Dr. Michael J. Cook, Professor of
Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures at HUC-JIR, will
instruct this course.
The Adult Interfaith Academy continues its Introduction to Religion
series with An Introduction to Judaism taught by Rabbi David Komerofsky,
Dean of Students and Director of Rabbinical School at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati.
This course will be guided by students’ questions and will highlight
sacred texts and modern practice.
The Peoples and Cultures of the Ancient Near East will be an in-depth
exploration of the major people groups mentioned in the Hebrew Bible
that existed in the Ancient Near East during the first and second
millennia BCE. Dr. Hélène Dallaire, Director of Hebrew Language
Instruction at HUC-JIR, will teach this course.
Sex in Jewish Texts, an internet course, will deal with how Jewish
texts (from the Hebrew Bible to contemporary Jewish fiction) address
sexuality as both blessing and curse. Gender roles and relations
as well as communal boundaries and identity will be discussed. Lessons
will be posted to student e-mail boxes on Mondays and a virtual
dialog will take place throughout the week with course instructor
Debra Kassoff, fifth year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR.
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is a 12-week course that will
cover the basics of morphology, grammar, syntax, and pronunciation.
Students will finish the course with a solid grounding from which
they will be able to continue studying the language either formally
in the classroom, or informally on their own or with a private tutor.
There will be approximately two to four hours of homework per week.
Jeff Cooley, a graduate student at HUC-JIR, will instruct this course.
Introduction to Modern Hebrew is a 12-week course that will emphasize
idiomatic Israeli conversational Hebrew. The class will use discussion,
music, newspapers, and other interactive techniques. Attendance
and work outside of class will be expected. Oren Hayon, fourth year
rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, will teach this course.
The cost of one Adult Interfaith Academy course (not including
Hebrew courses) is $50. Participants wanting to enroll in more than
one course will be charged $10 for each additional course. The fee
for either Hebrew course is $100. No previous knowledge of Hebrew
is required for these courses. A limited number of scholarships
are available based on need. To register for courses or for more
information about the Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies, contact
Marcia Cruse at 513-221-1875, ext. 353.
At the Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies of HUC-JIR, men and
women of different faiths and backgrounds with a shared desire to
explore areas of religion in a spirit of free inquiry learn together
in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. The teachers are some of the
most gifted scholars in the Greater Cincinnati community, including
faculty from HUC-JIR, Xavier University, The Atheneum of Ohio, Islamic
Education Center, and the University of Cincinnati.