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Adult Education at Oak Park Temple
Spring 2019


We Are What We Remember with Rabbi Max Weiss
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 @ 10:00 am

What does it mean to be a Jew in the modern world?  Through an examination of texts ancient and modern we will engage as a community and as individuals with the role of Judaism in our lives.

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Chinese Culture Through a Jewish Lens

Sat., Mar. 9 at 6:00 pm
MingHin Naperville (1633 N Naper Blvd.)

Join Temple friends for a delicious Chinese dinner, including a wide sampling of dim sum, and be ready to go "behind the kitchen curtain" to learn about the meaning behind the food. Susan Blumberg-Kason, OPT member and author of the memoir Good Chinese Wife, will share about her experiences in Hong Kong and insights into Chinese culture. We will also discuss the history of Jews in Shanghai, an important but sometimes overlooked part of Jewish history.

Subsidized cost is $8/person OR $18/family. (In Chinese culture, 8 represents good luck; in Jewish culture, 18 represents long life.)

Space is limited. RSVP by February 28 and pay online


“Out of the Depths I Call to You”: Recapturing the Tradition of T'chines - Yiddish Prayers for Women with Cantor Julie Yugend-Green

Sundays, March 10 and 17 at 1:00 pm

Encounter expressions of women’s spirituality through personal prayers written in Yiddish.  How much has changed in the lives of Jewish women, and how much has stayed the same?

Purim and #MeToo: Exploring Domestic and Sexual Abuse in our Jewish Community Then and Now

Mon., March 11 at 7:00 pm

What role do we play in helping those who have been victims of abuse? How do we recognize abuse in its more subtle and insidious forms? How can we, as individuals and as a Jewish community, strengthen our commitment to act as allies? Join Naomi Senser, chair of community outreach and education at SHALVA along with Aaron Senser, a member of Oak Park Temple, as they lead a workshop looking at the concerns of living in the #MeToo movement through the lens of the Book of Esther and Jewish teaching in the past and present. Both men and women are encouraged to take part in this important discussion.

Professor Sara Yael Hirschhorn
City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement
Wed., April 3 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a lecture and conversation with award-winning author Sara Yael Hirschhorn. Dr. Hirschhorn will discuss the surprising history of American Jews in the Israeli settler movement, drawing on research from her recent book.

To learn more about Dr. Hirschhorn's research, read or listen to this interview featured on the Jewish History Matters podcast. You may also wish to purchase her book online, and copies will be available at the event as well.

This event is sponsored by ARZA @ OPT.

Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn joined the faculty of Northwestern University in fall 2018 as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Israel Studies at the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. Her research, teaching, and public engagement activities focus on Diaspora-Israel relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Israel ultra-nationalist movement. Her first book, City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement (Harvard, 2017) was the winner of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature Choice Award and a finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award. Dr. Hirschhorn has served as the University Research Lecturer and Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel Studies at the University of Oxford (2013-2018) and a postdoctoral fellow in Israel Studies at Brandeis University (2012-2013). She is a graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D) and the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. Apart from her academic work, Dr. Hirschhorn is also frequent public speaker, writer, media commentator, and policy consultant on Israel/Jewish Affairs and a non-resident research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

The True Story Behind Passover with Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
Sun., April 7 at 11:00 am

What does matzah have to do with the “paschal lamb”?  How long have Jews been celebrating Passover, and why is it so powerful?  Bring your questions and a few of your own answers in this discussion about the background of the most-observed Jewish holiday in America.

Tell Me a Tale: Stories and Music in the Spirit of Passover” with Cantor Julie Yugend-Green
Sun., April 14 at 3:00 pm
Freedom is a major theme of this season; but springtime, renewal, courage and love are also thematic of Passover.  During this very special program we will experience music that celebrates this beautiful time of year, and will also hear gifted storytellers share tales of strength, humor, bravery...and a little bit of the unexpected!

Judaism and Time Travel with Rabbi Max Weiss
Wed., April 17 and 24 at 7:00-8:00 pm
Pop quiz: Who in Jewish tradition moved forward in time, moved backward in time, and stood motionless in time?  You’ll have to attend to find out…

Get Enlightened: A Conversation with ComEd + Solar Energy Update
Sun., April 28 @ 10:00 am

Solar energy expert, Mark Burger, will present an overview of the many solar options available to consumers in our community today. Plus, a representative from ComEd will share insights about energy use, ways to reduce and save energy, and answer any and all questions about your service.

Also – earn a free bagel by biking or walking to OPT today!
Sponsored by the Green Chaverim.  For more info, contact Judy Klem 

Ellen Cassedy, Yiddish Translator
Treasures from the Trove of Women’s Writing in Yiddish

Sat., May 4 at 12:00 pm

Ellen Cassedy is the award-winning author of We Are Here, a history of the Holocaust in Lithuania. She is also the translator of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel (with Yermyahu Ahron Taub) and a new translation called On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash (with an afterward co-authored by Jessica Kirzane). She will discuss Yiddish literature authored by women and its reception in America today.

RSVP for the free lunch here.

Cassedy will sign copies of her latest translation, On the Landing, for those who pre-order a book by May 1. Click here to order your copy. Place your order and pay on this site; select "pickup at the Coop" under the shipping options, and put "for 5/2 pickup" in the comment section. You may also order by phone at 773-752-4381. OPT will collect the book for you, and Ellen Cassedy will sign it; you can pick it up at the event on May 4 or anytime thereafter.

This event is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.

Mon, March 18 2019 11 Adar II 5779