Expand your appreciation of Jewish life and culture and join the hundreds who have participated in WHC's unique adult education program. We offer a wide array of classes taught by knowledgeable and passionate instructors from WHC and beyond. WHC Academy meets on Monday nights, from 7:15 - 9:15 pm with coffee, a light snack, and time to socialize.
Prophetic Judaism: The Books of the Prophets
Mondays, January 30 - February 13
Steve Jacober, Executive Director
The message of the Books of the Prophets touches our hearts in a unique and profound manner, especially on Shabbat and holidays when we read selections from them in the haftarot. They call us to action to repair the world; they highlight the moral and ethical heights of our religious and social landscape. This class will explore the historical and cultural context of the haftarot as well as their meaning and influence for today’s world. We will read their words, walk in their shoes, and study their message for our world today.
From Tablet to Scroll to Codex and Back Again: The History of the Jewish Book
Mondays, February 27 - April 3
Rabbi Joseph Skloot
Since antiquity, Jews have been known as the “people of the book.” In this course, we will explore how and why this association emerged. Further, we will try to understand how certain key books—both their form and content—have shaped Jewish culture. Indeed, many central events of Jewish history have revolved around the production, dissemination, and interpretation of the written word: the Hadrianic persecutions, the emergence of Christianity, the Maimonidean controversy, the birth of printing, the spread of the Enlightenment and mysticism, and the digital revolution, to name a few. No previous knowledge of Jewish history is required, only a willingness to read and discuss the key texts together.
Congregational Conversations@WHC Academy: American Jews and Israel
A Three-Session Taste of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage
Mondays, April 24 - May 8
Stephanie Tankel, Director of Religious School
Join beloved educator Stephanie Tankel as she introduces us to the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage program — a multimedia curriculum that affords American Jews the opportunity to study with some of the finest minds in Israel. The Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Lustig is a member of its prestigious Rabbinic Leadership Institute. This three-session “taste of” iEngage will focus on three core issues, “Foundations of a New Relationship with Israel;” “A Shared Homeland for a Divided People;” and “Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” This course is one facet of WHC's partnership with the Hartman Institute and will be a prelude to WHC’s launch of the full iEngage program next year.