NORTHAMPTON – The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School (FMAMS) is a comprehensive, two-year adult education program that is co-sponsored in the Upper Pioneer Valley by Congregation B’nai Israel, the Lander-Grinspoon Academy and the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Shoshana Zonderman is the Upper Pioneer Valley Coordinator and one of the instructors in the course, which is offered in Northampton on Wednesday nights.
The Northampton course has a unique group of instructors that includes four rabbis from different Jewish denominations. Thirty class sessions and a student sourcebook are included for a fee of $380. Classes are recorded and sent to students who are absent, so that nothing is missed during the year.
The curriculum for the first year of the course which will be taught this coming year includes:
“Rhythms of Jewish Living” – What’s the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs, and practices are involved? This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice. Students can share their own celebrations and how they create meaning from traditional Jewish practices.
“Purposes of Jewish Living” – Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores sources both ancient and modern in pursuit of answers to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.
No prior knowledge is necessary, and interfaith family members are especially welcome to enroll. The course is offered Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 p.m. for 30 weeks beginning on Oct. 9. All classes are held in the library at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street, Northampton.
For more information or to request a registration form, please contact Nanci Martine (registrar) at Congregation B’nai Israel (413) 584-3593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.