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Registration Still Open for Spring Melton Graduate classes

SPRINGFIELD – It’s not too late to register for Melton’s graduate courses which will be starting on February 3 and 10. At least two more people to register for “Finding God in the Midst of Tragedy” in order for the class to be held. If you’ve already registered for this class, please invite a friend to join you!

Finding God in the Midst of Tragedy
Mondays from 9 – 10:30 am
February 3 – April 7 for 10 weeks
Jewish Geriatric Services

In this class, we will read and discuss some of the most poignant Jewish writings over the ages responding to “the problem of evil” and the age old question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We will consider the Book of Job, passages from the Talmud, theologians of the Holocaust, and writings of Rabbi Harold Kushner.

Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders
Mondays from 7 – 8:30 pm
February 10 (note change of start date from February 3) for 10 weeks
Jewish Geriatric Services Board Room

This scholars course provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life, and the sacrifices as well as contributions that have been made over the past 200 years. Lessons will explore such topics as the role of education, the Three Generation Hypothesis, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the changing place of Zionism and the State of Israel, the Civil Rights Movement as a case study of distinctiveness and involvement, and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity. This 10-lesson course asks the question, “Is the cup half-empty or half full?” as optimists and pessimists debate the future of Jewish identity in America.

For more information or to register, please contact Lisa in the temple office at (413) 733-4149 or via email.

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