What Does it Mean to be Holy?
Rabbi Peter Stein
A Comparison of the Torah’s
Holiness Code and Maimonides’ Principles of Faith
Wednesdays: 10:00am-11:30am Mar 1, 8, 15 Apr 19, 26 May 3   Fee: $60

Tough Jews
Jenna Silpe
Everyone knows about the Mafia, gangsters and the story of "The Godfather." But few people are aware of the impact that Jews made on organized crime in the United States. This course will examine the historical, cultural and social impact of Jewish gangsters like Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Murder, Inc. We'll also try to answer the question: Can you be a "good Jew" and do "bad" things?
Tough Jews (Wed pm)
Wednesdays: 7pm-8:30pm Mar 1, 8, 15, 22   Fee: $40
OR (choose one)
Tough Jews (Mon am)
Mondays: 10am -11:30am Mar 6, 13, 20, 27   Fee: $40

Removing the Fences Around God
David A. Orange
This content-heavy course is daring and provocative.  It is intended to challenge and expand one’s thinking and reasoning as we explore the magnificence of God and reveal the fences that separate us from knowing the Creator and ourselves. We will contemplate the creation of the Universe from theological, philosophical, and scientific perspectives. Finally, we will examine the distortions, myths, and illusions created by man that gave rise to the world’s major religions that now obscure humanity from knowing the divinity and unity in everything.  This course will appeal to those who are spiritually inclined or seeking alternative insights to religion.  The instructor requires an open mind, an ability to comprehend complex science, and attendance of the first class.  No late-comers.
Wednesdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 1, 15, 22, 29 Apr 5, 19 
Class meets in St. John's Meadows Briarwood Activity Room. No fee. Registration required.
Generously sponsored by St. John's and the Ames-Amzalak Foundation.
Science of Spirituality
David A. Orange
This course is a follow-on to “Removing the Fences around God” but journeys deeper into the realms of science and mysticism towards the quest of remembering who we really are. Our studies will examine theories in quantum physics that curiously tie in to what mystics have known for thousands of years--we are all one. Prerequisites include attending the “Fences” class, an ability to comprehend complex science, and an open mind.  This course requires mandatory attendance of the first class. No late-comers.
Tuesdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 21, 28 Apr 4, 18, 25 May 2, 9
Class meets in St. John's Meadows Briarwood Activity Room. No fee, Registration required.
Generously sponsored by St. John's and the Ames-Amzalak Foundation.
The Divided States of America
Thomas Driscoll
Americans have been deeply divided since the days of Jamestown and Plymouth. The original colonies were settled by people from distinct regions of Europe each with their own religious, political and ethnic characteristics. There isn't and never has been one America, but rather several, each with its own set of cherished principles. Our divisions stem from the fact that the United States is a federation of 11 regional nations, some of which do not truly see eye to eye.
The Divided States of America (Thurs am)
Thursdays: 9:30am-11:30am   Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
Fee: $40
OR (choose one)
The Divided States of America (Tues pm)
Tuesdays: 6:30pm-8:30pm Mar 7, 14, 21, 28  
Fee: $40

Jewish Feminism: Historical Perspectives
Sarah Murphy Abbamonte
The first of two planned sessions, this course will explore Jewish feminism from an historical perspective. What role did women play in traditional texts and rituals? How did the first and second waves of the women’s movement echo in Judaism? Readings will be assigned and classes will be largely discussion-based. The second course will be offered in Fall/Winter 2017-2018 for an additional fee.
Mondays 7:00pm-8:30pm: Mar 6, 13, 27 Apr 3   Fee: $40
Torah Through the Voice of Women
Rabbi Kelly Levy
Since its publication in 2008, The Torah: A Women’s Commentary has brought the voices of women out of the shadows of our Biblical text. Join us for a close reading and exploration of Torah, enhanced by the commentary and poetry of notable female scholars. This class is open to men and women. New and returning students are welcome.
Tuesdays: 12:15pm-1:15pm Mar 7, 21 Apr 25
May 16, 23 Jun 13   Fee: $40
Mussar and Social Change
Rabbi Drorah Setel and Barbara Grosh
The Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar helps us transform ourselves to be better people: kinder, more generous, braver, more upright, better leaders. In this course we will explore how the Mussar tradition can help us develop the qualities necessary to work for positive and sustainable social change. We will use Changing the World from the Inside Out: a Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change by David Jaffe as a text. Mussar beginners are welcome. Purchase book on your own.
Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
Apr 4, 25 May 2, 9
Fee: $80, Temple Emanu-El
Love, Loyalty and Betrayal in the Hebrew Bible – Continues
Ayala Emmett
The Hebrew bible, TANACH, offers timeless insights and enduring questions about love, loyalty and betrayal. We will explore these dominant themes as they shape, encourage, destroy, and revive relationships between humans and between God and people. Love, loyalty and betrayal come in different forms and often step on each other as they shape families, communities, and destinies. We will use contemporary sensibilities to push against and embrace these ancient insights. New students are welcome.
Mondays 10:30am-11:45am May 1, 8, 15, 22 Jun 5   Fee: $40  
Salt: A common household item with an intriguing history
Thomas Driscoll
A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. We love salt - we have been adding it to our food for thousands of years. How is it used in religious rituals?
 “The bar was packed with old salts who'd traveled across the world, sharing stories of their adventures.”
Salt (Wed pm)
Wednesdays: 6:30pm-8:30pm Mar 29, Apr 5, 26,
May 3   Fee: $40
OR (choose one)
Salt (Thurs am)
Thursdays: 9:30am-11:30am  
Mar 30, Apr 6, 13, 27   Fee: $40
Machloket Leshem Shamayyim – Civil Disagreement in the Jewish Tradition
Barbara Grosh and Rabbi Drorah Setel
In this two part workshop series we will look
at Jewish traditions concerning conflict resolution: how do we disagree with respect and understanding? In the first session, we will study Jewish teachings on the topic and develop our own guidelines for ethical engagement. The second session will provide an opportunity to put these ideas into practice as we grapple constructively with an actual controversy.
Sundays 2:00pm-4:00pm Apr 9, 16   Fee: $25, Temple Beth David Social Hall (Room 202)
How the Jews Became White Folks and What that says about Race in America
Thomas Driscoll
An eye-opening look at
· the assignment of groups and individuals to institutional systems of occupation and segregation
· the invention of "white people" and its relevance today
· how the New White Nationalism in America challenges the creation of multi-national economic life and integration at home
· the institutionalization of white power
· how white supremacy operates in Christianity and compromises all humanity
Race in America (Thurs am)
Thursdays: 9:30am-11:30am   May 4, 11, 18, 25 Fee: $40
OR (choose one)
Race in America (Tues pm)
Tuesdays: 6:30pm-8:30pm May 9, 16, 23 Jun 6  
Fee: $40

Where do we go from here?
The Rev. Dr. Christopher Luedde
We look toward the Book of Acts to see the early church after the death of Jesus. The disciples are hiding and not sure where they go from here. The Book of Acts looks at the course of actions in the Church of Jerusalem headed by James where we meet a man named Saul who becomes known to the world as Paul.  This is an interactive course which looks at the early history and “in situ” lives during the first century C.E.
Wednesdays: 10:30am-12:00pm May 10, 17, 24
Jun 7   Fee: $40
The Jewish Family
Ruby Glicksman 
This course will focus on the portrayal of the Jewish family through the use of film covering different times and situations.  Is there a typical Jewish family?  This course includes include lecture and post-film discussion.Films: Symphony of Six Million, Lies My Father Told Me, Everything Is Illuminated, The Royal Tenenbaums, Avalon
Wednesdays: 7:00-8:30pm  May 10, 17, 24 Jun 7, 14 Fee: $40

Jews and Mah Jongg for Beginners
Juleen Squires
How did a 19th century Chinese parlor game come to be a favorite pastime for Jewish women? Learn how they kept the game alive and learn to play! No experience necessary. Men and women are welcome.
Jews and Mah Jongg for Beginners (Wed am)
Wednesdays: 10:30am-12:00pm Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Apr 19   Fee: $60
OR (choose one)
Jews and Mah Jongg for Beginners (Wed pm)
Wednesdays: 7pm-8:30pm Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Apr 19   Fee: $60
Jews and Mah Jongg – Intermediate Level
Juleen Squires
Has it been a long time since you played the game? Do you need a refresher course?
Prerequisite: Jews and Mah Jongg for Beginners, or teacher’s discretion (contact the Kollel office).
Men and women are welcome.
Wednesdays: 12:30pm-2:00pm Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Apr 19   Fee: $60
Soundings: Explorations in Exciting New Books
Books give a soul to the universe.”
Thomas Driscoll
Read the books beforehand or not. You will not be left out of the significant discussion. Class begins with a summary of the book. Key questions and issues raised in the book will be presented. Acquire the books on your own.
Mondays 7:00pm-8:30pm Mar 20 and May 8    
Fee: $20
March: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the
by Erik Larson    
A #1 New York Times Bestseller. From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. It is a story that many of us think we know, but we don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
May: Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.  In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy. Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

Jewish Living
(Co-sponsored with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester)
with Elliot Fix
This course and inclusion program is designed for adults with special learning needs. Participants will be actively engaged in learning about Jewish holidays, prayers, songs, rituals, Torah lessons, and Israel.  Class sessions also include crafts, baking projects, and guest presenters.  Participation in relevant Jewish community events is scheduled throughout the year.
Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:15pm
Sessions and programs scheduled on Wednesdays throughout the year from
September through June. For fee
information and information about
joining, please contact Elliot Fix via
The Rochester Kollel.

The Joy and Oy of Yiddish:
Intermediate and Advanced
with Deborah Rothman
Come explore the humor and beauty of this quintessential Jewish language.
Born in post-war Vilna, Deborah Rothman is a native Yiddish speaker, a long-time instructor of the cultural and literary heritage of mameloshn, and a translator for the Yiddish Book Center.
Tuesdays 10:30am-12:30pm
Mar 28 – Jun 6 (no class Apr 11 & 18)
Fee: $120 ($90 for JCC Members)
Register with the JCC – 461-2000,

Hebrew Classes
Call or email the Kollel office regarding appropriate placement
Hebrew for Prayer Reading with Gene Spiro
Beginning -This course is for the beginner or student who had some Hebrew reading experience but needs to review the basics. Reading is geared towards prayers for the Shabbat and holiday services.
Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 3 May 1, 8, 15, 22 Jun 5, 12, 19
Fee: $80
- This class is a continuation from Beginning Hebrew for Prayer Reading
or for the student who has basic Hebrew reading skills and wants to improve reading and comprehension of prayers for Shabbat and holiday services.
Mondays 7:30pm-8:30pm Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 3 May 1, 8, 15, 22 Jun 5, 12, 19 Fee: $80
with Orna Korn Note: maximum of 12 students per class
Alefbet Learn the alefbet and vowels.
Tuesdays 7:30pm-9:00pm Mar 28 Apr 4 May 2, 9, 16, 23 Fee: $60
Basic Beginning Hebrew
Focuses on comprehension of basic two-word sentences and
progresses to the understanding and usage of complex sentences.
Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 4 May 2, 9, 16, 23 Jun 6, 13, 20 Fee: $80
Advanced Beginning Hebrew
This class uses the vocabulary learned in Basic Beginning Hebrew to
construct short stories of four to six sentences in length. A great variety of learning experiences are provided.
Mondays 5:30pm-7:00pm Session 1 Mar 13, 20, 27 Apr 3 May 1, 8, 15, 22 Fee: $80
Mondays 5:30pm-7:00pm Session 2 Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 Fee: $40
Advanced Hebrew
Do you know Hebrew and want to practice? This class focuses on
comprehension of basic sentences and progresses to the understanding and usage of complex sentences.
Mondays 7:30pm-8:30pm Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 3 May 1, 8, 15, 22 Jun 5, 12, 19 Fee: $80