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Kollel Course Listing - Fall/Winter 2022-23


Course Listing - Fall/Winter 2022-23

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Zionism: An Exploration of the History and Current Realities of the Modern
State of Israel

Rabbi Peter Stein

In this class, we will explore the history and philosophy of the modern Zionist movement, and also delve into the political realities in today's Israel

Wednesdays: 10:00am-11:00am 

Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14

Fee: $40

Introduction to Judaism Part 1
Rabbi Peter Stein

In this class, we will explore the background and practices of the major holidays, learn about the timeline of Jewish history, and delve into the major works of biblical commentary and Jewish philosophy.  This class is perfect for anyone who is considering conversion or anyone who wants to learn or refresh their knowledge about Judaism.  While not required for participation in this class, there will be a second class offered in the spring on additional topics.  Introduction to Judaism Part 2 spring dates are 3/16-4/27, no class 4/6 (6 sessions).

Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:00pm 
Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16
To be held via Zoom
Fee: $40 

Shalom Aleichem and Fiddler on the Roof

Herb Skerker

Shalom Aleichem has been nicknamed the Jewish Mark Twain. We will read one of his most famous books "Tevye's 4 Daughters".  We will discuss the book and compare it to the movie "Fiddler on the Roof”.

Tuesdays: 10:00am-11:30am 

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15

Fee: $40 

Haftarah Through the Voice of Women – Exploring The Women’s Haftarah Commentary

Rabbi Rochelle Tulik

The Haftarah is a potent tool for understanding the values, ethics, and moral lessons contained in the weekly Torah readings.  This Kollel series will explore The Women’s Haftarah Commentary, a collection featuring commentary and interpretations from more than eighty women rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movements.  New and returning students are more than welcome.  Just because it’s a “women’s” commentary, doesn’t mean only “women” should join!  (Participants will want a copy of the text as weekly discussions will center directly on the commentaries contained within.)

Wednesdays: 12:00pm-1:00pm 

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15

Fee: $40 

The Climate Covenant - Jews connecting, learning and deciding to take action to combat climate change - CANCELLED

Amy Kahn and Jackie Ebner

L'Chayyim! To Life! Judaism values protecting life. Climate change has been described by many as the defining challenge of our time. Fighting for climate justice is a Jewish value.  In this course we will explore Jewish values and teachings alongside scientific information in a shared experience to inform and inspire our individual and collective path forward.  Each class will have a spiritual, theory and action component. We will be setting our personal goals toward taking action. The power of the individual to affect change by working together with others is the way we have a chance to succeed in passing this world to future generations.

Mondays:  1:00pm-2:30pm

Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12

Fee: $60 

Sephardic Cooking

Tamar Elise Eisenberg

Let's go on a culinary adventure exploring the food of Jews who emigrated from Spain during the Inquisition. This course will cover some history of the people as well as preparation and assembling dishes with recipes. Each week will feature a different course from appetizer to dessert and ultimately leaving you with a complete meal to delight your family and friends. No experience with cooking required. Please bring your own chef's knife and cutting board to class.

Thursdays: 10:30am-12:30pm 

Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17

Fee: $60, plus $20 for supplies

 How Jewish is Christianity?

Joe Kelly

As early Christianity developed out of its Jewish context, many aspects of the Jewish tradition became a part of Christian practice. The Hebrew scriptures, especially the psalms, the holidays as well as the Sabbath and Passover celebrations and other rites were interpreted in light of the Christian experience. How were they interpreted? We will examine the positive interpretations as well as the places where Christians misunderstand and abused their past. Please join us for a continuation of our important Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Mondays: 10:00am-11:30am 

Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

Fee: $40 

How the Books of the Bible Came to Be

Stu Berger

The books of the TaNaKh and the New Testament have a long history of formation and acceptance. We will explore that history as well as the structure and historical events important to the books. 

Sundays: 10:00am-11:30am 

Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13

No Fee. Registration required. 

Lessons in Leining: Learning to Chant Torah

Athene Goldstein

Have you always wanted to be able to chant from the Torah, but never had the time until now or just been too intimidated to learn? Well, this is your opportunity to acquire this beautiful, ancient Jewish skill together with other adults, in a stress-free environment.

Tuesdays: 10:00am-11:30am 

Dec. 6, 13, 20, Jan. 3, 10, 17

Fee $60 

Islam 101 - CANCELLED

Andrea A. Gluckman

Islam 101 aims to give a broad and informed context to Islam as a holistic tradition.  The course will begin with unpacking headline stereotypes and then move into the origins, theological premises, prophetic tradition, and the sacred text(s) of Islam. Additionally, divisions within Islam will be discussed within the context of the development of the Islamic empire. There is no general required text, but articles will be emailed throughout the course. 

Thursdays: 7:00pm-8:30pm 

Oct. 27, Nov. 3,  Dec. 1, 8, 15, Jan. 5

To be held via Zoom

Fee: $60 

Exploring Jewishness

Rabbi Drorah Setel

This 12 week course offers an opportunity to examine the diversity of Jewish life and to engage with Jewish history and traditions from multiple perspectives. Our text will be Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities by Aaron Hahn J. Tapper, which examines how Jews are a culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion, and more. Each chapter of the book addresses a theme (such as Narratives, Mysticisms or Cultures) and illustrates how it is understood by different Jewish communities over time. This class is intended for anyone who wishes to understand Jewish identity as a multifaceted experience, whether learning about Judaism for the first time or wishing to bring their earlier learning up to date. Participants are asked to obtain a copy of the book and, if possible, read the first chapter (Narratives) prior to the first class.

Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:30pm 

Part 1: Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14 

Part 2: Dec. 21, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1

To be held at the JCC

Fee: $40, each semester


Forgotten Zionisms

Rabbi Drorah Setel

Contemporary discussions of Zionism often assume that the term refers only to Political Zionism, the movement for the establishment of, and support for, a Jewish state. There are, however, other streams of Zionist thought that are less well known. In this course we will learn about four additional Zionist movements: Labor Zionism, Religious Zionism, Cultural Zionism, and Diaspora Zionism. Texts will be provided.

Thursdays: 11:00am-12:00pm 

Nov. 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 8

To be held at the JCC

Fee: $20 

Mah Jongg for Beginners 

Juleen Squires

Jewish women kept this 19th century Chinese parlor game alive, and it has become a favorite pastime. Learn to play! No experience necessary. Men and women are welcome.

Thursdays: 1:00pm-2:30pm 

Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17

Fee $50 

Thursday Thoughts

David Orange

Thursday Thoughts is a series of ten distinct, but relatable short topics serving the interests and needs of our senior population. Thursday Thoughts will be fully interactive and live in-person at St. John's Meadows, and as always, intended to make you think!

Thursdays: 10:00am to 10:45/11:00am 

Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2

Location: St. John’s Meadows Chestnut Court, in the Parks Room

No fee. Walk-in/Sign-in. Registration encouraged.

Beginning Hebrew Reading- CANCELLED

Gene Spiro

This course is designed for the beginner or the student who needs a refresher course. The student will progress from learning the Hebrew alphabet and vowel system to reading words and phrases and also learning useful vocabulary on the way.  It is geared towards prayer reading.  Please purchase the book “Shalom Uvracha The New Hebrew Primer” (blue cover) by Behrman House. It can be purchased either through the publisher or Amazon.

Mondays at 6:30pm-7:30pm 

Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13

Fee: $80

Intermediate Hebrew Reading- CANCELLED

Gene Spiro

The student must have competent Hebrew reading skills, although review will be provided as necessary.  This course is geared for reading prayers in the Siddur (Mishkan Tfilah)  and also reading excerpts from the Torah.  Attention will be given to learning Hebrew word roots and vocabulary to facilitate prayer and Torah comprehension.

Tuesdays: 6:45pm-7:45pm 

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14

Fee: $80

Beginning Hebrew Conversation - CANCELLED

Orna Korn

Focuses on comprehension of basic two-word sentences and progresses to the understanding and usage of compound sentences. Note: maximum of 12 students per class.

Tuesdays: 6:00pm – 7:00pm 

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20

To be held via Zoom

Fee: $50

Intermediate-Advanced Hebrew Conversation- CANCELLED

Orna Korn

This class is designed for mid level and advanced students. Focuses on comprehension of basic sentences and progresses to understand and usage of complex sentences. Note maximum of 12 students per class.

Tuesdays: 7:15pm – 8:15pm 

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20

To be held via Zoom

Fee: $50

Registration begins on October 3, 2022
Please register 2 weeks or more prior to the 1st date of the class.
(late registrations are accepted) 
NOTE: All classes are scheduled to be held in person unless otherwise noted. If the situation changes, registrants will be notified via email one week prior to the first class. Additional information will be available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Juleen Squires, Registrar at If you have any questions about teaching a class in the future, or are in need of financial assistance, please contact Herb Skerker, Administrator at All information will be kept strictly confidential.
(Please note that email is used only by The Rochester Kollel office and the instructor to communicate vital class and Kollel information)

There is a minimum requirement of 6 students for each class to run. All registrants will receive a confirmation email with class, dates, times and locations once that requirement has been met. Cancellations will be determined and communicated one week prior to the first class. No refunds will be issued once classes have begun.
Enter in total amount of classes selected and any additonal donation.


Sat, December 3 2022 9 Kislev 5783