Drop In and Learn – Videostreamed Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Teen Lounge
Free and open to the community, all welcome, no reservations needed.

July 18 – “The Jews of Khazaria” – video lecture by Professor Henry Abramson

July 25 – “Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece” – video lecture by Prof. Devin E. Naar, the Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. The city of Salonica (Thessaloniki) was once home to the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world. Prof. Devin E. Naar explores the fate of Salonica’s Jews and offer behind-the-scenes insight into his book, published by Stanford University Press in 2016.

August 1 – “A Discussion with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg” – In this video Justice Ginsburg is interviewed by Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward. The conversation took place at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington DC, on Feb. 1, 2018. Listen to Justice Ginsburg talk about her life, her passion for public advocacy, her role on the Supreme Court, and her thoughts about the future.

August 8 – “Is it Time to Rethink the Israel-Diaspora Relationship?” – This JTS webinar features a conversation between JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen and Dr. Hillel Ben Sasson, founder and CEO of the Center for Liberal Democracy and visiting assistant professor of Israel Studies at JTS, about how Israel and Diaspora Jewry influence each other—and how we can develop a new vision for working together.

Throughout the year we videostream material from many sources of excellent online lifelong Jewish learning, including JTS, Jewish Review of Books, Pardes, Shalom Hartman Institute, and Mechon Hadar, as well as lectures by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Professor Henry (Hillel) Abramson, Professor Howard Lupovitch, and others.

Weekday entrance to Beth Ahm building – To attend our learning group, use the glass door overlooking the east parking lot and the Woll Memorial Bible Garden. Take steps from parking lot or, for barrier-free entry, start at main entrance canopy and use sidewalk to the glass door. Use buzzer on left to alert the office to your presence, and staff will unlock left door electronically so you can enter.

For more info, including schedule of upcoming lecture topics and teachers, call Nancy Kaplan 248-737-1931, text 248-390-4294 or e-mail nancyellen879@att.net

Mitzvah Opportunity

Donations are welcome to help underwrite this free weekly learning opportunity, which Beth Ahm offers to lifelong learners in the community regardless of religious affiliation.  Drop In & Learn has been running for 9 years and is still going strong. New participants are always welcome.

For more information or questions about Drop In & Learn, contact Nancy Kaplan at 248-737-1931 or nancyellen879@att.net.