Adult Education

SAJ offers a number of courses, speakers and programs on a variety of topics.

Feminism: The Israeli Version in Films

A Special 3-Session Film Class Taught by Miri Kubovy

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at SAJ

March 11 - Living for Tomorrow

March 18 - And You Took Yourself A Wife

March 25 - Aviva My Love

In each culture, grand narratives, ideologies, and liberation movements, assume a different, particular character, and focus on different subjects and aspects. Israeli Feminism differs from American Feminism in many ways.

This mini series of three film sessions represents some characteristics of Israeli Feminism in three generations through films: the pioneer women who founded the country, immigrants from North African countries, and women in present-day Israel. We will also discuss the special case of women artists and writers. No reading material required prior to class.

Professor Miri Kubovy was the Director of Modern Hebrew Studies at Yale University for 20 years, followed by an additional 20 years, as Professor of Near Eastern Civilizations at Harvard University. In 2009 she moved to NYC, and is currently teaching Jewish Studies, modern Israeli literature, film, and culture at City University of New York. She has published numerous articles on Israeli literature.

Mens Torah Study Class: The Life of David

Led by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

“David is the first person in history whose tale is complete and vital, laced with passions, savagery, hesitation, betrayal, charisma, faith, family---the rich canvas of a large life."--Rabbi David Wolpe

In this third and final year of this class, we will continue to examine the Biblical account of King David. He has risen to be the king of all of Israel. Powerful in the world, his family will disintegrate around him. We will follow the arc of his life into the first real Biblical description of old age.

Feel free to join even if you haven’t attended previously.

NEW TIME: Tuesdays 10AM every other week beginning October 21

This class is open to men 65 and over, and is for SAJ members only.


Sundays, 7:30 PM in a member’s home
October 26, December 7, January 11, February 15, March 22, May 3

In this discussion group we read (in advance) and then meet to discuss provocative and challenging essays, articles and books dealing with current issues in Judaism and Jewish life. The group is led by SAJ member Shel Schiffman, who selects topics and texts (but welcomes suggestions from the group) and moderates the discussion. To facilitate discussion, the group is limited to sixteen pre-registered participants.