Annual Courses: 2018-19

In Partnership with Katedra Gush Etzion

Weekly Classes

Sunday    Monday  Tuesday   Wednesday

SUNDAY NIGHTS in Tekoa

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A study in communication: How do we weave together interpersonal relationships, with individuals, families, and communities?

Malka Puterkovsky

(in Hebrew)

8:30 PM

 

Description

Part I: Between individuals and their fellows, individuals and society

During the first semester, we will explore different perspectives on the nature of human relationships, as they were understood by the Sages from the time of Chazal, through the Middle Ages, and until today. We will study the insights of the Talmudic sages, halakhic decisors, and Jewish philosophers throughout the generations.

Part II: Individuals and family

In the second semester, we will focus on relationships in the family, covering such issues as intimacy and parenthood during different life stages.

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

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MONDAYS at Matnas Gush Etzion

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A study in communication: How do we weave together interpersonal relationships, with individuals, families, and communities?

Malka Puterkovsky

(in Hebrew)

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Description

Part I: Between individuals and their fellows, individuals and society

During the first semester, we will explore different perspectives on the nature of human relationships, as they were understood by the Sages from the time of Chazal, through the Middle Ages, and until today. We will study the insights of the Talmudic sages, halakhic decisors, and Jewish philosophers throughout the generations.

Part II: Individuals and family

In the second semester, we will focus on relationships in the family, covering such issues as intimacy and parenthood during different life stages.

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

Tehillim: The Poetry & Music of the Jewish Calendar

Michal Mintzer

(in Hebrew)

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Description

We will select chapters relevant to the Jewish calendar, focusing on the historical context as well as the universal emotions expressed in each. We will explore the text through various musical adaptations representing a wide range of styles and origins that include Israeli songs as well as classical works. We will study the sounds and the history of the music, its sources (expect surprises), the circumstances in which it was composed, and changes it underwent. We will endeavor to understand how music has been “recruited” for different purposes, and how alternative melodies and productions grant different meanings and significance to texts and events.

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

Mysterious Chapters in the History of the Jewish People

Uriel Feinerman

(in Hebrew)

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Semester I

 

Description

We will plumb obscure chapters in Jewish history such as the lost Ten Tribes, the holy vessels of the Temple, and the treasures of the Copper Scroll. We will wrestle with questions like, “Who was the real Josephus – Yoseph ben Matityahu or Josephus Flavius? Why did Bar Kokhba disappear over the years? Who were the Khazars (Kuzarim)? We will explore the stories of Dona Gracia, the Maharal of Prague and his Golem, and others.

Open to men & women. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

TUESDAYS at Matnas Gush Etzion

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The Power of Place: The Jewish Homeland from King David to David Ben Gurion

Sara Jo Ben Zvi

 

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

 

Description

This course will discuss the seminal sites of Jewish history and examine how, why and when they were imprinted on the memory of the People of Israel. Some highlights: The Covenant on Har Gerizim, Kabbala in Tzefat and Meron, Reclusion and Rebellion in the Judean Desert, the Temple Mount – Jerusalem’s Beating Heart. We’ll examine each place through the eyes of the Tanach, and in the writings of one or more Zionist leader or author.

Class is open to men & women. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

Separate registration for accompanying day tours.

Parsha Table Talk

Estee Fleischmann, Mali Brofsky, & Bracha Krohn

 

10:10 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Description

Explore thought-provoking ideas and questions from the Parsha, based in classical sources, and trigger lively family discussions.

Class is open to women only.   At Matnas Gush Etzion.


InDance: Soul & Movement

Taly Bank

11:40 AM -12:30 PM

 

Description

Dance & Movement for the body and soul. A simple, guided dance form performed to a variety of musical styles, aims to help you connect to yourself and to your body. Through concentration on the music, and its effect on movement, the dancer learns to release, relax, and unwind. Listen, Breathe, & Move.

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

The War within the War: The Jewish Struggle for Survival during the Holocaust

Yad Vashem

(in Hebrew)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Nov. 13, 2018 thru Feb. 12, 2019

 

Description

We will mark eighty years since the beginning of World War II, focusing on the Holocaust and the Jewish fight for survival.

This course will be given in participation with Yad Vashem’s School of Continuing Education.

Class is open to men & women.


Talmud for Women, Selected Topics

Rav Avia Hacohen

(in Hebrew)

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Description

Through the study of selected passages, we will familiarize ourselves with Talmudic structure and commentators, and the thinking behind Talmudic debates. We will assess the relevance of the texts for our times.

The learning is dynamic, with students’ active participation. Beginners warmly welcome.

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

WEDNESDAYS at Tiferet Avot in English

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From Anarchy to Monarchy: Shoftim & Shmuel I

Shani Taragin

 

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Description

We will explore the development of Am Yisrael from a tribal-based people to a unified nation with a king. We will study the religious, social and military challenges faced in the book of Shoftim and continue through the rise of the monarchy in the book of Shmuel. The narratives and the characters will spring to life as we begin to understand them through the eyes of the prophets, while paying special attention to the sites where they took place.

Class is open to women only.

Individual day tours to the focal sites of these narratives will accompany the course (separate registration and payment).

On dates of scheduled individual day tours with Shulie Mishkin, this course will not take place.

In the Footsteps of Giants: Walk the Paths of a Nation

Shulie Mishkin

Day tours in English

 

Description

Individual day trips in English, with expert tour guide Shulie Mishkin, on selected Wednesdays throughout the year. The sites visited will accompany the material learned in both Shani Taragin’s Tanach course and Sara Jo Ben Zvi’s Jewish History course.

Open to men & women.  All tours will leave from Efrat.

Price: Annual Course (6 day tours): 1,050 NIS.

Registration for annual tour course by July 16th: 900 NIS

Individual day trip: 220 NIS

#1   The Forming of a Nation:  Weds, Nov 7, 2018 

A view to the natural amphitheater where we entered into a covenant with God, and a visit to an ancient people who believe they are the true Jews.

Sites: Lookout to Shechem and Kever Yosef, Samaritan Visitors’ Center, Har Gerizim archaeological site. Times: 8:30-18:00.

#2   Philistines Upon You! : Weds, Dec. 19, 2018

The story of one of Israel’s worst enemies.

Sites: Tel Bet Shemesh, Kever Dan, Tel Tzora, Ashdod Museum ייתכן שינוי בתיאור ואתרים

Times: 8:30-14:00

 

#3   Build Me a Tabernacle: Weds, Jan. 23, 2019

The role of Shilo throughout the ages.

Sites: Bet El, Shilo, Tel Shilo. Times: 8:30-14:00.

#4   Saul’s Last Days: Weds, Feb. 13, 2019

The drama of the final battle of King Saul against the Philistines. Sites: Gilboa, Ein Yizrael, Bet Shean National Park. Times: 8:30-18:30.

#5   The First Kingdom of Judah: Weds, March 13, 2019

David’s early days as king in the southern Hebron Hills and in Hebron itself.

Sites: View to Hebron Hills, Sussya. Hebron – Mearat HaMachpelah, Tel Rumeida, Avraham Avinu Synagogue. Times: 8:30-17:00.

#6   One City, Undivided: Weds, May 15, 2019

An in-depth look at the City of David and its role as the capital of Israel. Sites: City of David, Yad Avshalom.  Times: 8:30-14:00.

WEDNESDAYS at Matnas Gush Etzion in Hebrew

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Midrash & Aggadah

Shlomit Ravitsky-Turpaz

(Hebrew)

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Semester I

 

Description

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

 

Jewish History: A Nation in the Making

Michal Campagnano-Ayali

(Hebrew)

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Semester II

 

 

Description

Jewish History from 1917 to 1948: The thirty-year period of the British Mandate had extraordinary impact on the country that was to become Israel. We will learn about the events, personalities, and institutions that served as the foundation of our modern state.

For women only. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

Parshat HaShavua & Methodologies in Oral Law

Rabbi Amihud Glaser

(in Hebrew)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Description

Open to men & women. At Matnas Gush Etzion.

Semester I: We will study a variety of commentators – both classical and modern – and examine their approaches.

Semester II: Introduction to the Oral Law and methodologies of learning.