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Stephen Wise Temple, our partner up the street, has opened up their Melton School program to our LBT members at the same rate as Wise members. Tuition is $295 for ten weeks, all classes start the first week in October.

Read below to learn more about each of the classes, including start times, class descriptions, and more!

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Biblical Women: Emerging from the margins through Midrash (10 weeks)

Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m.
Taught by Rabbi Janet Madden
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 (NO CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK)
Dec. 7, 14

Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Taught by Rabbi Janet Madden
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 (NO CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK)
Dec. 7, 14

Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m.
Taught by Rabbi Janet Madden
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18 (NO CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK)
Dec. 2, 9, 16

Shemot I (10 Weeks)
Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m.
Taught by Mr. Benzy Kogen
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 (NO CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK)
Dec. 7, 14

Medical Ethics (10 Weeks)
Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m.
Taught by Rabbi Adam Schaffer
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 10, 17  (NO CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK)
Dec. 1, 8, 15 

Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash

In this ten-lesson course, learners will delve into reading classical and modern midrash, exploring some of the major female figures of the Bible, and gaining multiple perspectives on their characters, relationships, and choices. By utilizing the midrash’s strategy that reads texts very closely, the “behind the scenes” will be uncovered—clarifying issues that are seemingly unaddressed in the biblical text but can be found when looking for textual hints.  Learners will discover how the form and content of midrash changes as contemporary writers and artists add their interpretations to ancient traditions. In the fertile ground of midrashic study, these biblical women emerge from the margins of the biblical text becoming full characters whose legacies guide and inspire.

The course will answer questions like:

  • What became of Eve when she leaves the Garden of Eden? 
  • How did Sarah react to the Binding of Isaac?
  • What conversations transpired between sisters Rachel and Leah as co-wives of Jacob?
  • What motivated Lot’s wife to look back at the destruction of Sedom?
  • What thoughts went through Yocheved’s mind when she placed Moses in the Nile?
  • What factors motivated Pharoah’s daughter’s defiance of her father’s decree?
  • What behind-the-scenes interactions occurred between Deborah, the judge, and Yael, the Kenite, in the battle against the Canaanites and their general Sisera?
  • Did Hannah come to terms with her vow to have the son for whom she had desperately prayed serve in the Sanctuary, separated from her?

From Slavery to Sinai (Exodus / Shemot Part I)

Focusing on some of the world’s most profound stories, the Shiv’im Panim (“70 Faces”) series highlights 70 text selections from the Jewish Bible Based on the tradition that Torah has “70 faces,” or ways to interpret and understand it. The curriculum features a multi-faceted approach to Torah study incorporating:

  • Modern and classical commentaries
  • Interpretations by rabbis, scholars, artists, and poets
  • Key Hebrew vocabulary
  • Discussions of the real-life implications the stories have for us in our time

This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharoah’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define some of the critical moments in these texts and offer us a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 – Pharaoh’s Paranoia

Lesson 2 – Moshe’s CV

Lesson 3 – The Burning Bush

Lesson 4 – Bridegroom of Blood

Lesson 5 – Off to a Tough Start

Lesson 6 – Hail: Profile of a Plague

Lesson 7 – The First Pesach

Lesson 8 – Into the Sea

Lesson 9 – Manna from Heaven

Lesson 10 – Amalek

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of it: The scope of this field was simply unimaginable a generation ago. This 10-lesson course explores what Judaism has to say on several challenging issues, including human and animal cloning, surrogate motherhood and multiple parenting, genetic identity, and assisted suicide. Author Rabbi Dr. Elliot Dorff is a world-renowned expert and Professor of Jewish Philosophy and the author of many books including: Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics, and co-editor of twelve books including The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 – Cloning of Plants, Animals, and Humans

Lesson 2 – Prenatal Interventions and the Termination of Pregnancy

Lesson 3 – Surrogate Motherhood and Multiple Parents

Lesson 4 – Sperm Banking and Posthumous Sperm Retrieval

Lesson 5 – Genetic Identity

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