Adult Education


Upcoming Teachers Seminar Features Top Holocaust Experts

The city’s top names in Holocaust education have teamed up to sponsor a four-part seminar on “The Relevance of Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century,” aimed at moving Holocaust education into an era when relying on survivor testimony will no longer be feasible.

Sponsored by The Anti-Defamation League (ADL); The Center for Excellence on the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance; the Museum of Tolerance and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the seminar sis designed for middle and high school teachers but is open to anyone interested in the topic.

The four sessions, held on consecutive Sundays, 4-8 p.m., starting Jan. 27, will trace the path of the Holocaust beginning with forced emigration through to the camps. Session three will focus on resistance and rescue, while session four will deal with “Translation into the Classroom and Contemporary Challenges.”

Professors from local universities, education experts and Holocaust experts will lead the sessions, which will take place at the Museum of Tolerance and ADL headquarters.

The $60 fee ($70 after Jan. 13) covers all sessions, kosher dinner and $20 worth of classroom materials. The seminars qualify for LAUSD salary points and Bureau of Jewish Education credit. For more information, contact Jackie Louk at ADL, (310) 446-8000, ext. 232 or e-mail Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Learning Group Holds Next Retreat in Maui

Kol Echad calls itself a learning community without borders, and it means it in every sense. The first event for the group based in Charlotte, N.C., was on the topic of comparative Judaism, led via conference call by a post-denominational rabbi in Austin, Texas.

That spirit continues with the second annual Maui retreat, taking place Feb. 21-26.

Topics include Jewish mysticism, women in the Jewish tradition, and an experiential class where Torah and Maui will be fused. Educator Gavriel Meir-Levi will teach the book of Jonah on a private whale-watching excursion, study the Mount Sinai experience atop Mount Haleakala and contemplate a return to Eden in the Iao Valley.

Kosher provisions are available.

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West Valley Synagogues Ready for Winter Kallah

Saturday may come but once a week, but this is the Year of Shabbat for the West Valley. Starting in September, local synagogues of all denominations began to receive a monthly newsletter and take part both in shulwide and communitywide activities centering on a specific theme relating to Shabbat. Coordinated by the Rabbinic Task Force of the Jewish Federation West Valley Alliance, the program has gotten off to a strong start.

January’s theme is holiness, and that will be the focus of the Winter Kallah, or study retreat, held on three consecutive Monday evenings.

Participants will come together to explore the elusive concept of holiness through studying sacred texts, interacting with rabbis and engaging in activities to better understand and live a life of holiness.

The Annual Winter Kallah will take place at Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B in Calabasas, Mondays, Jan. 10, 17 and 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information call (818) 880-4880 or visit

Lunch (or Dinner) and Learn

The Jewish Studies Institute offers a range of classes at varying levels for those interested in learning about Judaism.

Tuesdays and Thursdays bring Lunch and Learn, with biblical Hebrew for beginners (11 a.m.) and advanced (12 p.m.) on Tuesdays, and an introduction to kabbalah class taught by Rabbi Ari Hier on Thursdays at noon. Classes are $8 and include a light kosher lunch.

If doing lunch doesn’t work for you, Talmud for Dummies is the fare for Monday evenings at 7 p.m., also taught by Hier. All programs are for men and women.

For more information and class locations, call (310) 772-2467.