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“Bagel University” (commonly known as “Bagel U”) is a learning experience where members teach members at the Shul or in their homes on a broad range of topics within Jewish heritage, religion, culture, and the arts.
Bagel U will continue into 2019 with a full line-up of courses and lectures. The courses and lectures are described more fully on individual flyers available by clicking the links below:
- Shofar Blowing 101
- Poetry and Prayer for Non-Poets
- Synagogues of Philadelphia (Region)
- Introducing Jewish Breathing
“Bagel U” classes are a way of helping our members gain a deeper understanding of topics of personal interest that are related to Judaism. Members are encouraged to offer their suggestions of classes they'd like to attend as well as classes they'd like to lead!
Poetry Cafe: The first Kehilat HaNahar Poetry Cafe was called a flaming success. Words lit up the Shabbat evening from the creativity of our own KHN members delivering heartfelt and humorous works.
Participating readers included: Lynn Levin, David Stoller, Andre Salz, Jennifer Fritch, Rabbi Diana, Abraham Leibson and Richard Kirschner. Also, someone read Susan Rattner’s haikus for her in her absence. The works of some of the authors can be read here.
Jews Learning About Islam: Our own Andre Salz delivered his talk about his own experiences of interacting with and learning about the history and the people who practice Islam.
The emphasis was on meeting people with a shared history and engaging on a human, not ideological or political level.
Fall 2018 classes included:
Jewish Pickles 201: Jewish Gasronomic Heritage: A hands-on experience in making sour pickles was led by Arnie Feineman. Everyone went home with a quart of pickles and a smile, awaiting the 10 days for the pickles to mature. Our gratitude to Arnie.
Understanding The Place for Jews in the World and Our Connection to Israel: A three-part class met at a member's home to discuss the film ‘Jerusalem 1913’ about the events and characters in Turkish-controlled Palestine and the implications of that history today. The classes continued with readings and discussion about anti-semitism and the connection of American Jews to Israel.
Sephardic Cooking: A KHN member Ira Friedman hosted a dinner for a small group that was introduced to the slicing, dicing and cooking of a distrinctly Sephardic meal from Aleppo.
Over the years, courses have included:
Mezuzah Making got started in the ceramic studio of Sharon Leibson where participants created and painted their own personal mezuzahs. Mezuzahs are placed as doorposts at the entrance to a Jewish home.
Hebrew Prayer with Understanding, led by Susan Rattner, examined each word in a selected prayer for subtle meaning and relevance to one’s personal life, making the experience of prayer creative and anything but routine.
Jewish Intellectual History, which started at the home of Abraham Leibson, has investigated philosophical ideas from intellectual leaders such as Baruch Spinoza and Martin Buber. Meetings at member homes occur several times a year on topics of members' choosing.
There was a series of classes held to learn about Jewish Food Preparations related to the holiday season. Classes included making Hamantashen (fruit-filled triangle-shaped cookies) for Purim, baking challah (twisted bread) for Shabbat, and preparing Passover foods.