CAJE announces new adult education classes

Central Agency for Jewish Education will offer three new adult education classes in February at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur:

• “Reading the Gospel Through a Jewish Lens”: This course is designed to provide an understanding of the historical basis of anti-Semitism, the enmity between Christians and Jews, and the efforts in the 20th century to reconcile and resolve these differences. This 12-week course, taught by Sheldon Enger, will be divided into two six-week units. Participants may enroll in one or both sessions. The first session runs from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at CAJE. The cost of each six-week session is $150; participants signing up for both sessions will pay only $275 for the full 12 weeks.

• “Genesis Like You’ve Never Read it Before”: Participants will explore midrashic interpretations of the Genesis texts that predate the rabbis. Topics include: The children of Angels and humans, insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls regarding Abraham and Sarah, Joseph and Aseneth, the Book of Jubilees and the Book of Tobit. This five-week course, taught by Naomi Jacobs, begins from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9. Tuition for this course is $100. Texts will be provided.

• “The Five Scrolls-Hamesh M’gilot”: The five M’gilot or scrolls – Songs of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther – are read on the Jewish holidays. Study of these books as a unit will offer an opportunity to develop new insights and enriched understanding of these fascinating texts. Rabbi Lane Steinger will begin teaching this six-week course from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Tuition for this course is $120.

All three courses will be offered at CAJE. To register or for additional information, contact Cyndee Levy at [email protected] or 314-442-3754.