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Education

Adult Learners

To serve life-long learners in our region and beyond, we offer thematic lectures, workshops, multi-session classes, and distance learning opportunities. Join us for a lively educational experience.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES

WINTER 2014

Hebrew Calligraphy and the Gilded Word 

Instructor: Dr. Susan Leshnoff

Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Calligraphy 1)

Sunday, December 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Calligraphy 2)

$45/$35 Members. Materials will be provided.  Registration deadline: November 19

Learn the art of Hebrew calligraphy in time to create your own unique holiday gifts!

Calligraphy 1: Practice writing Hebrew letters in formal calligraphy and then try your hand at embellishing a word or letter using ink and water-based color linked to in the tradition of medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts and more contemporary illuminated haggadot * and ketubot*.

Calligraphy 2: Review basic Hebrew calligraphy techniques and further explore the art of gilding and decorating Hebrew letters. 

Dr. Susan Leshnoff, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and former Chair of the Department of Art, Music and Design at Seton Hall University, has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA in Art History), University of the Arts (MA in Painting/Art Education), and Columbia University (Ed.D. in Art Education). Before arriving at Seton Hall University, she coordinated the art education programs at Montclair State University (New Jersey) as Assistant Professor and lectured on the history of Jewish art at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey for 5 years. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, she frequently offered workshops in Jewish art in New Jersey. A painter in water-based media, her artwork has recently been exhibited in New York City, Philadelphia and galleries in New Jersey, currently has a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo (New York), and will be in a group show at the Pleiades Gallery (New York City)  in December.  

Haggadot-the text recited during Jewish Passover. *Ketubot-Jewish marriage contacts.

FALL 2014
"BASEBALL AND BECOMING AMERICAN" 
 
Instructor: Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert
Drawing on primary and secondary sources featured in Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, this series of lectures will examine the ways in which American baseball has served as a reflection of and a catalyst for the development of American culture since the 19th century. It will focus on the ways baseball was an agent of integration for new arrivals to America, as well as an arena for addressing civil rights. The role of baseball in transmitting values and traditions across generations through familial relationships will also be explored.

Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert is a Professor of Religion at Temple University. She is also the author of Out of Left Field: Jews and Baseball and advisor to Chasing Dreams.

Special guest instructor: Jeffery S. Gurock is the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University and an advisor to Chasing Dreams.

Click here to register! 


SPRING 2014

"TZEDEK TZEDEK TIRDOF": AMERICAN JEWS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE"

June 3, 10, 17, 24; 10:30-12:00 
Instructor: Reena Sigman Friedman, Ph.D.
Jews have been disproportionately represented in movements for social justice in this country. Why have so many Jews been drawn to the labor, consumer, anti-poverty, civil rights, civil liberties, and women's movements, among others, and what valuable contributions have they made? This class will familiarize students with the work of American Jews who have "made a difference." We will discuss the writings of Jewish activists such as Clara Lemlich Shavelson, Stephen Wise, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, exploring the ways in which traditional Jewish values, the Jewish historical experience, and trends in American society shaped their activism. These historical figures serve as inspiring role models for individuals and groups engaged in "tikkun olam" (repairing the world) efforts today.

 The Museum is pleased to offer a general highlight tour and a variety of thematic tours. These tours are available with advanced reservation only. For groups with limited mobility we offer Museum experience that consists of a lecture followed by a shorter walking tour of the Museum. New Tours are added regularly, come back soon! For more information about group reservations go to http://www.nmajh.org/grouppricing/ or contact Group Services at 215. 923.3811 x 141 or groups@nmajh.org

INTRODUCTORY TOUR

Geared to first-time visitors to the Museum, this docent-led tour offers an overview of 350 years of the American Jewish experience from 1654 to the present. Covering all three floors of the Core Exhibition, explore key artifacts and stories in the context of the ongoing challenges and opportunities presented by unprecedented freedom. This is a great way to become oriented on the Exhibition’s many galleries, objects, films and interactive components before returning with friends and family or scheduling one of the more focused tours below.

WOMEN IN AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY 

This tour enables visitors to explore the changing roles of women over 350 years of American Jewish history, as well as the contributions they made to Jewish and American life from the 17th century to today. Notables include Abigail Franks, Rebecca Gratz, Henrietta Szold, Emma Goldman, and Betty Friedan.

AMERICAN JEWS AND AMERICAN LAW 

From the tenets of Jewish liturgy that helped shape America's Constitution, to the contributions of American Jews who fought to uphold American principles of freedom and justice, this tour offers profound insights into the American Jewish experience, while encountering individuals such as Commodore Uriah Levy, Rose Schneiderman, Louis Brandeis, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Coming Soon:

ART, CREATIVITY, AND DESIGN
AMERICAN JEWISH WRITERS
AMERICA’S HISTORY OF IMPERFECT FREEDOM
AMERICAN JEWS ON THE FRONTIER
SPOTLIGHT TALKS

Spotlight talk are available every day throughout the Museum.  Look for our Gallery Guides during your visit.

TRAVELING LECTURES SERIES

Inspired by the diverse content of our core exhibition, we are pleased to offer a series of traveling lectures highlighting different aspects of the American Jewish experience. Our highly trained instructors will bring the excitement of the Museum directly to your community and inspire you to further explore the Museum’s collection in-person or online.

 Create your own lecture series by choosing from the following themes: (New subjects are added regularly)

  • Museum Overview
  • Women in American Jewish History
  • Art, Creativity, and Design
  • American Jewish Writers
  • American Jews and the Law

 Coming Soon

  • America’s History of Imperfect Freedom

What to expect: Each one hour lecture includes a PowerPoint presentation followed by a discussion. Our speaker will come to your location Each attendee will receive a discount on admission to the Museum

  For questions, contact the Education Department at 215 923.3811 x 153 or education@nmajh.org To book lectures, contact Group Services at 215. 923.3811 x 141 or groups@nmajh.org

 Printable information is available here.

VIRTUAL LECTURES SERIES

Coming Soon

DOCENT PROGRAM

The Museum does not plan to conduct training for new docents during the 2012/2013 year. If you would like to join a mailing list for an announcement of the next class, please send your name and email to education@nmajh.org. Thank you for your interest!

 Docent Program NMAJH Docent Portal (log in required)

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

For information on internship opportunities click here http://www.nmajh.org/Internship/