A NEW WAY TO ADULT EDUCATION – Sulam Learning Academy Spring Semester Begins

We have successfully completed the first semester of our new adult education program, Sulam Learning Academy, which meets on Monday evenings at Sulam Yaakov. Open to the broader community, over 30 adults from CSY and other synagogues have participated in this academically challenging program. Newcomers are welcome to join for the Spring Semester, which will launch on January 28, 2019.

Two classes will be offered back-to-back each evening:

  • Jewish Wisdom through an Artistic Lens, taught by Amy Gottlieb at 7pm
  • Judaism and Anthropology: Uncovering the Hidden Forces of Religion, taught by Rabbi Dr. Alfredo Borodowski MSW at 8:10pm

All are welcome to come to one or both classes. For those who are new, both the Rabbi and Amy will offer a summary of the Fall Semester on January 28th.

In Amy’s class we will focus on how art brings Torah to life in new ways. In the Spring Semester, Amy will transition from last semester’s exploration of poetry to begin studying music and visual arts that shed light on Jewish tradition. Along the way, we’ll discover insights and perspectives that reveal hidden aspects of the text, deepening our personal connection to Jewish teachings.

In Rabbi Borodowski’s class we will delve deeper into how religions are built around key concepts such as sacred and profane; ordinary and otherworldly time and space; and this world and the world to come. By understanding how these concepts interact with each other, we will uncover the forces that shape reality. Suddenly issues such as why Jerusalem is so important or why Yom Kippur became the central holiday will become clear. This course will provide you with the tools to decode any religious ritual or concept.

Refreshments will be served during the brief break between classes.

For more information, contact Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski at aborodowski@gmail.com or 914-420-5639.

Instructor Bio’s:

Amy Gottlieb is a novelist, poet, and educator. Her debut novel, The Beautiful Possible, was a finalist for the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and a National Jewish Book Award. She has taught at the Drisha Institute, Beyond Walls at Kenyon College, at literary conferences, and in various Jewish communal settings. Amy has an MA in comparative literature from the University of Chicago, and for many years worked as the publications director at the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski was raised in Argentina, where he earned his law degree at the University of Buenos Aires and was ordained as rabbi at the Seminario Latinoamericano. He was a Senior Educator at the Melton Center in Jerusalem. He received an MA in Rabbinic Literature and a doctorate in Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he taught for over a decade. Rabbi Borodowski is a graduate of the Adelphi Graduate School of Social Work. He served as Executive Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute for North America. His book on Rabbi Yitzchak Abravanel is considered to be an important contribution to philosophical interpretation of the Bible. Rabbi Borodowski is founding rabbi of Congregation Sulam Yaakov.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Sheila and Bob Friedland.