Who is eligible?
• Members, staff and friends of The Sholem Community, SoCal Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle), as well as others, including graduates of the Jeremiah Project, willing to commit to an intensive two-year course of study. Applicants will be asked to submit a brief description of past education and/or activities in Jewish and general cultural/educational/social movements.
• Maximum enrollment: 15 individuals.
• Apply no later than Jan. 21, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the commitment?
• Two Sunday evening sessions per month, each 2-1/2 hours (60 class hours total)
• Significant advance reading/research
• Readiness to participate in seminar-style discussions, led by participants as
well as instructors
• Purchase of books and publications recommended by instructors
• Nominal fees, dependent upon offsetting grants from outside sources
What will be covered?
Approximately six sessions (15 hrs.) will be devoted to each topic:
• History and Basic Ideas of Secular Jewishness
• Critical examination of Tanakh (Hebrew bible); post-biblical literature
• Jewish calendar and holidays
• World Jewish history
• Eastern European Jewish history
• American Jewish history (incl. Rediscovering Our Radical Roots)
• Yiddish literature in translation
• Jewish American literature
* Certification as Secular Jewish vegvayzer/Leaders:
an An additional year of study (February - December 2015) covering:
• Developing Secular Jewish life-cycle and holiday ceremonies in community and home settings
• Reviewing/Developing curricula for Secular Jewish schools
• Hershl Hartman, Certified Secular Jewish vegvayzer; faculty,
International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism; Ed. Dir., The Sholem
Community; District Committee, SoCal Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle)
• Other Certified vegvayzer in Southern California
• Noted scholars in L.A. area Secular Jewish movements/institutions
• Invited guest lecturers from L.A. area higher learning faculties