Monday, May 2, 2016

Summer 2016 @ OASIS Abq

Great Courses @ OASIS:  Abq Jew is pleased to announce that

OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Summer 2016 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on Wednesday May 4
but you can Wish List your selections now.

The mission of OASIS (as stated on the organization's website) is

To promote healthy aging through a three-fold approach: 
lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement. 
OASIS Albuquerque Executive Director Kathleen Raskob continues to work enthusiastically to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest. This session's courses and instructors include but are by no means limited to:

Expulsion and Memory: Conversos & Crypto-Jews in New Mexico
Wed 1 Jun 2016  @ 10:30 am - #112
Instructor: Norma Libman
What It Is: NM is home to descendants of Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. Some do not know their heritage; others know but continue practicing Christianity; still others are Christian but include Jewish rituals in their practice or secretly consider themselves Jews, engaging in a Crypto-Jewish lifestyle. In this class we will screen the film Expulsion and Memory and discuss the Converso story. This class is a good preparation for class #123, a tour of the new NM History Museum exhibit on this subject.

Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities
Wed 1 Jun 2016 @ 8:30 am - #123
Instructor: Norma Libman
What It Is: The museum exhibit Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities tells the story of how Spain's Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution and investigation, its people persisted to finally make a mark as successful merchants, artists, and philanthropists in New Mexico.

Working with institutions in Spain, Mexico City, and New York, exhibit curators Josef Díaz and Roger Martínez-Dávila gathered evidence which reunited Spanish artifacts with New World counterparts to reveal the history of the Spanish Sephardim - the stalwarts, the converts and the hidden Jews - and their long heritage within the Americas. A global story that played out on New Mexico soil, this monumental exhibit details one of history's most compelling chronicles of human tenacity and the power of cultural identity.

Travel to Santa Fe with Norma Libman, who provides introductory information on the bus about the Fractured Faiths exhibit. At the NM History Museum, take a tour with Josef Diaz, the Museum's curator of Southwest and Mexican Colonial Art and History Collections. After time to explore the Museum, lunch is on your own in the Santa Fe Plaza area. On the return trip, there will be an opportunity for participants to discuss the exhibit with Norma Libman.

In preparation for the trip, we also recommend "Expulsion and Memory: Conversos & Crypto-Jews in New Mexico" (Class #112 on June 1) with Norma Libman.

Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love
Thu 16 Jun 2016 @ 10:30 am - #88
Instructor: Shefa Gold
What It Is: Words of creation, transformation, and healing are hidden in plain sight. When you find the divine breath within and resuscitate those words, they come alive and become a vehicle of power and healing. In this workshop, explore the power and magic of Hebrew Chant as we transform the words of prayer into spiritual practice. All are welcome. You do not have to be Jewish or know how to sing or meditate.

Legendary Leaders in Albuquerque's History
Thu 7 Jul 2016 @ 10:30 am - #117
Instructor: Richard Melzer
What It Is: Spanish settlers founded Albuquerque in 1706. The settlement developed from a small farming community into NM's largest city. Richard Melzer discusses dozens of the notable men and women participated in this remarkable growth. Legendary locals in Albuquerque include those who played important roles in politics and diplomacy; the military; law and order; religion and education; art and literature; culture and entertainment; business and tourism; health, science, technology, and space; and sports.

American Songwriter: George Gershwin
Mon 1 Aug 2016 @ 1:00 pm - #69
Instructor: Jane Ellen
What It Is: George Gershwin (1898-1937) was one of the first great voices of "American" music in the 20th century. At the time of his death, he was slated to win the first Pulitzer prize for musical comedy (awarded posthumously), had written an opera, composed for stage and screen, and had created symphonic works that served to whet the appetites of modern concert-goers in the US. This class will explore Gershwin's major works as well as his popular tunes.

Joseph in Three Dimensions: Literature, Visual Art, & Music
Wed 10 Aug 2016  @ 10:30 am - #93
Instructor: Paul Citrin
What It Is: Joseph is one of the most fascinating, multi-dimensional Biblical figures. We will examine his life from literary, philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic viewpoints, and explore his life for universal values which apply to our time.

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