Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fall 2019 @ OASIS Albuquerque

Great Courses of Jewish Interest
Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that
OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Fall 2019 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on
Wednesday September 4
but you can Wish List your selections now.

A brief word about time ...

Jewish Holidays - Fall 2019
Rosh Hashanah 1 = Monday September 30
Rosh Hashanah 2 = Tuesday October 1
Yom Kippur = Wednesday October 9
Sukkot 1 = Monday October 14
Sukkot 2 = Tuesday October 15
Shemini Atzeret = Monday October 21
Simchat Torah = Tuesday October 22

New Class Times
10:00 - 11:30 am       12:30 - 2:00 pm       2:30 - 4:00 pm

OASIS Albuquerque Executive Director Kathleen Raskob continues (as always) 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:

Sapiens: A Study & Discussion Group
6 Tuesdays Sep 24 - Oct 29 @ 10:00 am - #97
Instructor:s Barrie Segall & John Horton
What It Is: How did homo sapiens evolve from primates to become dominant on the planet? Discover answers in Yuval Noah Harari's book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Explore how we came to believe in gods, trust money and laws, and become enslaved by bureaucracy and consumerism. Each week a different class member sends out discussion topics from the book for the following class. This is a six-week study and discussion group; you must have the book for class; enrollment limited to 14.

Oscar Wilde: Wit, Humor, & Scandal
Tuesday October  10 @ 10:00 am - #98
Instructor: Norma Libman
What It Is: Explore the life of one of the most unusual men of English letters. Famous for his domestic comedies, he also wrote essays, children's books, poetry, and an enormous number of letters. He delighted people in America and the United Kingdom on his lecture tours. Sample his prose and his poetry, and discover his amazing wit. His life is fascinating to follow -- from the heights of fame to the depths of scandal and disgrace.

Pitfalls & Lessons: Learning From Our Past
Tuesday November 5 @ 2:30 pm - #134
Instructor: Harry Rosenfeld
What It Is: Is it "Those who forget the past are doomed to relive it?" or "I wish it were the good old days?" Which is the reality? Our technology-driven fast-paced world makes us long for a time that may or may not have existed. Can you imagine going back to paying for long-distance phone calls? Conversely, isn't it nice that we can now pre-order groceries and have them ready for pickup? What is the price we pay for living in these times? Be prepared to listen, share, and learn.

"David, King of Israel, Is Alive and Well"
Monday November 18 @ 10:00 am - #136
Instructor: Shlomo Karni
What It Is: From humble shepherd boy, David rose to become the most powerful and beloved king of ancient Israel, creating the dynasty of the House of David. He unified the tribal provinces into one strong kingdom, from the borders of Egypt to the Euphrates river, with Jerusalem as its political and spiritual capital. Explore the charismatic warrior and politician, as well as a gifted poet, who is referenced in the song “David, King of Israel, Is Alive and Well.”

Martin Buber: His Life & Philosophy
Thursday November 21 @ 10:00 am - #138
Instructor:  Michael Nutkiewicz
What It Is: Martin Buber (1878-1965) was a leading 20th century German-Jewish philosopher. His "philosophy of dialogue" -- found in his 1923 book I and Thou -- made Buber one of the most widely regarded spiritual thinkers in the West. He influenced the fields of religion, psychiatry, and education. Buber also brought the teachings of Hasidism to the general public through his translations (and re-writing) of Hasidic tales. Learn about his life and thought.

Regular OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist) Jane Ellen also continues (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of musical and Jewish interest.

Jane's courses this session include but are by no means limited to:

The Remarkable Danny Kaye 
Wednesday October 9 @ 12:30 pm - #108
What It Is: Mention the name Danny Kaye (1913-87) and odds are you won't get any of the following answers: orchestra conductor, ambassador for UNICEF, baseball enthusiast, Chinese and Italian chef, or commercial pilot. His well-known career as a singer, actor, dancer, and comedian was equally diverse and versatile, encompassing vaudeville, radio, film, television, and stand-up comedy. A complex individual, Kaye had as many facets to his personality as he had aspects to his overwhelming talents.

The Divine Bette Midler
Friday October 18 @ 10:00 am - #109
What It Is: Bette Midler (1945- ) began her career off-Broadway before moving to the Great White Way for Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation in the 1960s. She began to make her mark as a singer accompanied by Barry Manilow in 1970.  Since the release of her debut album, The Divine Miss M, in 1972, the Grammy Award winner has a string of 14 studio albums, three dozen films (dramatic and comedic), and multiple stage appearances to her credit.

Innovative Genius: The Three Stooges
Wednesday November 20 @ 10:00 am - #109
What It Is: The team known as The Three Stooges, despit e poor wages, health issues, and personnel changes, left behind a legacy of some of the finest comedies ever made. Many would argue against the label "innovative," but comedians still benefit from the routines they created. Before opinion began to swing in their favor, Steve Allen noted "Although they never achieved widespread critical acclaim, they did succeed in accomplishing what they had always intended to do: they made people laugh."

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