Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Fall 2021 @ OASIS Abq

Great Courses of Jewish Interest

Jewish Star

Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that
OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Fall 2021 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on
Wednesday September 1
but you can Wish List your selections now.

OASIS Albuquerque Executive Director Kathleen Raskob and her staff continue (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest.

OASIS Albuquerque

This fall, OASIS Albuquerque plans to offer many
classes LIVE and many classes via Zoom.

SEP 1 UPDATE: Masks and proof of vaccination
are now required for all in-person Oasis classes.

Man plans God laughs
This session's courses and instructors include, but are by no means limited to:


Choosing to Die:
New Mexico's End-of-Life Options Act

Monday September 13 @ 10:00 - #117
Instructor: Joan McIver Gibson
What It Is: In June 2021, New Mexico joined 9 other states and the District of Columbia as its medical aid in dying act “came online”. What does this law mean for patients, families and health care providers? What is in the law? How have end-of-life medical decisions changed, if at all, over the past 40 years? Why do some argue that these decisions are not “suicide,” while others claim that indeed they are. This presentation will highlight some of the ethical, historical, legal, medical and religious dimensions of New Mexico’s End-of-Life Options Act.

Carl Reiner | Mel Brooks

Carl Reiner || & || Mel Brooks:
The Grandmasters of American Comedy
Friday October 1 @ 10:00 - #127zoom
Instructor: Brian Rose
What It Is: For more than seven decades, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks made America laugh—either through their remarkable solo careers or their legendary partnership. Whether together or apart, they were giants of American comedy, who basically conquered every field they entered, whether television, movies, Broadway, or records. This presentation examines their extraordinary achievements, beginning with their work together on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows and their creation of the 2000 Year Old Man, to their individual accomplishments as writers, directors, and performers. 

Abq Downtown

Homelessness in Albuquerque:
Understanding and Addressing the Issue
Tuesday October 12 @ 12:30 - #122
Instructor: Jennifer Metzler
What It Is: Did you know that on a single night more than 1,500 people in Albuquerque experience homelessness? They live in shelters, on the streets, in their cars, in jails or hospitals, and in other locations not meant for habitation. You see them every day. Jennifer Metzler addresses the issues related to homelessness, including its causes, solutions, differentiating/unique characteristics, and effective models for addressing the health-related consequences of homelessness.

Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine:
What Happened to It?
Wednesday October 13 @ 12:30 - #159
Instructor: Noel Pugach
What It Is: The Monroe Doctrine was a bedrock of United States foreign policy since it was proclaimed by President James Monroe in 1823. It was restated and reinterpreted over the next 150 years, most recently in the 1960s with regard to the Cuban Missile Crisis and turmoil in Central America. But it is hardly mentioned today. What did it say? What happened to it? Is it alive or dead? Or has it been transformed? Come and explore these and other questions that the class will consider.

Tower of Babel

Babble & Babbling: Lessons
from the Bible Story of the Tower of Babel
Monday November 15 @ 10:00 - #202
Instructor: Michael Nutkiewicz
What It Is: It’s a simple story (just nine verses) found in Genesis 11: people start to build a tower and God punishes them. It’s also fun to read: full of inversions, word plays, ironies, and puns. The story has caught the imagination of philosophers, painters, and writers. We will do a close textual reading, and examine some rabbinic interpretations, focusing on one particular dilemma raised by the story: diversity. We’ll also look at two paintings from the Renaissance that offer their own interpretation.

Middle East

The Middle East 2021: Reflections
Thursday November 18 @ 10:00 - #125
Instructor: Emile Nakhleh
What It Is: The Middle East in 2021 has experienced major developments and faced many challenges, politically, economically, militarily, and socially. In addition to the ongoing disastrous war in Yemen, the region went through a short but bloody war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and has witnessed several major political upheavals in several countries, including Israel and Lebanon. The Middle East has also seen a concerning rise in poverty, unemployment, corruption, and distrust of political and social institutions. Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.

Babylonian Talmud

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
Judaism But Were Afraid to Ask, 
And Now You Can
Wednesday December 8 @ 10:00 - #204
Instructor: Harry Rosenfeld
What It Is: Have you ever wondered why Judaism does not believe Jesus is the Messiah? How does Judaism view other religions? Can a Jew be an atheist, an agnostic, a transcendentalist? What does Judaism teach about the afterlife and what it looks like? Do Jews read the Bible literally? What is the Talmud? Now is your chance to ask these or any other questions you may have ever had about Judaism and Jews. The challenge is to stump the Rabbi. Give it your best try!


World War II in New Mexico
Thursday December 9 @ 12:30 - #231
Instructors: John Taylor & Richard Melzer
What It Is: New Mexico is well known for development of the first nuclear weapon, an accomplishment that helped to end World War II.  However, our state made numerous other contributions to the war effort.  In addition to providing details of the work at Los Alamos, his presentation will describe the Bataan Death March, the Navajo Code Talkers, the “New Mexico Navy,” the “atomic espionage,” the extensive contributions of men and women on the “home front,” the prisoner of war camps, the air corps training facilities, and the black mark left on the state because of the incarceration of Japanese-Americans. 


But Wait

Jane Ellen Farewell

Beloved OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist, and new Floridian) 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:

Remembering Lenny:
The Life of Leonard Bernstein
Tuesday September 21 @ 12:30 - #175zoom
What It Is: Composer, conductor, and perhaps most importantly, a born teacher, Leonard Bernstein (1918-90) was a unique voice in American music of the 20 the century. His creative energies appeared boundless encompassing theater, symphonic works, film scores, ballets, opera, chamber music, and concerts designed especially for children. He presented lectures and authored books, famously helped define jazz alongside Louis Armstrong, and generously gave of himself as a philanthropist, and political and social activist.

But Wait

Goddess of Arno

Goddess of Arno presents

A Musical Tour
of the Balkans and Beyond
Friday December 10 @ 2:00 - #194
What It Is: Goddess of Arno Balkan Band takes you on a musical tour of Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Turkey. The five-piece ensemble performs traditional ethnic dance music that is indigenous to the Balkan countries, in eastern Europe, and other regions along the Mediterranean. Music is introduced and shared from an historical and cultural perspective and translations of songs are given.

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