Monday, December 27, 2021

Spring 2022 @ OASIS Abq

Great Courses of Jewish Interest

Jewish Star

Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that
OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Spring 2022 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on

Wednesday January 5
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 continue to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest.

OASIS Albuquerque

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

Masks and proof of vaccination
are 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:

US Foreign Policy

US Foreign Relations
and President Harry S Truman
Thursday January 27 @ 10:00 - #144
Instructor: Noel Pugach
What It Is: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s sudden death and the succession of Vice President Harry S. Truman stunned and worried the foreign policy establishment. Truman seemed provincial and lacked substantive experience. And yet, the former Missouri politician and senator performed superbly, thanks to his common sense, historical perspective, and able advisers. Truman responded to Europe’s collapse, Soviet Union challenges, China’s Communist takeover. And then, what did it mean to be president at the onset of the Cold War?.

Wheels Museum

WHEELS Museum Tour
Tuesday February 8 @ 10:00 - #229
Instructor: Leba Freed
What It Is: Visit the Wheels Museum in the Albuquerque Rail Yards and learn about its history and the history of the incredible individuals who built our city and state. For decades, as many as 2,000 workers repaired 40 locomotives every month. Tour the museum’s exhibits which include antique cars and fire truck, model train layouts, rare “train” artifacts, a World War II exhibit, and Alvarado room. Note: Admission is included in class fee. Limited enrollment.

Vilna Gaon Museum

Jewish Vilna:
The Jerusalem of Lithuania
Thursday March 3 @ 10:00 - #150
Instructor: Michael Nutkiewicz
What It Is: Vilna (Yiddish)/Vilnius (Lithuanian)/Wilno (Polish) was the most vibrant Jewish city in Europe before World War II. It was home to revolutionaries, secular Yiddish scholars, and rabbinic geniuses. The city was claimed by several nations and occupied by many armies. Jewish Vilna disappeared during the Holocaust but its contributions to Jewish scholarship, art, and literature remain with us. Find out why Vilna was called “The Jerusalem of Lithuania.”


Who Was Jesus?
A Conversation -
Rev Frank Yates and Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld
Monday March 28 @ 10:00 - #198
What It Is: This conversation between two friends, Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld and Rev Frank Yates, explores the meaning of Jesus for the Jewish and Christian traditions. Part of our conversation is responding to the book Jesus the Jew: A Historian’s Reading of the Gospels by Geza Vermes, a noted Jewish scholar who focuses on the historical Jesus. This conversation hopefully can help all participants understand how Jesus both unites and divides the Jewish and Christian traditions. This conversation is to further inter-faith dialogue and cooperation.


But Wait

Jane Ellen Farewell

Beloved OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist, and now 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:

Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore:
It's Her Party
Friday January 21 @ 12:30 - #169zoom
What It Is: At the age of 16, Lesley Gore (1946-2015) scored a number one single with the angst-laden teenage pop hit “It’s My Party.” After recording a string of top 40 hits including “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry” she turned to acting, eventually becoming a television personality, successful songwriter, and LGBT activist. The song “Out Here on My Own,” co-written with brother Michael Gore for the award-winning film Fame (1980) was nominated for an Academy Award.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr:
Electronic Technology Pioneer
Thursday April 7 @ 2:30 - #112zoom
What It Is: Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was billed by Louis B. Mayer as “the world’s most beautiful woman,” but there was far more to this remarkable woman than MGM’s sexist billing would have you believe. Lamarr appeared in 30 films across a 28-year career in Europe and the United States; more importantly, she was a gifted inventor who advised Howard Hughes on airplane design and pioneered the technology that forms the basis for today’s WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth communication systems.

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