Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Summer 2023 @ OASIS Abq

 Great Courses of Jewish Interest

Jewish Star

Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that
OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Spring 2023 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on

Wednesday May 3
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.

Ducks Lined Up

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

Summer 2023

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

Lonely River Village
Memoir Writing
How to Tell Your Story
Friday May 12 @ 12:30 - #155
Instructor: Norma Libman
What It Is: Back by popular demand! Everyone has a story to tell, and now is the time to tell yours. Learn how to retrieve memories you thought were forgotten, how to get them written down, and how to organize them into your own life story. Bring paper and pen for writing exercises and you will have written a start to your memoir when the workshop is over. Limited enrollment.

We'll Always Have Paris:
Celebrating Casablanca at 80

Wednesday May 17 @ 12:30 - #117Z
Instructor: Dan Sherman
What It Is: Although conceived as a standard studio film, Casablanca was quickly recognized as a great romantic film, full of memorable characters and iconic lines, all supported by one of Hollywood’s greatest scores. This class provides the backstory to the film, places it within the studio production system, and describes how it developed from an unfinished script when shooting began into the Best Picture of 1942. The talk also includes clips from the movie, discusses its actors and creators, and highlights reasons for its appeal. 

Jews in the Manhattan Project
Monday May 22 @ 12:30 - #136Z
Instructor: Jack Shlachter
What It Is: Los Alamos officially became a town in 1943 with the creation of the Manhattan Project and the secret science community. A 1945 snapshot of the theoretical division roster at Los Alamos reveals a leadership structure that is disproportionately of Jewish heritage. Of the roughly 80 individuals in the division, four (all Jewish) would go on to become Nobel Laureates. In this talk we meet members of this leadership team as well as some key Jewish scientists outside the theoretical division.

St P
The Catholic Church Inside the Third Reich
Thursday May 25 @ 10:00 - #159
Instructor: Christopher Zugger
What It Is: H-tl-r saw the Church as a major enemy. Within days of signing the concordat with the Vatican in 1933, persecution began. Learn about Catholic laity and clergy who fought Nazism, wavered, fully collaborated, or were martyred. Hear stories of people who helped rescue Jews; parents who fought for their children; brave journalists; and those who suffered in the camps, including 1,000 priests in Dachau. It’s a little-known but fascinating and inspiring story.

Black Death Jews
The Black Death
Friday June 9 @ 10:00 - #137
Instructor: Lizabeth Johnson
What It Is: In 1347, a highly infectious disease reached Europe’s shores. That disease, which became known as the Black Death, spread rapidly from city to city, killing thousands and leaving few areas untouched. Physicians and priests offered little hope against the scourge, leading ordinary people to embrace false remedies and scapegoat vulnerable individuals. This class examines the medieval response to the plague as well as what more recent research has revealed about it.

Civil Society
Jewish Ideas on Creating Civil Society
Thursday June 29 @ 10:00 - #161
Instructor: Paul J Citrin
What It Is: In a time when civil society seems to be unraveling, we use a variety of texts to examine how Jewish culture envisions building a society of respect, commitment, and toleration of disagreement. Material comes from the Bible, Talmud, and modern writing.

Jane Ellen Farewell

Abq Jew and the OASIS Abq community send their best wishes to beloved former OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist, and now Floridian) Jane Ellen as she continues to explore strange new worlds and to seek out new life and new civilizations.

Live Long and Prosper

Abq Jew Learn

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