The Konikoff Center for Learning is Tidewater’s hub for experiential Jewish education and engagement at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC. Through high-impact learning experiences including programs, classes, workshops, and symposiums that span generations and interests, the Konikoff Center for Learning engages, educates, equips, and inspires individuals to deepen their Jewish knowledge and connection.
 
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Friday, June 10, 2022 10AM • Chrysler Museum of Art
The Guiding Hand: A Tour Led by Clay Barr 

 

Join Clay Barr for a special tour of The Guiding Hand: The Barr Foundation Collection of Torah Pointers at the Chrysler Museum of Art, led by the collector herself. Due to the small size of the objects on display, space is extremely limited.

 

For hundreds of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the text of the Torah without touching the fragile handwritten animal-skin parchment surface. These pointers are called “yads” – literally the Hebrew word for hand יד because of the miniature hands that are typically featured on the tip of the pointer.  Yads are personal, individualized objects and have developed into a unique art form with great variety since there are no rules governing their form. 

 

FREE and open to the community. Registration required, space is limited. Presented by the Konikoff Center for Learning at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

 

 

POSTPONED - New date coming soon!
Torah Study with Knives

 

A "Torah Study with Knives" papercutting workshop for adults and teens. In this 3-hour workshop, Isaac and Rabbi Shawna will lead an interactive text study and then each participant will be able to create their own visual commentary. Free and open to the community, pre-registration required.

 

 

POSTPONED - New date coming soon!
Make Your Own Golem

 

A "Make Your Own Golem" papercutting workshop for adults and teens. In this 2-hour workshop, Isaac and Rabbi Shawna will teach about the history of the Golem, and then each participant will have the chance to create their own papercut Golem. Free and open to the community,  pre-registration required.

 

 

 

Previous Multi-Week Courses

Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah
10-week course on Tuesdays from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Beginning January 25 (no class February 15)


Beyond Madonna, red strings, and pop culture, this course provides a deep and intellectually honest understanding of the historical development of Kabbalah. Over 10 sessions, learners will examine how centuries of societal and cultural changes shaped Jewish mysticism, including its cryptic nature and its controversies. Learners will have the opportunity to explore the rich source material itself on a rigorous, scholarly level, and to discuss the timeless mysteries of human existence and the laws of the universe (and, okay, a little Madonna).

 

Course cost: $295 (includes textbook)

UJFT is offering a subsidy of $60 using code UJFT2022

 

 

Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash
10-week online course on Mondays from 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM

Beginning January 31 (no class February 14)


Tracing major female figures of the Bible through classic and modern midrashic commentary, we meet a dazzling line up of more than a dozen biblical heroines — some you may know and some you may have never heard of! Let’s go behind the scenes to gain multiple perspectives on their lives, relationships, and choices, as we understand their roles in Jewish history and literature as full, well-rounded characters.


Course cost: $295 (includes textbook)

UJFT is offering a subsidy of $60 using code UJFT2022

PREVIOUS EVENTS

 

 

Tuesday, February 15 | 7:30 PM
Your Story Well Told with Corey Rosen

 

Actor, visual effects producer, author, and host of “The Moth” Corey Rosen comes to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). His new book, “Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow and Audience,” teaches us how to get past telling “the same” stories and find stories worth telling from our own lives. FREE and open to the community, pre-registration required.

 

Monday, May 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Art of Tikkun Olam / Fixing the World

 

This program identifies the citation from Pirke Avot/Ethics of the Fathers that determines the role of TIKKUN OLAM/FIXING THE WORLD in the Jewish world and surveys the many customs developed to observe it. Through Sculpture, prints and paintings, photographs, and objects of many different media, Jews are charged to give charity as the right thing to do in different times and places.

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JAE is dedicated to educating the wider world on the contributions of the Jewish visual arts to Jewish civilization. Their mission is to continue to explore innovative uses of media to tell the story of Jewish civilization to a wider audience.

The Art of Modigliani, March 2022

 

THE ART OF MODIGLIANI explores the remarkable life and artworks of this Italian-Sephardic Jewish artist.  His brief life left a legacy of intellectual bravado, brilliant art, and a mysterious death. A melodramatic and romantic legend has grown up about him, yet his art endures as pure genius.

Presented by:

JAE is dedicated to educating the wider world on the contributions of the Jewish visual arts to Jewish civilization. Their mission is to continue to explore innovative uses of media to tell the story of Jewish civilization to a wider audience.

Jewish Women Artists, March 2022

 

JEWISH WOMEN ARTISTS examines the various art forms created by female painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Their art reflects their unique life experiences and displays concern for aesthetic issues and social equality. They reacted to the culture and the times in which they lived. JEWISH WOMEN ARTISTS surveys the 19th and 20th centuries of Jewish female creativity in the visual arts.

The Art of Passover, April 2022

 

The Holiday of Passover is based on the story of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The name ‘PASSOVER’ comes from the ‘Passing over’ of the homes of the Jews during the 10th plague, the death of the first born. Passover is observed at a celebration called a Seder (which means “order”). THE ART OF PASSOVER tells the story of this holiday using art objects as visual resources for learning and understanding.

The Art of Marc Chagall: The Early Years, May 2022

 

THE ART OF MARC CHAGALL is a survey of the life and art of this quintessential Jewish artist. From paintings to prints to stained glass and tapestries, Chagall created an amazing world of fantasy and reality. See why this painting, I AND THE VILLAGE was so important to him and to the world! THE ART OF MARC CHAGALL is an overview from East European village (shtetl) to world-renowned artist.

 

Presented by:

JAE is dedicated to educating the wider world on the contributions of the Jewish visual arts to Jewish civilization. Their mission is to continue to explore innovative uses of media to tell the story of Jewish civilization to a wider audience.