Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community
Our adult education series covers a range of topics and presenters. Here is the line-up for 2022:
January 2022 — Understanding the Middle East
Dr. Nathan Brown, “Palestinian Politics from the Inside Out”
Tuesday Jan. 4, 2022, 7:30 pm on Zoom
We often understand Palestinian politics through the lens of diplomacy and international conflict. But what debates do Palestinians have among themselves? Palestinian domestic politics are not simply a function of relations with Israel. What kinds of ideological, partisan, and generational orientations have arisen in Palestinian society and how do these inform how Palestinian leaders and movements make decisions?
Join us on Zoom for a look back and a look ahead at “Palestinian Politics from the Inside” with our own Kol Ami member, Dr. Nathan Brown. Nathan is an American scholar of Middle Eastern law and politics at George Washington University. He serves as Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and was the former director of its Institute for Middle East Studies.
January/February 2022: Text Study
Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, “Conscious Community: A Guide to Inner Work”
Three Sundays (January 30, February 13, and February 20), 2-3 pm on Zoom
This 3-part class will introduce the life and teachings of the Hasidic master, Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, the “Piasechner Rebbe,” whose example inspired the Jewish population of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War 2. Our leader will be Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener, who translated Rabbi Shapira’s masterwork, Conscious Community, into English. Andrea Cohen-Kiener is a scholar, published author, practiced eco-activist, and the rabbi of Temple Israel Greenfield in Massachusetts.
February 2022: Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
Dr. Richard Ruth and Rabbi Gilah Langner, Havdalah and Discussion of “Crip Camp”
Sat. Feb. 12, 8 pm on Zoom
In addition to Kol Ami’s annual Inclusion Shabbat (Feb. 5, 2022), this year we will observe JDAIM by watching and discussing the Oscar-nominated film, “Crip Camp.” Everyone is invited to watch the film on their own and to come together on Sat. Feb. 12, 8 pm, for Havdalah and a discussion, hosted by Richard Ruth and Rabbi Gilah.
March 2022: American History
Prof. Zachary Schrag, “The Fires of Philadelphia”
Kol Ami member Zachary Schrag will be speaking on his recent book, The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation.
Dr. Schrag is Professor of History and Director of the MA Program in History at George Mason University. The author of four books, he studies cities, technology, and public policy in the United States in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
April 2022: Overlooked Jews
Mike Jawer and Jon Robert Johnson
Sunday, April 24, 11 am
Kol Ami members Mike Jawer and JonRobert Johnson will present a number of “Overlooked Jews” at this post-Passover bagel brunch, Sunday April 24, 11 am.
May/June 2022: Washington Jewish Film Festival
Let’s go to the movies! Kol Ami member Judy Greenblum will be selecting one or two films from the JCC’s Washington Jewish Film Festival. We’ll arrange to go together to see the film and enjoy a discussion afterwards. Stay tuned for film titles and dates.
May/June 2022: Interfaith Study Series
In May and June, Kol Ami will join with several other Arlington houses of worship to examine Essential Questions that Religions Try to Answer. Clergy from Rock Spring UCC, Church of the Brethren, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, and Kol Ami will lead a 2-3 part series with panel discussions and breakout groups, based on the book by Joan Chittister, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World.