18 2018

UJF Adult Education Series: Exploring Jewish History 2nd class

12:30PM - 1:30PM  

A Glimpse Into 20th Century Jewish History

Four different sessions presented by Michael Feldstein
All classes are 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Stamford JCC



          April 18
2)      The Chief Rabbi Meets the Chief Executive: Rav Kook's Historic Trip to America to Meet President Calvin Coolidge


Most people know that Rav Isaac Hakohen Kook was beloved by both religious and secular Jews, and was one of the first rabbis to promote Zionism.  But did you know that he also made a trip to America…and met with President Coolidge?  Discover why he crossed the ocean, and how he was even able to visit with the president during his historic visit.  


          April 25
3)      Girls Just Wanna Be Frum: How the Orthodox Learned to Embrace the Bat Mitzvah Ritual


Mordechai Kaplan’s daughter was the first young woman to celebrate her bat mitzvah in America. The Orthodox community shunned the ceremony for decades.  Eventually it became an important life cycle event for observant young women.  What brought about this important change, and how did the bat mitzvah ritual develop into mainstream Orthodox Jewish life?  


         May 2
Fritz Haber: The German Jewish Chemist Who Was Responsible for Inventing Zyklon B


Fritz Haber was a German chemist who won the Nobel Prize – and was the individual who invented Zyklon B, which was used to exterminate millions of Jews in the death camps.  The tragic story of a brilliant scientist who was exiled from his country … and lived a sad and heartbreaking life.


Michael Feldstein has taught Torah classes locally at the Young Israel of Stamford, Congregation Agudath Sholom, the UJF of Stamford Tapestry program, and the UJA Federation of Greenwich Lunch 'n Learn program.


Stay tuned for part two of this series in June with Rabbi Oran Zweiter of Congregation Agudath Sholom