Monday, November 14, 2005

Jewish Academy is offering new classes

The Conejo Jewish Academy will be offering a variety of classes, programs, study groups and special events beginning this month.

The new Jewish Women’s Circle, where women will explore Judaism and spirituality while fostering friendships, sharing and growth, will kick off with a breakfast/workshop at 11 a.m. Sun., Nov. 6 at Chabad of Oak Park, Mei Menachem Mikvas Devorah, 5998 Conifer St., Oak Park. Neira Cohen will lead a “Jewish Meditation and Painting Workshop.” There is an $18 fee and reservations are required.

The circle will offer monthly workshops and lectures, as well free weekly study groups. Author and lecturer Chana Weisberg will discuss her book “Divine Whispers” in December.

The fall semester of the Conejo Jewish Academy begins Tues., Nov. 8. Classes are offered on weekday evenings. Fees begin at $18 for multiplesession courses. A catalogue is available of classes to be offered in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.

Participants will learn about the Kabbalah, Jewish prayers, Jewish death rituals and much more. Weekly Bible study groups and women’s programs are also planned.

Among the fall semester offerings will be “The Holocaust—A View from the Soul,” offered at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, which will explore how the Holocaust continues to affect the world today.

The course will focus on how the Holocaust forces humanity to grapple with the existence of evil and suffering and how it challenges humans to find faith in the face of devastation and despair. The instructor is Rabbi Moshe Bryski. The class fee is $65 for registration and material, and early enrollment is suggested.

The Academy is at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. For detailed information and registration call (818) 991-0991. For more information, please visit

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