CAI adult ed to cover topics from identity to cosmology

Congregation Anshei Israel will present a three-week adult education series offering a wide range of speakers on being Jewish and Judaism. The series will take place on Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A different keynote speaker will open each evening from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by two 45-minute sessions with a choice of presenters.

The keynote speakers will be Stanley Feldman, attorney and former chief justice, Arizona Supreme Court, on “Growing Up Jewish in 1940s and ’50s Tucson”; Richard Green, Ph.D., astronomer and director of the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, on “Cosmology and Jewish Thought”; and Jonathan Rothschild, mayor of Tucson and attorney, on “Leadership and Jewish Values.”

Selections for the 8 to 8:45 p.m. class session include “Meditation as Prayer” with Rabbi Helen Cohn of Congregation M’kor Hayim; “Jewish Identity in America” with David Graizbord, UA associate professor of Judaic studies; and “Modern Kosher Cooking” with Alan Sanchez, director of food services at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging.

Choices for the 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. time slot are “Israel Today” with Oshrat Barel, community shlicha and director of the Weintraub Israel Center; “Arizona’s Jewish History” with Eileen Warshaw, executive director of the Jewish History Museum; and an artists’ series featuring ceramicist and painter Julie Stein, painter and collagist Andy Burgess and sculptor David Unger.

The cost for the series is $18 per person plus a food donation for the Community Food Bank. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Jan. 17 to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 225, or visit www.caiaz.org.