Chabad of Orange County to host two adult education programs

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:14

'The Comic Book Rabbi’ set for Nov. 19; 'Talmudic Archaeology’ slated for Nov. 22 lecture Chester — Chabad of Orange County will host programs this month exploring how Jewish culture has influenced comic book heroes and another on a Talmudic approach to archeology. They are: How Jewish history, culture, and values shaped the comic book superhero On Saturday, Nov. 19, guest speaker-entertainer Simcha Weinstein, “The Comic Book Rabbi,”will present, “Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values shaped the Comic book Superhero.” From the birth of Krypton in Cleveland to the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and more, “Up, Up, and Oy Vey!” chronicles the uncanny story behind the origins of the planet’s most famous superheroes. Weinstein has an international following. He is also the author of “Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century.” He was recently listed by Metro Focus Magazine as one of “NYC’s Hippest Rabbi’s.” He also chairs the religious affairs committee at the Pratt Institute. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Center in Chester, 1170 Route 17M, Suite 1, (upper level parking lot). Tickets: $20 online at or $23 at the door. For more info and to RSVP, visit the Web site or call 782-2770. Talmudic archeology lecture On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Chabad will host an “Indiana Jones” style exploration of the Talmud, uncovering the “lost ark” of treasures and clues of the Torah and its application to modern life. This lecture will be presentation by Rabbi Israel Rubin of Albany, the regional director, Chabad Eastern New York State. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Center in Chester. Suggested Donation $10. To RSVP, visit the web site or call 782-2770. Other adult education classes • “Kabbalah & Chicken Soup” is a weekly class, every Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. The class, open to all and free of charge, is currently studying “Torah Studies: A Weekly Journey into the Soul of Torah.” Season one is eleven lessons that probe into the depths of contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, love and relationships. Each class is designed in a way that it is a self-contained entity. Accordingly, you may come to one or all classes. Class is served with homemade chicken soup. For full list of topics, visit • “Second Sunday Siddur Study” is a new class that has been formed in response to members of the community who requested a class to study the basics of the Prayer Book (Siddur). As one enters shul (synagogue) it can sometimes be overwhelming to understand the Siddur. Yes, it’s has English, but why stand for one prayer and sit for another? What is the structure of the Siddur? Why are there different versions of the Siddur? What if I want to say a different prayer? Do I have to keep up with the leader? What’s going on here? Well, addressing those questions is the focus of this monthly class! The class is for men and women, held on the second Sundays (through March 2012), from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Chabad Center in Chester. Course Fee: $50. Class served with bagel breakfast, cake and coffee. Essential information Chabad is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and strengthening Jewish awareness, pride, and observance in Orange County. Chabad provides educational, cultural, and social activities in a warm, welcoming environment to all Jewish individuals and families regardless of background or affiliation. To register and learn more about these classes and well as Chabad’s activities for all ages, contact Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston at 845-782-2770, e-mail or visit