Adult Jewish Learning

JLearn, our Adult Jewish Learning department, offers a wide variety of courses for adult learners in a non-denominational environment.

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JLearn Instructors

JLearn instructor, Rabbi Joshua Bennet

Rabbi Joshua Bennett

Rabbi Joshua Bennett is a rabbi at Temple Israel of West Bloomfield. Ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1994, he holds a Masters Degree of Hebrew Letters as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign. He has served the Jewish community in many roles, including Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition, Salvation Army Legal Aid Clinic, Young Adult Division of the Allied Jewish Federation and The ADL. Social Justice is a primary concern of his.

JLearn instructor, Rabbi Michele Faudem

Rabbi Michele Faudem

Rabbi Michele Faudem was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1995, where she also earned her M.A. in Education. She was the Coordinator of Adult Jewish Education at the Houston JCC and the Houston Melton Director. Rabbi Faudem currently teaches Melton and JLearn classes, and is the Rabbi/Educator for Hillel of Metropolitan Detroit

JLearn instructor, Rabbi Rod Glogower

Rabbi Rod Glogower

Rabbi Rod Glogower is the rabbinic resource person on staff of the B’nai Brith Hillel Foundation at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. He received his rabbinic ordination with distinction from Midrasha Seminary of Machon Harry Fischel in Jerusalem.

JLearn instructor, Rabbi Joseph Klein

Rabbi Joseph Klein

Rabbi Joseph Klein was Senior Rabbi of Temple EmanuEl of Oak Park for 16 years before becoming Rabbi Emeritus in 2013. He holds a Master of Hebrew Letters and received his ordination from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Klein has been Adjunct Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Oakland University and Rochester College, and Visiting Rabbi with the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council.

JLearn instructor, Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff

Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff

Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is the Senior Director of Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. He also serves on the Hospice teams of Residential Hospice and Heart to Heart Hospice. Rabbi Krakoff offers classes and seminars on a variety of spiritual topics and is a guest lecturer in the Wayne State Medical School’s Health and Wellness program. Rabbi Krakoff is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, CA and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, NY.

JLearn instructor, Nira Lev

Nira Lev

Nira Lev holds two M.A degrees from Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Post Graduate Leadership Training Program from NYU. For over 30 years she has been teaching Hebrew, Bible and Literature, training teachers and presenting workshops nationwide. Ms. Lev is the author of several Hebrew textbooks and of several publications and was the editor of the Hebrew monthly Ivriton. She currently teaches at Oakland University. She is a recipient of the Berman Outstanding Professional Service Award and of the Schochet Outstanding Teacher Award.

JLearn instructor, Professor Howard Lupovitch

Professor Howard Lupovitch

Professor Howard Lupovitch received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Columbia University. He has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario and University of Michigan where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. He is currently Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. Professor Lupovitch is the 2009 winner of the Benard L. Maas Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity in the Area of Humanities.

JLearn instructor, Dr. Rabbi Mitch Parker

Dr. Rabbi Mitch Parker

Dr. Rabbi Mitch Parker is the spiritual leader of B’nai Israel Synagogue, as well as a practicing child psychologist. He has been teaching for more than 30 years and recently completed a 15-year, in-depth study of the Torah with students in the JLearn program.

JLearn instructor, Rebecca Starr

Rebecca Starr

Rebecca Starr is the Midwest Manager at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she oversees all program development, management and partnerships in the Midwest region. Ms. Starr is a respected educator and community organizer. She served as an assistant director of the Alliance for Jewish Education at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, and directed the Detroit branch of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, where she continues to serve as a Melton faculty member.

JLearn Instruction, Dorit Warfman

Dorit Warfman

Dorit Warfman was a public educator in Israel from 1998 – 2006. She was a Superintendent for a kibbutz school responsible for the programming of children, ages 1–18. She holds both a teaching certificate and an industrial engineering degree. Ms. Warfman and her husband recently moved from Israel to Michigan to be close to her sons and their families.

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