SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)

Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment (SAJE) provide year-round, community-wide learning opportunities of the highest quality that connect people to Judaism. SAJE is endowed by a generous gift from Cis Maisel Kellman and is supported by Carol & Ronald Fogel and Sophie Pearlstein through the JCC's Pillars of Light program. 


SAJE in the Summer // Dive Into Torah

June 4 – Mikvah: Past, Present and Future
June 11 – Drawers of Water & Inclusion within Torah
June 18 – Water under the Bridge: Defining Community
June 25 – When Tears Bring Life: the Role of Prayer in Israelite Rain Rituals

Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. 

Location: Poolside at the JCC. Shade provided.
Enter at the outdoor pool entrance on the west side of the building.
Rain Location: JCC of Metro Detroit, Conference Room 205.



Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

Pop Up SAJE: The Jewish Side of Mahler

Tuesday, July 2, 10am at the JCC
Join professor and conductor Carolyn Watson for an exploration about how Gustav Mahler’s Jewish identity impacted his life and his music.


Minor Characters of the Torah and Their Big Stories

Dr. Rabbi Mitch Parker, Instructor

Explore lesser-known people in the Bible including:

• The Divine Beings in the Flood Story
• Mrs. Noah
• The “man” who Joseph met in the field
• Mrs. Potiphar
• Daughter of Asher
• Dathan and Aviram
• The Shabbat Wood Gatherer • Og King of Bashan

Wednesdays from 10:00–11:30 a.m.
July 10, 17, 24, 31

Location: Max M. Fisher Federation Building
6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills
Individual Classes: $10 each. 4-Class Package: $36.


Conversos and CryptoJews of New Mexico

Rabbi Min Kantrowitz

Secret Jews hidden in the mountains and villages of Northern New Mexico? Yes..the rumors are true. Jews forced to convert or leave the Iberian Peninsula in the late 1400s sought a safe place to practice their culture and religion. Rabbi Kantrowitz describes what led up to these expulsions, how and where fleeing Jews went, how they ended up in tiny New Mexico towns, and where remnants of their Jewish practices remain as precious, but secret, family legacies

Thursday, April 4, 7pm

How Hitler was Made

Cory Taylor

How did an obscure agitator on the political fringes of early 20th-century Germany rise to become the supreme leader of the Third Reich? Cory Taylor, veteran producer of historical documentaries, brings to life this era of political unrest and violent conflict, focusing on Hitler's formative period immediately following World War I.

Co-sponsored by Anti-Defamation League, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, and JCC Detroit Jewish Book Fair.

Monday, April 29, 7pm

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court

From Louis Brandeis to Elena Kagan, eight Jews have served on the United States Supreme Court. Rabbi Dr. David Dalin explores the lives of these justices and their connections to their Jewish heritage.

Monday, March 18, 7pm, JCC of Metro Detroit

The Bible from a Literary Perspective

Professor Ralph Williams, University of Michigan

Wednesday March 13, 27, April 3,10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Building Judaism: A Premier Presentation

with Michael Hodges, Fine Arts Writer, The Detroit News and author of Building the Modern World – Albert Kahn in Detroit

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., 4 weeks beginning April 30


SAJE in the Summer with Rabbi Mitch Parker.

Wednesdays in July, starting July 10

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