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Upcoming programs and events sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave., are listed below. All events take place at the center unless otherwise noted.

For more information call 614-231-2731 or visit


Classes offered as part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus are scheduled to begin this month and in November.

Weekly classes on topics ranging from life after death to Jewish humor, Jewish family living and Torah study, are available at the JCC on College Avenue and in New Albany.

With a new advisory committee, the program's revitalization efforts are headed by Carol Radnor, Melton graduate and former JCC board member. The 2013-14 schedule will offer classes in shorter, 10-week sessions, using an a la carte style menu of offerings.

New teachers this year are Diana D'Angelo-Wolff, who will teach the new offering, Foundations of Jewish Family Living; Beth Tikvah's Rabbi Emeritus Gary Huber, who will teach the new course, BeMidBar, Leadership Defied and Defended, inviting learners to rethink commonly held beliefs about heroes and rebels in the dramatic fourth book of the Torah; and Temple Beth Shalom's Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev, who will lead the new course, To Laugh! Jews and Humor: a 5,000 Year Old Love Story.

Debbie Goodman, featured guest teacher and former Melton teacher and director, will return to Columbus on Nov. 17-18 to lead Y'mai Limud, the Days of Learning. In a book club discussion and special community learning event, Goodman will focus on the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah and how the events leading up to the rededication of the Temple, specifically the heroic story of Judah Maccabee, were viewed by Jews throughout the ages.

Winter course offerings start in mid-January and February, and spring sessions begin in March. For more information on all the 2013-14 Melton course offerings and pricing, contact Melanie Butter at


Clinical child psychologist Dr. Edward Farber, who worked as the head of the psychology department at Nationwide Children's Hospital before founding the Reston Psychological Center and Reston Family Center, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the JCC as part of the Columbus Jewish Bookfair.

Copies of his book, Raising the Kid You Love With the Ex You Hate, will be available for purchase in the Bookfair bookstore in the JCC lobby.

Following Farber's talk will be a panel discussion on healthy co-parenting for post-divorce families sponsored by Jewish Family Services. Additional speakers include Judy Fisher, a clinical social worker and divorce mediator; Amy Shevrin, of Jewish Family Services; and Amanda Sminchak, from Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Admission to individual Bookfair events costs $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. For more information about the program or to order tickets, contact Cheryl Dritz at 614-559-6238 or

JCC of Columbus providing meals

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave., Columbus has announced its participation in the the Child and Adult Care Food Program for fiscal year 2014.

Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Meals are available to all enrolled participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and will be served at no separate charge.

A copy of the complete policy is available to anyone wishing to review it at the center's office.

For more information, call the center at 614-231-2731.