2019-20120 Educational Programs


The Shared Scholar lecture will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.


The Shared Scholar Seminar will be on Monday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both are at SCUCC.


The Shared Scholar will be Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker. 


Dr. Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. in Japanese Confucianism from Columbia University.


Since 1997, she has been a research Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. 


The Shared Scholar events, which are open to the public, are sponsored by Bat Yam Temple of the Islands; Captiva Chapel By the Sea; First Church of Christ, Scientist, Sanibel-Captiva; Saint Michael and All Angels; and Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Bat Yam’s sponsorship is provided by the Leo Rosner Foundation in honor of June Rosner.



Classes will begin in November. 


Shabbat morning classes, held in Fellowship Hall at SCUCC, begin with Hebrew reading instruction taught by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. (except for November 2, when Rabbi Fuchs will be away).


They continue with Bible Conversations with Rabbi Fuchs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by sessions presented by congregants from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and Jewish Current Events at 11:30 a.m., led by Len Minsky. 


The November and December sessions to be led by congregants from 10:30 to 11:15 are:


November 2

Showing of Footnote, a 2011 Israeli film written and directed by Joseph Cedar about a father and son who are rival professors of Talmudic Studies at Hebrew University and the sometimes-intense personal conflicts that inhabit the Israeli academic community; Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and winner of best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nine prizes at the 2011 Ophir Awards (Israel Academy of Film and Television) - introduced by Barry Fulmer.  (Rabbi Fuchs will be away, so the film will be shown from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.)


November 9

Origins of the Muslim Religion – Parvis Sadighi


November 16

Two Old Cases and One New Case of Infertility – Ellen Feingold


November 23

“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…” and So Much More: Emma Lazarus – Poet, Intellectual, and the Conscience of Her People – Barry Fulmer


November 30

No classes – Thanksgiving break


December 7

What DNA Tells Us About Ancient Migrations and Interactions – Kay Sadighi


December 14

Russian Perspectives on Russia-U.S. relations – Sid Picker


December 21 and December 28 No classes – winter break



On Thursdays, November 14 and 21 and December 5, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Rabbi Fuchs will offer a three-session seminar in Fellowship Hall. The series is free and open to the public. Participants may attend any or all of the classes. Rabbi Fuchs suggests you bring to the class whatever Bible translation you have.


Topics are as follows: 

  • November 14: The Magnificent Story of Creation

  • November 21: Eden, a Nice Place to Visit, but Would You Want to Live There?

   •   December 5: Cain and Abel: “The Symbol Story of the Human Soul”