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Classes - Fall 2017

judges-and-kings

  • Mondays | 12:00-1:30pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

FALL SEMESTER 2017     God chooses Israel’s leaders, who are often flawed in significant ways: one is found cowering in a cave when he is called to action, another slaughters his 70 brothers before being crowned and a third (more…)

judges-and-kings

  • Mondays | 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

FALL SEMESTER 2017     God resists establishing a monarchy in Israel, and the performance of human kings proves God right. One king rapes the wife of his courtier and looks the other way when his firstborn son rapes his (more…)

jewish-spielberg

  • Mondays | 6:30-8:30pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

FALL SEMESTER 2017     Steven Spielberg is one of the most prolific filmmakers in Hollywood, and there is little doubt that his Jewishness has affected the themes and characters of many of his movies. In this course, we will (more…)

diaspora

  • Mondays | 6:30-8:30pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

FALL SEMESTER 2017     Many Jewish historians in the Zionist age have considered Jewish history to have a single outcome—and Jewish ideology to hold a single opinion: the misery of “exile” ends only with a Jewish return home to (more…)

ethics

  • Mondays | 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

Faculty

FALL SEMESTER 2017     For the majority of us, ethics and human relations are the most relevant parts of Jewish philosophy and law—the ones deserving utmost attention. But many of our greatest scholars have viewed ethics as inextricably linked (more…)

beit-midrash

  • Mondays | 7-9pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

FALL SEMESTER 2017     THE ART OF JEWISH PRAYER: REACHING FOR THE DIVINE AMIDST THE CHANGING LIGHT Three times a day—at dawn, midday and evening—Jews have an obligation and an opportunity to deeply enter a moment in time and (more…)

beginning-hebrew

  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28

Faculty

FALL SEMESTER 2017     Have you always wanted to pick up some basic conversational Hebrew for social situations or an upcoming trip to Israel? Through a variety exercises, this course will teach you how to introduce yourself, ask for (more…)

middle-east

  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28

FALL SEMESTER 2017     President Trump identified counterterrorism, support for Israel and containing Iran’s ambitions as his priorities in the Middle East. How do these priorities compare with those of former presidents? In this course, we will take a (more…)

who-authored-bible

  • Wednesdays | 1-2:30pm or 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 18, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 13

FALL SEMESTER 2017 When we’re studying the Bible, one question that invariably arises is who wrote the Five Books and how were they compiled? Rabbinic commentators affirm that Moses was the author and explain the many repetitions, (more…)

oral-tradition

  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28

Faculty

FALL SEMESTER 2017     Although Jews are often called the People of the Book, the People of the Spoken Word would be equally apt. Throughout the centuries, we have transmitted memories, wisdom, values, customs, traditions and history through our (more…)