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Classes - Fall 2018

In ProgressThe Secret Life of The Psalms

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  • Mondays | 12-1:30pm
    November 5, 2018 - December 10, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    - Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 | Dec 3, 10

  Hidden within the poetry of the psalms are ancient Near Eastern myths that tell of primordial chaos and creation, and battles among the gods for divine supremacy amid rebellion, destruction and triumph. In this course, we will uncover the many ways these ancient and powerful stories are woven into the imagery (more…)

In ProgressMaimonides: The Man and His Genius

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  • Mondays | 6:30-8pm
    November 5, 2018 - December 10, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 | Dec 3, 10

  Maimonides was one of the greatest geniuses in all of history, a rabbi, doctor and philosopher in both the Jewish and Islamic spheres. In this course, we will read selections from his works and consider what they teach us about being a “modern” person in a diverse and complex world. The (more…)

In ProgressThe Heart of Kabbalah: Introduction to the Book of Zohar

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  • Mondays | 6:30-8pm
    November 5, 2018 - December 10, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 | Dec 3, 10

Faculty

  The textual wellspring of Kabbalah, the Zohar has long influenced Jewish and Christian scholars, mystics, teachers and laymen. The esoteric wisdom that pours from its pages has been described as written by someone who “experienced the common fears of Mankind as profoundly as anyone.” In this course, we will analyze the (more…)

In ProgressThe Jewish Family in American Cinema

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  • Mondays | 6:30-9:15pm
    November 5, 2018 - December 10, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
    - Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 | Dec 3, 10

  Recognizing that films can provide unique insight into 20th- and 21st-century life, we will examine six films about the American Jewish family. By analyzing Marjorie Morningstar, Goodbye Columbus, Avalon, A Serious Man and others, we will gain a deeper understanding of how Jewish family life has evolved within the American landscape . . (more…)

In ProgressArtists’ Beit Midrash: Re-Reading Torah

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  • Mondays | 7-9pm
    November 5, 2018 - December 10, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 | Dec 3, 10

  The stories from our ancient tradition can be challenging to modern-day sensibilities, yet Jews are committed to their retelling. In this class, we will explore some of our most controversial tales through multiple lenses, both ancient and modern. Incorporating rabbinic, feminist and psychological approaches, we will explore new ways to interpret, (more…)

In ProgressTwo Faiths, Two Scriptures, One God: The Torah and the Quran

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    November 6, 2018 - December 11, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 | Dec 4, 11

  Muslims and Jews have a long history of interaction both in Europe and the Middle East — and that interaction hasn’t always been hostile. After all, like the Torah, the Muslim holy book, the Quran, tells the stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and Noah, and contains many parallel (more…)

In ProgressBeginning Hebrew

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    November 6, 2018 - December 11, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 | Dec 4, 11

Faculty

  Have you always wanted to pick up some conversational Hebrew for social situations or an upcoming trip to Israel? Through fun exercises, you’ll learn to introduce yourself, ask for directions, order your favorite foods, chat about current events and even master some basic reading and grammar. Working in groups, you will (more…)

In ProgressNew York Jewish History

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    November 6, 2018 - December 11, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 | Dec 4, 11

  Explore the “Jerusalem of America”: New York. This class will examine the extraordinary Jewish contributions to the city’s popular culture and the equally impressive communal infrastructure Jews built in our “promised city.” Throughout, we will look at the convergence of age-old Jewish traditions and modern urbanism in forming the culture of (more…)

In ProgressZionism and the Challenge to American Jewry

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8pm
    November 6, 2018 - December 11, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 | Dec 4, 11

  The creation of the State of Israel not only transformed how Jews across the world saw themselves; it provoked a crucial new question: Would Israel be a state like any other or become a laboratory for Jewish renewal for both its citizens and Diaspora Jews? This class will explore how American (more…)

In ProgressJewish History, 586 BCE To 1492

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  • Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm
    November 7, 2018 - December 19, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Nov 7, 14, 28 | Dec 5, 12, 19

  What did it mean to be Jewish in 200 CE.? In 1200? How did Jewish religion and culture develop and change over time? In this exploration of the origins of the Jewish people and Jewish culture, we will uncover the past by analyzing selections from classic texts, focusing on what they (more…)