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Classes - Spring 2019- Winter/Spring 2019

UpcomingIntroduction to Judaism

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8:00pm
    March 19, 2019 - July 30, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
    - Mar 19, 26 | Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | May 7, 14, 21, 28 | June 4, 11, 18, 25 | July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  Introduction to Judaism: A Modern Take on Jewish Life Ask questions, explore multiple perspectives and discover what is meaningful to you in liberal Judaism. We’ll explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, beliefs, values, prayer, texts, Israel and the American Jewish experience. This second half of our 18-session course is designed (more…)

UpcomingOther Gods Before Me

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  • Mondays | 12-1:30pm
    April 8, 2019 - May 20, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    - Apr 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, 20

  Other Gods Before Me: Ancient Near Eastern Myths and the Evolution of the God of Israel Wrathful gods, passionate yet vengeful goddesses and divinities of mercy and death dominated religious life in the ancient Near East for thousands of years before evolving into the One God of Israel. In this course, (more…)

UpcomingA History of the Talmud

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  • Mondays | 6:30-8:00pm
    April 8, 2019 - May 20, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Apr 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, 20

  A History of the Talmud: The Story of Judaism’s Most Influential Book When the Talmud was completed in 6th-century Iraq, no one could have imagined that it would become the most influential Jewish book ever written. From the Islamic world to the Christian one, from North Africa to North America and (more…)

UpcomingMoving Images of Hate

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  • Mondays | 6:30-9:15pm
    April 8, 2019 - May 20, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
    - Apr 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, 20

  Moving Images of Hate: How Hollywood Tackles Anti-Semitism Since World War II, Hollywood filmmakers have repeatedly, often reluctantly, explored the hate that will not die, in the American context. But how have those explorations changed over time? To discover the answer, we will begin by watching movies from the immediate postwar (more…)

UpcomingThe Heart of Kabbalah

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  • Mondays | 6:30-8:00pm
    April 8, 2019 - May 20, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Apr 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, 20

Faculty

  The Heart of Kabbalah: A (continued) Introduction to the Book of Zohar The textual wellspring of Kabbalah, the Zohar, has long influenced Jewish and Christian scholars, mystics, teachers and laypeople. The wisdom that pours from its pages has been described as written by someone who “experienced the common fears of Mankind (more…)

UpcomingArtists’ Beit Midrash

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  • Mondays | 7:00-9:00pm
    April 8, 2019 - May 20, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Apr 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, 20

  Artists’ Beit Midrash: Biblical Stories Through a Modern Lens The binding of Isaac can be considered one of the most challenging stories in all of biblical literature. Since Jewish tradition does not shy away from controversy, we will wrestle with the story to bring our individual understanding of the world to (more…)

UpcomingModern Jewish Philosophy in Six Sessions

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  • Tuesdays | 12:30-2:00pm
    April 9, 2019 - May 21, 2019
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    - April 9, 16, 30 | May 7, 14, 21

  Modern Jewish Philosophy in Six Sessions Baruch Spinoza’s excommunication might not have been an auspicious beginning for modern Jewish philosophy, but it has flourished nonetheless as traditional assumptions that had served Judaism well for over two thousand years began to appear far more questionable. While the Medievals were certain that the (more…)

UpcomingAbraham-Ibrahim, Moses-Musa: Two Prophets, Two Faiths

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8:00pm
    April 9, 2019 - May 21, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - April 9, 16, 30 | May 7, 14, 21

  Abraham-Ibrahim, Moses-Musa: Two Prophets, Two Faiths Two iconic figures in the Torah, Abraham and Moses, are depicted as prophets in the Quran. We will delve into the differences in the way these two personalities emerge in Jewish and Islamic scripture, what similarities they share and what we can learn about the (more…)

UpcomingThe Hebrew Conversation: Beginner Course

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8:00pm
    April 9, 2019 - May 21, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - April 9, 16, 30 | May 7, 14, 21

Faculty

  The Hebrew Conversation: Beginner Course This course will help you acquire enough Hebrew to begin speaking and understanding in a relatively short period of time — even if you have no background in the language. By the end of the sequence, you should be able to engage in basic conversation on (more…)

UpcomingArthur Miller: Jewish Writer

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  • Tuesdays | 6:30-8:00pm
    April 9, 2019 - May 21, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - April 9, 16, 30 | May 7, 14, 21

  Arthur Miller: Jewish Writer Miller’s Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, among other masterworks, established him as one of the great American playwrights of the 20th century, and no other American playwright has been as prolific in writing about the Holocaust. In this class, we will discuss four of those (more…)