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Jewish Learning in English – AUTUMN 2016

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autumn program

English Lecture Series in Jewish Studies

November 2016 – February 2017

at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (behind the Israel Museum)

Eight lectures per series

Discounts for early registration or for more than one series

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Sephardic Jewish Writers: From the Levant to Brooklyn

with Dr. Shana Rosenblatt Mauer, an instructor at Herzog College, who has taught extensively on American-Jewish, Israeli and general Jewish literature.

When considering literature by Sephardic Jews, we tend to think of works by those with roots in North Africa and the Arab world. Our course will indeed look at these writers. However, we will also read works by Sephardic writers whose heritage is based in Europe, others who write about the Holocaust and more recent authors whose texts are interlaced with aspects of the identity politics of the 21st century Sephardic community.

Mondays, 10:30–12:00

Dates of Sessions: Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 19, Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13

Faith in Crisis: The Philosophic Explorations of Rav Kook and Rav Soloveitchik

with Dr. Ari Ackerman, Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Graduate School and senior lecturer in Jewish philosophy and education. His critical edition of the sermons of Zerahia Halevi Saledin (Beer Sheva University) was published in 2013.

This course will examine topics including the nature of faith, the relationship between religion and science, halakhah and philosophy and prayer. The philosophies of R. Avraham Isaac Kook and R. Joseph Dov Soloveitchik will be compared to each other as well as to other contemporary Jewish philosophers such as Abraham Joshua Heschel, Yeshayahu Leibowitz and Emmanuel Levinas.

Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00
Dates of Sessions: Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 14

Egypt – Place or Concept?

with Esther Lapian, a teacher of Bible studies with extensive experience teaching college students as well as adult learners, in Israel and abroad. She is a consultant to numerous educational organizations and to Anglo parents seeking to navigate the Israeli school system.

Egypt is the place we are meant to leave, yet we keep going back. The Tanach is replete with narratives, even laws, alluding to Egypt. What is the nature of this odd attraction to a pagan power that imperiled Israel’s very being, both physically and spiritually? We will answer these questions by closely reading Biblical stories, narrative and law, that highlight our ongoing complex relationship with Egypt.

Wednesdays, 10:30–12:00
Dates of Sessions: Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15

Family and Community as seen in Art and in the Bible

with Dr. Shula Laderman, a senior lecturer in Judaism and the Arts at the Schechter Institute. She is the author of Images of Cosmology in Jewish and Byzantine Art – God’s Blueprint of Creation.

The course will examine complex family and community relationships as described in various biblical stories and interpreted by assorted narrative sources. We will examine works of art that visualize the dynamic of the family and its problems in the Jewish and Christian Art of the Middle ages, a period that regarded the Bible as the ultimate source of information.

Wednesdays, 12:30-14:00
Dates of Sessions: Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15


650 NIS for one series

375 NIS for each additional series

20% discount with registration by October 1st, 2016

(Only one discount per student)

Returning Students:

Loved your learning?
Bring a new friend and you will receive an additional 10% discount

For information and registration

074-7800-671 | penina@schechter.ac.il | www.schechter.edu

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