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Jewish Learning in English – SPRING 2019

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Jewish Literature, Philosophy, Art and Music:

Schechter’s Exciting Spring Study Program in English Starting February 24, 2019

For further information contact: Dr. Etka Liebowitz, etka@schechter.ac.il, 074-7800673

Venue: The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 4 Avraham Granot Street, Nayot, Jerusalem. Free parking!

 

Daytime Classes:  10 week lecture series

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Emma Lazarus to Nicole Krauss: American Jewish Women’s Writing” with Dr. Shana Mauer

Since the publication of Emma Lazarus’s poetry, American Jewish women have been writing about their worlds from their unique perspective. In looking at works by authors such as Emma Lazarus, Anzia Yezierska, Mary Antin, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Tova Reich, Allegra Goodman and Nicole Krauss, we will consider how these authors contend with the intersection between Judaism, Jewish culture and community, and the landscape of American life in myriad forms.

Dates: Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14; Passover break: April 15 – May 4; Classes resume: May 5, 19 (May 12 – no class)

Tuesdays10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rabbis’ Lives, Rabbis’ Wives”: Talmudic Tales of Love and Learning with Esther Lapian

The rabbis of the Talmud did not transcribe their beliefs in a codified form but rather wrote stories. We will read several meticulously crafted yet powerful aggadic stories reflecting the rabbis struggle to achieve a balance between their “love affair” with learning and their obligations to family life. These stories reflect self-doubt and questioning as to how one can strike a balance between striving for the “ideal” without losing touch with reality. Surprisingly, these ancient stories often reflect contemporary struggles and offer interesting and unexpected solutions.

Dates: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2; Passover break: April 9 – May 4; Classes resume: May 7, 14, 21, 28

Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

“Maimonides: A Revolutionary Philosopher” with Dr. Ari Ackerman

We will examine Maimonides’ original approach to issues such as the relationship between reason and revelation; the extent of God’s involvement in the world and the reasons for the commandments. The innovative nature of Maimonides’ conceptions will be accentuated by comparing his views with those of other Jewish thinkers such as Saadia Gaon, Judah Halevi and Nachmanides. The course will also explain how Maimonides’ produced a fundamental shift in Jewish theology.

Dates: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2; Passover break: April 9 – May 4; Classes resume: May 7, 14, 21, 28

 Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

beit hamikdash

 

Judaism before the Rabbis: Jewish Life and Lore during the Second Temple Period with Dr. Paul Mandel

Jewish life and thought as we know it today coalesced during the last centuries of the Second Temple period: ancient traditions were preserved and transmitted, narratives of the Bible were studied and rewritten, and the synagogue, prayer and non-priestly leadership (“rabbis”) were instituted. The Jewish people experienced external (Seleucid and Roman) and internal (civil war during the Hasmonean period) threats, along with a split into different ‘sects’ (Pharisees, Saducees and Essenes). We will read major Jewish works from this period and trace the foundations of Jewish law and lore as they developed from a nation of priest-warriors to one of sages and rabbis.

Dates: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2; Passover break: April 9 – May 4Classes resume: May 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Judaism on War and Peace” with  Dr. Elliott Malamet

This course will explore Jewish texts regarding ethical and practical dilemmas about the conduct of war and the negotiation of peace, ranging from biblical to contemporary times. Topics will include: the moral basis for starting and stopping a war; the status of civilians in military operations; are there any innocents in war?; government and communal policies in connection with ransoming hostages; the fate of women in wartime; permitted and forbidden wars in halacha; etc.

Dates: Feb. 27, March 6,13, 20, 27, April 3, 10; Passover break: April 12 – May 8; Classes resume: May 15, 22, 29

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

“All about Jewish Art” with Dr. Shula Laderman

The course will offer a captivating journey through artistic creations that have accompanied the Jewish people from their beginnings to the present. Works of art will shed light on questions such as: What is Jewish art? Is it art created by Jewish artists or is it art concerned with Jewish subject matters or is it both? Do we expect Jewish art to include religious features? Together we will survey a wealth of religious art, architecture, and archaeological discoveries to vividly document the history and legacy of art in Jewish culture.

Dates: Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10; Passover break: April 12 – May 8; Classes resume: May 15, 22, 29

Wednesdays, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 

Biblical and Jewish Themes in Popular Israeli Music with Dr. Naomi Cohn Zentner

With the beginnings of Zionism, biblical figures, events and themes previously viewed in a wholly religious light, were revisited and portrayed in a nationalistic manner, with contemporary sensibilities. This course will highlight shifts in the choice of biblical themes and figures and their interpretation in Hebrew songs from the 1910s till today, reflecting changes in Israeli society and its values.

Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10; Passover break: April 12-May 8; Classes resume: May 15, 22, 29, June 5

Evening Classes:  10 week lecture series

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

film 

“Cinema and Jewish Culture: Beyond Woody Allen” with Dr. Paul Shrell Fox

Although Jews comprise a negligible percentage of the overall world population, Jewish themes in movies are quite prevalent. Comedies like “The Frisco Kid”, dramas like “A Stranger Among Us” and com-drams like “Yentle” are produced each year. Illustrated “midrashim”like “Moses Prince of Egypt” also portray Jewish Themes thought the lens. We will look at these portrayals of Jewish issues in films produced by various filmmakers (not just Woody Allen)

Dates: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 Passover break: April 12 – May 4; Classes resume: May 14, 21, 28, June 4


For further information contact: Dr. Etka Liebowitz, etka@schechter.ac.il, 074-7800673

Venue: The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 4 Avraham Granot Street, Nayot, Jerusalem. Free parking!


Tutition includes complimentary hot drinks during classes.

Discount for pre-registration prior to February 1, 2019.

Tuition: is 725 per course

10% discount for pre-registration for one series (10 classes): 650 shekels (prior to February 1, 2019)

10% discount price for 2 series of classes: 1170 shekels

15% discount price for 3 series of classes: 1650 shekels


Upcoming courses: May-June 2019

Pre-Shavuot class: Megillat Ruth with Rabbi Benji Segal.
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., May 1, 15, 22, 29

Walking tour series: Jerusalem: From the Second Temple to Modern Times
Sundays 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., May 12, 19, 26, June 2

3 week mini-course: Introduction to Jewish Music
July