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Jewish + Holocaust Studies

Jewish + Holocaust Studies

Tuesdays, February 6–27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Ezra Blaustein, Instructor of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

This course will look at the history and culture of Jewish life in Spain in the centuries leading up to the expulsion of Jews and Muslims in 1492. This period is often proclaimed a model of inter–religious tolerance and cooperation. Some historians, on the other hand, think this reputation of congeniality obscures tensions and persecutions, and should not be characterized as "golden" as is commonly thought. We will examine both sides of this question, and attempt to arrive at some clarity regarding how to think about this hotly–debated era in Jewish history.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

 

Tuesdays, February 6–March 13 | 1–3 p.m.

 

Leatrice Rabinsky, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Discover the artistic efforts of victims and survivors who present a legacy of their experiences during the Holocaust. Understand what Professor Lawrence L. Langer explains in Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology, which further enriches and complicates the disruptions with which the Holocaust challenges us. Bear witness to what has emerged creatively from this long period of darkness.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Thursdays, February 15–March 8 | 1-3 p.m.

 

Reva Leizman, Instructor of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Polish Jewish brothers I.J. Singer and I.B. Singer grew up in Eastern Europe and used their fiction to portray the politics, family dynamics and religious life there before Jewish life was destroyed in the Holocaust. A collection of short stories by these authors will be available for the class in order to learn about their lives, the characters in their fiction and Jewish life in Eastern Europe. 

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

Fridays, February 23–March 16 | 10 a.m.-noon


Sean Martin, Associate Curator for Jewish History at the Western Reserve Historical Society

 

Cleveland’s Jewish community played a leading role in the movement to aid Soviet Jewry in the 1960s. Approximately 12,000 Jews who emigrated from the USSR came to Cleveland. With the help of an extensive oral history collection at Western Reserve Historical Society, this course will consider how local leaders aided Soviet Jewry and explore the lives of these immigrants before, during and after their resettlement.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

 

Mondays, March 5–26 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Matt Goldish, Samuel M. and Esther Melton Chair of History, The Ohio State University

 

Jewish kabbalists and mystics have composed many Torah commentaries, including some of the classics. Other kabbalists have commented on the Torah through stories and parables. We will take some sample mystical commentaries from various genres and periods each week to explore.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

Wednesdays, March 7–28 | 6:30-8 p.m. 

 

Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

The Aleppo Codex is the oldest Hebrew Bible in existence today. Scribed around 900 CE in Tiberius, it traveled to Aleppo, Syria, in the 15th century, where it was preserved for 500 years. From there it was smuggled to Israel just after the founding of the state, but in the process, many of its sacred pages went missing. Explore the significance of the text and the mystery of its loss with Alanna Cooper through a critical read of Matti Friedman’s The Aleppo Codex.

Required Book: The Aleppo Codex, Matti Friedman

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, April 10–May 15 | 1–3 p.m.
 

Leatrice Rabinsky, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

In the 14th and 15th centuries, many Jews converted to Christianity to remain alive, while continuing to practice Judaism secretly. In 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition, many of these "crypto" or "secret" Jews, also referred to as Marranos and Conversos, escaped to Portugal and other areas on the continent. After hundreds of years, some Crypto–Jewish communities, though they assimilated, still practice Jewish customs. Learn of their dispersal and arrival into "safe" Spanish–influenced territories in North, Central and South America. Follow the fascinating research and stories of descendants of Conversos, some of whom are returning to their Jewish roots.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, April 10–May 1 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Ezra Blaustein, Instructor of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

This course will study the Quran's presentation of characters and stories found in the Hebrew Bible. We will explore the similarities and differences between the tales as they appear in the Quran and as they appear in the Torah. Specifically, we will look at narratives about creation, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, and discuss the perspectives each text brings to bear on these legends. No prior knowledge of the Torah or of the Quran is necessary for this course.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

Mondays, April 16–May 7 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Matt Goldish, Samuel M. and Esther Melton Chair of History, The Ohio State University

 

The concept of the Messiah has played an enormous role in Jewish thought and history. We will explore literature about the Messiah and the future redemption, and we will learn about a series of Jewish figures who presented themselves as the Messiah over the past two millennia.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesdays, April 24–May 15 | 7–9 p.m.

 

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU


For a century following the French Revolution, the Jewish citizens of France felt accepted and welcomed as part of Europe's largest democracy. That view was shattered with the arrest, trial and retrial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus on charges of espionage and the heated public debate around his guilt or innocence. We will explore the details of “The Affair,” as it was known, and unpack its legacy.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

Monday, June 4–Wednesday, June 6 | 10 a.m.-noon

 

Alan Levenson, Schusterman/Josey Chair in Judaic History, The University of Oklahoma

 

The issues most at stake in the Jewish world today have roots in the great debates emerging in the early modern era: Western Jews’ relationship to Israel and Zionism, how to address anti–Semitism, and the contours of Jewish identity. These sessions explore a variety of answers that were posed in the early modern era and how they continue to reverberate today.

  

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $30; Nonmembers: $45 | Advance registration required | Light breakfast served | REGISTER >

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Alan Levenson’s visit is made possible by the generous support of Karen and Richard Spector