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Siegal Lifelong Learning

Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

Thursdays, July 13 - August 10 | 6:30-8 p.m.

(No Class on July 27)


Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU


An introduction to Jewish life in the modern era. This brief survey explores the impact of modernization on Jewish communities as well as Jewish practice and ideology. Specific themes include: the impact of the Enlightenment and political revolution; mass migrations; new synagogue practices and communal structures; Zionism and other responses to nationalism; Jewish life in America; and the seminal events of the Holocaust and creation of modern Israel.


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Wednesdays, July 19 - August 2 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU

Among the most famous anarchists in American history, Emma Goldman devoted her life to the project of emancipating all humanity. A Jewish immigrant from Russia, she traveled across the world to preach her vision of a world absent all forms of power and oppression. Read and discuss Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life by Vivian Gornick, for an incisive view into the drive behind radical politics.

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Wednesdays, August 9-23 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Scott Dowling, M.D., Lecturer in Lifelong Learning

Inventor of psychoanalysis, Freud’s innovative and widely influential treatment was born out of his own experiences as a Jewish immigrant. He created what has been dubbed a “psychology of the immigrant,” and a way to come to terms with the Jews’ fate in Western Europe. Read and discuss Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips for an incisive portrait of the man and his work.

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Tuesdays, November 7-November 28 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Herb Ascherman, Photographer and Founder of the Cleveland Photographic Workshop

Beginning with Alfred Stieglitz, who lived in the late 19th century, Jews have dominated the creative world of American photography. Join Herb Ascherman, founder of the Cleveland Photographic Workshop, for a survey of the most well-known (as well as some of the lesser-known) practitioners of the art and craft. Explore how the Jewish identity of these photographers may have influenced their work, as well as their larger influence.

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Tuesdays, September 12-October 3 | 6:30-8 p.m.


Dennis Hirsh, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU


Jewish athletes and sports fans in the United States have long faced the question of where and how these aspects of their identity can meet (and where they might need to diverge). This course begins with a discussion about efforts of Jewish American organizations to boycott the Nazi Olympics in 1936. Then we move into the stories of famous Jewish athletes, sportscasters and sports owners - and the impact they have had on American popular culture and Jewish pride.


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