Jewish Studies

Instructor(s):
Mondays, May 4-June 15 (no class May 25)|10 a.m.-noon

Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these 150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul | Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, May 4-June 15 (no class May 25)|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these 150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul | Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old.

Instructor(s):
Josh Meyers
Mondays, June 08-29|7-8:30 p.m. EST

The link between Jews and revolution is often taken for granted, yet in practice has been far more tumultuous. This course will explore the ways that revolutionary thinkers understood Jews and Jewish identity, and the assumptions that underlay their approaches.  
 

Instructor(s):
Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Tuesdays, June 16-July 07|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The course will focus on significant texts and Jewish thinkers in times of crises. What principles guided their thinking? From Moses to the Rabbis of the Talmud, to Theodore Herzl to Henrietta Szold, the course will focus on a study of primary texts and the core principles of four thinkers as they confronted major crises. 

Instructor(s):
Daniel Goldmark
Wednesdays, June 24 - July 8|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

Instructor(s):
Avinoam J. Patt, Ph.D
Tuesdays, June 30-July 21|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

Why are the Jews so funny? What is unique about Jewish humor?

Instructor(s):
Mara Cohen Ioannides
Mondays, July 13 - August 3|10:30 a.m. - noon EST

Beginning with the Colonial Period and the opening of the Ohio River Valley, through the Louisiana Purchase and statehood, discover how the west became a haven for Jewish immigrants. Join us to examine the development of the American Jewish Midwestern experience.

Instructor(s):
Ezra Blaustein
Wednesdays, July 15 - 29|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

Instructor(s):
Jo Bruce
Wednesdays, August 5 - 19|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

Instructor(s):
Michael Ungar
Thursdays, August 6-20|6:30-8 p.m.

There is a standard Jewish joke that our bodies serve only one purpose...to hold up our Yiddishe Kups (our Jewish minds). Judaism, however, does teach about the importance of caring for our bodies; they are holy vessels given to us by God. We will examine some texts on the relationship between our minds, our bodies and our spirits...

Instructor(s):
Moria Ran
Thursdays, August 6-27|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The coexistence of Orthodoxy and feminism sounds like an oxymoron to many. However, in today’s world, there is a vibrant movement to develop the social and religious roles of women within Orthodox communities.

Instructor(s):
Anthony Wexler
Tuesdays, August 18-September 8 |10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join Anthony Wexler to delve into two powerful, and very different, works of Holocaust literature: Elie Wiesel’s iconic first-person testimony, Night (1960), and Art Spiegelman’s remarkable graphic novel, Maus (1991).

Instructor(s):
Mondays, October 12 - June 7 |10 a.m. - noon

Journey through all twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible, studying them one-by-one, with master teachers as your guides. This unique approach explores the major themes, broad context, and key events of each book - all in an open, thoughtful, participatory atmosphere.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, October 12 - June 7 |6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Journey through all twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible, studying them one-by-one, with master teachers as your guides. This unique approach explores the major themes, broad context, and key events of each book - all in an open, thoughtful, participatory atmosphere.