Jewish Studies

Instructor(s):
Mondays, December 09-January 27 (no class Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 20)|10 a.m.-noon

Joshua: The Israelites' heroic new leader ushers them into the Land. Jeremy Bruce, Principal, Stark High School at Fuchs Mizrachi | Judges: Powerful arbiters and warriors guide the people in times of war and peace.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, December 9-January 27 (no class Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 20)|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Joshua: The Israelites' heroic new leader ushers them into the Land. Jeremy Bruce, Principal, Stark High School at Fuchs Mizrachi | Judges: Powerful arbiters and warriors guide the people in times of war and peace.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, February 3-March 16 (no class Feb 17, Mar 9)|10 a.m.-noon

Isaiah: Prophesizes exile and redemption for the ten tribes of the northern kingdom. Noah Bickart, Visiting Assistant Professor, John Carroll University. | Jeremiah: Rebukes his people for depravity and idolatry, and issues warnings of their destruction.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, February 3-March 16 (no class Feb 17, Mar 9)|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Isaiah: Prophesizes exile and redemption for the ten tribes of the northern kingdom. Noah Bickart, Visiting Assistant Professor, John Carroll University. | Jeremiah: Rebukes his people for depravity and idolatry, and issues warnings of their destruction.

Instructor(s):
Peter Haas
Tuesdays, February 4-March 3|1:30-3:30 p.m.

In Greco-Roman times, Judeans were already considered outsiders and were often mocked or depicted in derogatory terms. Although this was true of many conquered people, in the case of Jewry that attitude was taken up in the Early Church and was turned into a theological category.

Instructor(s):
Peter Haas
Tuesdays, March 10-31|1-3 p.m.

This course explores anti-Semitism’s historical, political and social roots through an examination of the major publications that addressed the issue, including The Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther, Protocols of the Elders of ZionThe Passing of the Great Race by Madison Grant, and The International Jew by Henry

Instructor(s):
Matt Goldish
Mondays, March 16-April 6 |6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This course examines the great works that laid the foundations of Jewish mystical thinking and practice. We will learn about the historical context in which they were written, and will study selections of the works themselves, including Merkavah literature, Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer ha-Bahir, the Zohar, and others.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, March 23-April 27 (no class April 13)|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Song of Songs: sensuous poetry, which captures the many dimensions of love. Amalia Haas, Rabbinic Candidate, Yeshivat Maharat | Ruth: a story of friendship and loyalty, which humanizes the needs of vulnerable outsiders. Dahna Baskin, Instructor, CWRU-Siegal | Lamentations: a mournful elegy of human fragility and loss.

Instructor(s):
Mondays, March 23-April 27 (no class April 13)|10 a.m.-noon

Song of Songs: sensuous poetry, which captures the many dimensions of love. Amalia Haas, Rabbinic Candidate, Yeshivat Maharat | Ruth: a story of friendship and loyalty, which humanizes the needs of vulnerable outsiders. Dahna Baskin, Instructor, CWRU-Siegal | Lamentations: a mournful elegy of human fragility and loss.

Instructor(s):
Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, April 21-May 12 |1-2:30 p.m.

This course focuses on a number of unique legal cases from the late 19th and early 20th century. Not only was the Jewishness of the defendants directly related to the course of the legal proceedings, but each of these cases attracted tremendous publicity, even at the international level.

Instructor(s):
Larry Josefovitz
Thursdays, April 23-May 14|1-3 p.m.

In 1933, thousands of Jewish musicians in Berlin suddenly found themselves unemployed. At this time, Jews were also forbidden to attend concerts. In response, Dr. Kurt Singer negotiated with the new Nazi government to allow for a theater where Jews would perform for Jews.

Instructor(s):
Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, April 28-May 26|7-9 p.m.

The advent of modernity brought with it new opportunities for Jews—both as individuals and as communities—to reassess what it means to be Jewish. This course charts the path that led from a generally uniform understanding of Judaism that prevailed in the middle ages, to the very diverse forms of Jewish expression and identity popular today.

Instructor(s):
Ravenel Richardson
Fridays, May 1–22|10 a.m. - noon

Renata Laqueur’s diary of her internment in Bergen-Belsen and Elena Skrjabina’s diary of the Siege of Leningrad provide intimate views of women’s experiences during the Second World War and the Holocaust.

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):
Jo Bruce
Tuesdays, May 5-26|6:30-8 p.m.

Terse and often mysterious, the stories of the Bible contain gaps and unanswered questions. Why did Lot’s wife turn into a pillar of salt? What did Cain say to Abel in the moments before murdering him? How did Abraham discover God? Trying to make sense of these puzzles, sages of the Rabbinic period recorded details to flesh out the texts.