Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Memorial Lectureship - Session 1: February 7, 2019

February 20th, 2019

Taught by Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor

Jewish Languages Today: Endangered, Surviving, and Thriving

Over the past two centuries, migrations and other historical events have led to major changes in the linguistic profile of Jewish communities around the world. Yiddish is thriving in Hasidic communities, even as its use is diminishing elsewhere. Several longstanding Jewish language varieties have become endangered, as they are spoken primarily by older people, including Latino, Judeo-Arabic, and others. At the same time, Jews are engaging with these languages in post-vernacular ways, such as through song and food, and new Jewish language varieties are developing. This talk explains these developments and makes the case for the urgent need for documentation and reclamation.

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Eight Questions of Faith - Part Two: February 12, 2019

February 19th, 2019

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Eight Questions of Faith - Part Two: Based on the book by Rabbi Niles Goldstein, Eight Questions of Faith: Biblical Challenges that Guide and Ground Our Lives, this class will use the questions in the book as a starting point for our discussions and exploration. Each chapter includes texts from the Hebrew scriptures, classic commentaries, as well as material from our rabbinic tradition and from our philosophers. Questions include: Am I my brother’s keeper? What is my purpose in life? Students need not have taken Part I.

*please note that all further classes in this series have been canceled for the Spring 2019 semester.

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Basic Judaism - Class 14: February 14, 2019

February 19th, 2019

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of the Covenant Part 4: The Holocaust

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  

This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

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Basic Judaism - Class 10: January 17, 2019

February 19th, 2019

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of the Covenant Part 1: Abraham until the Bar Kochba Rebellion

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  

This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

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Basic Judaism - Class 8: December 13, 2018

February 19th, 2019

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of Jewish Life - Personal Calendar

Part 3: Death and Dying

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.

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Basic Judaism - Class 6: November 29, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of Jewish Life - Personal Calendar

Part 1: Marriage

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  

This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

 

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Basic Judaism - Class 5: November 15, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of Jewish Life -  Ritual Calendar

Part 3: Minor Festivals – Hanukkah, Purim, Tisha B’Av

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  

This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

 

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Probing the Biblical Book of Judges - Session 1: December 3, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer

Samson And Delilah—Intrigue, Seduction And Violence

Probing The Biblical Book Of Judges: “In those days there was no king in Israel and each man did as he pleased.” Judges 21:25
A three-session inquiry into the exploits of memorable personalities whose stories reflect the chaotic world described in the text.

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Basic Judaism - Class 4: November 8, 2018

November 9th, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of Jewish Life - Holiday Calendar

Part 2: Pilgrimage Festivals – Sukkot, Pesach, Shavu’ot

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  

This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

 

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Basic Judaism - Class 3: November 1, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel 

Cycles of Jewish Life - Ritual Calendar

Part 1: High Holy Days

Basic Judaism: This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  

This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

 

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