Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
Thursdays, January 7-March 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Michael Panitz
This course will draw from text and from history to explore just how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs and looks at structural causes of injustice and how these are best addressed today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration and environmental degradation. Students will be encouraged to dedicate class time early in their study to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth.
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes
Thursdays, January 7-March 18, 2021 (no class 2/25) from 6:45 PM-8:15 PM via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Amy Milligan
This course will show how the things that make the Jewish people laugh represent a distinct period, theme, or preoccupation in Jewish history. Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along the Jewish journey. This course treats Jewish jokes as Jewish text, and invites students to "read" and interpret jokes and humor in an attempt to reveal the concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that continue to bond us as a people.
OMG, Can You Believe?!
Thursdays, April 22 - May 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Marc Kraus
In this six-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs, and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.
Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Thursdays, April 22 - May 27, 2021 from 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM via Zoom
Faculty: Miriam Brunn Ruberg
Let's learn about life's celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. In this course, we'll say "L'Chaim" to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-week course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today. Our time together is certain to bring soul to life's big moments.