Course Title: Jewish and Christian Thought and Practice: Face to Face and Side by Side
Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning
Instructor: Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire and others (see bio)
Day/Time: Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
Dates: October 18, November 15, December 20, 2023; January 17, February 21, March 20, 2024
Session: Fall 2023
Cohort: Central Reform Temple
This course provides a fresh and enterprising look at Judaism and Christianity in their shared experience, their conflictual experience and their integrative experience. This approach of dialogue is a means to refine the ability of Jews to express their own religious language in the presence of others. It is encapsulated in the two dimensions of interfaith dialogue; Face to Face and Side by Side. Face to face suggests an open and searching commitment to learn from each other, to be vulnerable and suspect of each other and to see the real self in front of you. Side by Side suggests that notwithstanding the direct encounter with theology and history, there is a shared commitment to act for the world and for those beyond ourselves.
We will explore the history of God from Jewish And Christian theologies; read the shared Testament (Old Testament/Tanach) in Judaism and Christianity; consider our environmental responsibility; examine racial justice and equity in Jewish and Christian thought and practice; compare visions of the good life and the good death in Judaism and Christianity; discuss the possibilities and potential of Jewish and Christian partnerships; and learn about contemporary Jewish-Christian theology with guest lecturers.
Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.
Canadian and other registrants from outside of the US: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.