Tradition on the Screen II: Challenges & Joys of Traditional Jewish Life in Film

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Tradition on the Screen II: Challenges & Joys of Traditional Jewish Life in Film

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
: Jacob Meskin Ph.D. (Read Bio)
Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer, Me’ah Program
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1 & 3/8
Time: 7 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $190, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Designed as a free-standing companion course to “Tradition On The Screen I” (each course may be taken independently of the other), this course screens films that explore the profound personal experiences, and struggles, of those living traditional Jewish lives today. Using the films and readings this course tries to articulate — from the “inside” — the thoughts and feelings of traditional Jews as they face both wrenching dilemmas, and truly joyous moments.

All of the films focus on Jews living either in ultra-orthodox, or in highly traditional orthodox, Jewish religious communities. Some of the topics taken up in the films include the lives and experiences of women, relations with other religions, the search for God and spirituality, challenges faced by LGBTQ Jews, and the struggle to believe in God and Jewish tradition after the Holocaust.

Students will screen the films on their own before class; selected clips will be shown in class. Carefully chosen academic readings, and short stories will be provided each week, both for background on that week’s film, and to enhance the experience of viewing it.

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