The Jewish Storytellers of Broadway: The Early Years

Course Title: The Jewish Storytellers of Broadway: The Early Years
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adult/Arts and Culture 
Instructor: Stav Meishar
Day and time: Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Dates: March 31, April 7, 14, 21; May 5th, 2024 (5 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $125 Financial scholarships available

This course will explore Jewish composers and lyricists in musical theater, from the early 20th century through the musical’s heights in the 1960’s. Together we will learn about the Jewish roots of musicals and the life stories of the visionaries who shaped the genre and influenced it, in ways both visible and invisible. How did these artists’ Jewish heritage find its way into their creations? What was the wider societal context of their groundbreaking work, as experienced then and re-examined now? Alongside historic and cultural analysis expect many delightful viewings of songs and scenes from the repertoire of these Jewish legends. Stav holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater and will occasionally weave her musical skills into the program – and you, too, are invited to sing along!

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning classes are for learners of all backgrounds.

Registrants from Canada, UK, EU and Australia: please email Cindy Bernstein to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Creative Practice Studio in a Jewish Paradigm

Creative Practice Studio in a Jewish Paradigm (6 sessions)
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning Young Adult/Arts and Culture
Instructor: David Mahfouda
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Dates:  3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10 & 4/17, 2024
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $150 Scholarships available

In this six-week Zoom and studio course, we will investigate and reflect on our own relationship with creativity — alongside themes that have accompanied creative practice and the Jewish imagination for millennia. We will read texts that pertain to: the roles that listening, rest, repair, and praise play in spiritual practice and in the creative process; what happens when creations go out of control; the relationship between artistic freedom and spiritual grace; and the poetics of darkness and light. We will also make small, optional weekly experiments in our own lives and artistic practices, to share with the group if we choose. We will draw liberally from Torah, Talmud, and Jewish liturgy, in addition to texts written by Audrey Lorde, Tara Brach, John Berger, Christopher Alexander, and other contemporary authors and artists.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning classes are 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.