Does G-d Have a Body?

Does G-d Have a Body?

Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning, Text and Tradition
Instructor: Sara Klugman
Dates: 5 Sundays, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 2024
Time: 4-5:30 p.m. EST
Course fee: $200, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

What does our tradition teach us about G-d’s body?  Does G-d have a body, multiple bodies, or no body at all? What are the beliefs and contradictions, in Jewish theologies of the divine body? In this class, we will look at these questions across the prism of ancient, medieval, and contemporary Jewish thought. In addition to ancient and rabbinic texts, we will draw on philosophical texts, modern literature and poetry, visual art & media, and contemporary cultural critique. We will also explore how we might take the learning we do in class into our spiritual practice.

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.

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Lethal Literature: Wrestling with the Dark Side of Jewish Text

Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning, Text and Tradition
Instructor: Aron Wander
Dates: 5 Sundays, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/25 & 9/8
Time: 10-11:30 a.m. EST
Course fee: $200, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
This class is offered in partnership with Temple Israel Boston

How do we engage with the disturbing, upsetting, or even horrifying parts of Jewish tradition? What resources are there within Judaism itself for navigating this question?

In “Lethal Literature,” we’ll take a deep dive into a puzzling Talmudic text in which the rabbis express their own discomfort with the Torah. They take three Biblical passages – a legal case in which parents condemn their child to death, the command to slaughter the inhabitants of an idolatrous city, and a description of God enacting a plague seemingly without reason – and claim that each of them is purely theoretical. Each one, they insist, “never happened and never will happen.”

We’ll begin by analyzing those three Biblical passages, and then we’ll see how the rabbis rewrite, reinterpret, and reimagine them. After, we’ll turn to medieval and contemporary commentaries on that Talmudic discussion that use it as a lens through which to explore deeper and broader inquiries about the morality – or immorality – of Jewish text and tradition. What insights might all of those texts and commentaries have for us as we wrestle with our own urgent moral questions, challenges vis-à-vis Judaism, and fears in the face of a world on fire?

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.

Jewish Broadway Composers: Behind the Music(als)

Jewish Broadway Composers: Behind the Music(als)

Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning, Text and Tradition
Instructor: Elliot Lazar (read bio)
Dates: 4 Wednesdays, 7/17, 7/24,  7/31; 8/7, 2024
Time: 7-8:30 p.m. EST
Course fee: $160, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

There is no doubt that Jewish artists have made an indelible mark on Broadway. This course will consist of four sessions, each exploring the life and work of different influential Jewish composers of musical theatre. Students will have the opportunity to get to know each writer more intimately through discussion, musical and textual analysis- as well as live performances of the artists’ work by Elliot himself. Get ready to experience the work of Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Jason Robert Brown and more in a new and intimate way!

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.

How did we get here? Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Race in American Jewish History

Title: How did we get here? Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Race in American Jewish History (4 sessions)
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning Social Action
Instructor: Professor Marc Dollinger (read bio)
Day and time: Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Dates: August 15, 22, 29; September 5,  2024
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $160, Scholarships are available

Join pre-eminent historian, Professor Marc Dollinger for a deep dive into the important and timely topic of Jews, race, and racism in America. Begin by looking at the question of Jews and ‘whiteness,” a sometimes-controversial topic. The class will then examine anew Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement during the 1950s and early 1960s. Get ready for historical surprises as you investigate Professor Dollinger’s upcoming new edition of his book, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s,on the contributions of the Black Power movement to Jewish ethnic and religious identity in the late 1960s and beyond. Finally, through the examination of historical documents, trace how racism in America intersected with Jewish life. This course is for everyone interested in learning more about this misunderstood topic.

*Hebrew College is organizing a Civil Rights trip to the South, November 10- 12, 2024 with Etgar 36.  Learn more and register here.

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

Canadian and other registrants from outside of the US: please email Candace Lyons to complete your registration. We apologize for the inconvenience.