Judaism as Art: A Search for Congruity

*Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adult/Arts and Culture
Instructor: Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Eastern
Dates: 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $108

Gratitude Judaism as Art: A Search for Congruity: Can Jewish spiritual practice be understood as a kind of art? How can the artistic process illuminate Jewish living? We will look at some of the themes that have occupied modern art production and consumption, in particular — the presence or absence of the author; the possibility of creations going out of control; the tension between discipline and creative spontaneity, and the poetics of darkness and light.

*This course is offered through the Hebrew College-IYUN Fellowship program.

Understanding the Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Community through Stories, Arts, and People

Understanding the Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Community through Stories, Arts, and People

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Dr. Shula Mola (Read Bio)
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29
Time: 7- 9:00 pm
Cost: $190, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: The Cambridge Collaborative

The Ethiopian Jewish community has lived in Israel for four decades. Many are familiar with the story of the community through two major events signed into memory as rescue of people needing salvation and heroism of the State of Israel. In this class, we will look at the story of the Beta Israel community from different perspectives. First, we will get to know the story of the community through the stories of the Beta Israel people. We will look closely at the social, religious, and cultural processes that rendered the Ethiopian Jews as a “black” community within a “white” dominant society of Jews. Second, we will discuss the challenges of race and racialization, at local and global levels. We will explore different approaches of the Beta Israel community to address racism. The class will use first-person research narratives, texts, artwork, films, and guest voices as our class text.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Torah: A Mystical and Mythological Journey

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adults
Instructor:
Rabbi Matthew Ponak (Read bio)
Day and Time: Thursdays, 5:15- 6:45 p.m. Pacific Time or 8:15-9:45 p.m.Eastern
Dates: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 2023 (4 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $72

“[The Force] is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi (Kabbalist)

Come explore the connection between Torah, Tolkien, and The Force.
The same archetypal wellspring that gave rise to the Bible and the Kabbalah also inspired some of the great epics of the modern age: Gandalf’s battle with the balrog would be called yerida l’tzorech aliya [going down to rise up] in Jewish mysticism; Rey’s balancing of the Force in Star Wars Episode 9 is represented by a yellow lightsaber (harmonizing red and green/blue) and matching the color scheme of the Tree of Life in Kabbalah; the elf Galadriel’s “passing of the test” to refuse the Ring of Power demonstrates the essence of free will articulated in Jewish writings. People of any background are invited for this month-long romp through timeless stories and the wisdom therein.

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.

Of Monsters and Mensches: Explorations of Monstrosity and the Supernatural in Judaism

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adults
Instructor:
Emily Rogal (Read Bio)
Day and time: Sundays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern
Dates: March 5, 12, 29: April 2, 9 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $108

Jewish myth, tradition, and history are filled with stories about the battling forces of good and evil. Monsters, angels, demons, and other creatures make up the primary agents of these tales. Who are these characters? What is their connection-or lack thereof- to G!d? Our course will explore these stories, as well as some of their modern contemporaries in horror films, to discover what they tell us about the space between holiness and unholiness, light and dark, good and evil, fear and bravery. How have marginalized folk sometimes found themselves reflected in these creatures? Discover where the edges of these boundaries blur.

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

From Shabbat to Sigd: Exploring Jewish Traditions Around the World

Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adults
Instructor: Elisha Gechter (Read bio)
Day and time: Mondays, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern
Dates: March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 24; May 1st, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $108

Come study the way that Jews in different countries and communities mark important moments – from holidays to the ritual milestones of life. From the weekly Shabbat to the annual Sigd (Ethiopian holiday), from Iraqi pre-wedding Hennas to Moroccan post-Passover Maimunas, discover what many of these traditions have in common and where Jewish custom and creativity have vastly differed. Explore how these practices are meaningful to many and how they compare to your own.