What Do We Mean When We Say “Jewish Music”

What Do We Mean When We Say “Jewish Music”

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Professor Joshua Jacobson (Read Bio)
Dates: 6 Thursdays, 12/14, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18 & 1/25
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $270, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Explore topics in Jewish Music with Prof. Joshua Jacobson. We will begin by exploring questions of Jewish musical identity and cultural ownership—what do we mean when we say “Jewish Music”? From there we will look at music in biblical times and how it developed into synagogue liturgy (what role do you think music should play in a synagogue service?), music in the Italian Jewish renaissance (you’ll meet some colorful characters!), the creation of “classical” music for synagogue and concert hall in the 19th and 20th centuries, the connections between Jews and jazz, and finally we will focus on the Jewish side of Leonard Bernstein. Classes will be supplemented with readings, audio recordings and videos.

 For more information, contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu

The Glory Of Sepharad (Spain): The Surprising Story of The First Modern Jews

The Glory Of Sepharad (Spain): The Surprising Story of The First Modern Jews

Instructor: Dr. Jacob Meskin (Read Bio)
FALL Dates: 6 Thursday evenings, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18 & 1/25
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $270 (Fall Semester), financial aid available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Description:

Perhaps most intriguing to us today: the Jewish men and women of medieval Spain were, in some centrally important ways, the first “modern” Jews! They were a tiny religious minority, striving to flourish in what may have been the closest thing to a “pluralistic society” that the world had ever seen at that point. Constantly forced to negotiate the existence of their religion, and their culture, in the face of two vast, overwhelmingly powerful religious empires, our medieval Jewish ancestors responded with remarkable innovations. Their lasting achievements in the arts, in religion, and in Jewish thought continue to inspire us today, as we negotiate our own very different — and yet somehow still similar — challenges concerning Jewish identity, assimilation, religious pluralism, and the search for meaningful forms of spirituality.

The FALL COURSE, taught by Prof. Jacob Meskin, will include the following topics:
– the complexities of Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-Christian relations
– unprecedented Jewish approaches to understanding the Bible
– daring secular and erotic poetry in Hebrew (studied in translation)
– a fresh approach to ethics and personal life
– the development of Jewish mysticism
– provocative new views about science, faith, comparative religion, and the problem of historical change and development.

This is the first of two courses that will prepare students for the inaugural Me’ah Jewish Discovery Tour of Spain in May 2024.

Detailed trip information: https://www.keshetisrael.co.il/meah  Join us!

On the HC website: https://hebrewcollege.edu/events/hebrew-college-meah-jewish-discovery-tour-to-spain/

For more information about these courses or the Spain trip, contact Terri Swartz Russell, tsrussell@hebrewcollege.edu

Queer Jewish Journeys in Media

Course Title: Queer Jewish Journeys in Media
Program: Open Circle Jewish Learning: Young Adult/Arts and Culture 
Instructor: Stav Meishar
Day and time: Sundays, 10:00-11:30 am Eastern Time
Dates: Oct 29; Nov 12, 19; Dec 3, 10, 2023 (5 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $125 Financial scholarships available

From “Angels in America” to “Transparent”, from “Bent” to “Yentl”, we will set out to explore the intersection of Jewish identities and queer identities in fictional characters from the worlds of film and television. Are these identities separate or interconnected? Do they stand in juxtaposition, or do they complement each other? What does it mean for these characters to be Jewish AND Queer, and how does it shape their trajectories?
We will watch excerpts from some of the works above (warning: contains spoilers!) and analyze these questions together using biblical, contemporary and academic texts, layering Jewish history, Jewish thought, midrash and more in our deconstructing and reconstructing of these characters’ journeys. This course aims not only for students to become familiar with diverse examples of queer Jewish characters in film and television, but also, to better equip them in examining these characters’ complex worlds and – through their stories – explore our world today through a queer and Jewish lens. 

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.

 

Jewish Narratives in Pop Culture: From Shtisel to Sex and the City

Course Title: Jewish Narratives in Pop Culture: From Shtisel to Sex and the City
Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning
Instructor: Elisha Gechter
Day and Time: Mondays, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Eastern Time; *hybrid sessions, 7-8:30 p.m.
Dates:  *10/23, 10/30; 11/6, 11/27, 12/4, *12/11, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online and hybrid *(first and final session will be in-person at Lehrhaus in Cambridge, MA).
Fee: $150 Financial scholarships available

Ever finished binging The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and wish you had a “book club” to discuss the episodes with? Or did you watch all of Shtisel and want to not only eat all the food on screen but also ask someone else about what you were curious about in the show? Come study the ways that Jews show up in today’s pop culture. Examine which narratives are being raised that are stereotypical and where creators are broadening their portrayals of Jewish identity- be it the weddings and b-mitzvah scenes that appear everywhere from Sex and the City to Crazy Ex Girlfriend and The Mindy Project or the Mikvah and Shabbat scenes in Orange is the New Black and Transparent. Come see examples of overtly Jewish shows and characters, as well as ones that are more subtle, or even “masked.” Are you left feeling proud or cringing as you watch these depictions? Discuss with an eclectic group how these characters and narratives land with you and why representation matters.

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

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