In this ongoing series, classes meet at 10:30 AM on select Mondays via Zoom to cover a wide variety of topics. Please register for the topic(s) you’re interested in exploring. Each topic is $18 ($36 for non–members). Members, click here to log in and register through your shul account. Non–members, please email Joanie Block in the Learning Center to register.
What is Love?
(October 19–November 30)
Love, as they say, is a many splendored thing. Complicated, deceptive, beautiful, and intense. But then again, so is the Torah. We will be examining love through the lens of Jewish text in a variety of different contexts and situations. Discussions include:
- Balancing Love and Obedience: The Curious Case of Nadav and Avihu
- Fathers, Sons, and Brothers: A Story of Love and Hate
- Is Love Always Good? Exploring Love in The Thirteen Petaled Rose
- Love and Deception: The Story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah
- Loving and Waiting: A Talmudic Perspective on Relationships
- Loving G-d and Loving Ourselves
- Loving the Ger: Who is the Stranger in our Midst?
History of Jewish Women (600 BCE–1900 CE)
(December 7–February 1)
Looking at the evolving culture of Jewish women throughout history enables us to know our Jewish fore-mothers, understand their past, and use it as a foundation for our future.
Beauty and Ugliness
(February 8–Monday, March 6)
Explore connections between Jewish visual art and perceptions of beauty. Humans in all cultures use art to capture experiences of beauty, though different cultures’ aesthetics and customs may vary. Judaism is no exception. There is a rich variety of Jewish art available to us, which helps us connect to our history, culture and religion. We will look specifically at Jewish religious art, using Jewish texts to discover more about how the making of art connects with beauty.
How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Look to Comparative Religions
(March 22–April 26)
This course equips each of us to enter the religious realm of our neighbors by providing us with practical information about the faith traditions and rituals helping to erode the walls of ignorance that too often separate or confuse us.