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Wissenschaft

The Enlightenment's scientific approach to understanding our history and our world — is the foundation of HUC's mission
and approach to Jewish learning. Please join us for these six stimulating lecture series, where scientific rigor, academic scholarship, as well as a Jewish lens invite you to learn about:

 JUDAISM & CIVIL SOCIETY (FEBRUARY - JUNE 2021)
Probe the pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues.

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 JUDAISM & CULTURE (FEBRUARY - APRIL)
Experience the impact of Jewish material culture through the creativity of artists, composers, poets, architects, and writers who illuminate our Jewish heritage.

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 JUDAISM & [GRAND] PARENTING (FEBRUARY - APRIL)
Discover new strategies to enrich your (grand) children's lives, from fostering creativity to supporting their intellectual and emotional needs.

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 JUDAISM & HISTORY (FEBRUARY - JUNE)
Travel across time and space — from medieval times through the present day — and learn how Jewish sites, history, and memory inform our identity.

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 JUDAISM & RELIGIONS (FEBRUARY - MAY)
Explore the shared roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity and develop a deeper understanding that can foster interreligious relations today.

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 JUDAISM & WOMEN'S STUDIES (FEBRUARY - APRIL)
Study the Jewish woman's experience — from infertility in antiquity and biblical roles of leadership to the evolution of women's spirituality and worship — through Jewish feminist scholarship.

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JEWISH LEARNING

HUC-JIR College Commons

BLESSED ARE YOU, ADONAI OUR GOD, SOVEREIGN OF THE UNIVERSE, 

WHO COMMANDS US TO IMMERSE IN WORDS OF TORAH.

Please note, by arrangement with the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion,  the above coursework, lectures and podcasts are available FREE OF CHARGE to Temple Adat Shalom Members.  To access the site, you will need a password.  Please email Rabbic@adatshalom.com or Pfeinberg@adatshalom.com for the password.  The password maybe updated periodically .

March - April Events

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021 AT 6:00 PM ET

The Qu'ran and The Jews

Dr. Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam,
HUC/Los Angeles

Today, it often seems as if relations between Muslims and Jews are dominated by fear, resentment, and ignorance. Some Muslims believe that Jews are taught to abhor anyone not Jewish. Some Jews claim that Muslims are hostile to Jews because the Qur’an teaches Jew hatred and is inherently antisemitic. Delve into a thorough investigation of how the Qur'an actually portrays Jews through text study and discussion.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13 AT 1:00 PM ET

Silk and Ink: Hebrew Printing and Commercial Networks In Early Modern Bologna
Part of the Judaism & Culture Series

Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History, HUC/New York

Jews were early adopters of the technology of printing. Encounter the identities of some of these innovators – a small group of Jewish silk weavers in the city of Bologna, including Italian Jews, Ashkenazim, and Sephardi exiles, who produced an eclectic mix of nine books over four years, from 1536 to 1540. While these works have merited some attention from bibliographers, the printers themselves, and their place in the Jewish communal and commercial life of Bologna, are a new realm of scholarly and historical analysis. Presented by the Klau Library.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021 AT 1:00 PM ET

If Flame Falls on Cedars, Women Leaders Will Put Out the Fire: The Biblical Deborah Reimagined

Wendy Zierler, Ph.D., Sigmund Falk Professor of Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature, HUC/New York

The Biblical Deborah has been adduced as a feminist model for women's leadership as far back as the earliest agitations for women's ordination at the end of the 19th century. But well before then, in Trieste, Italy, the first modern Hebrew woman poet, Rachel Luzatto Morpurgo (1790-1871) placed herself in the shoes of the biblical Deborah as well as those of the erudite rabbis of the Talmud, subtly suggesting that women poets, pastors, and leaders might be able to do the job better than their erstwhile male counterparts. Discover the story of the biblical Deborah through the unique lens of Morpurgo's 1859 poem "Look: This is New," and learn how modern Hebrew women's poetry can serve as a vital source of new interpretation for our classical sources.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 27 AT 6:00 PM ET

The World of The Cairo Genizah: The Jews Of Medieval Islam
Part of the Judaism & History Series

Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Jewish History, HUC/Cincinnati, and Xavier University

For centuries, Jews in medieval Cairo deposited their used writings in their genizah, a storage chamber for sacred books that are no longer useable. Egypt’s dry climate ensured that over 200,000 manuscripts did not disintegrate. During the 19th century, the Cairo Genizah came to the attention of western scholars, and its discovery has revolutionized our understanding of medieval Jewish history. Explore how this treasure trove of documents can help to shed light on the everyday lives of the Jews of the medieval Islamic world.

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May - June

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021 AT 6:00 PM

Jews of Color

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central Synagogue, New York City
Bruce Phillips, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service,
HUC/Los Angeles

When the Torah first calls us a People, coming out of Egypt, we are described as an erev rav, a “mixed multitude.” It’s time to refute the definition of Jews as a race – which has been used to justify antisemitism, violence, and even genocide – and adopt a definition of covenant as the foundation of Jewish peoplehood, one that embraces Jews of color and celebrates diversity and inclusion.

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 AT 3:00 PM ET

Intersectional Jewish Identities

Dr. Mijal Bitton, Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute

We often speak of American Jews in ways that elide their differences or that assume they are all Ashkenazi or white. But American Jews are characterized by vibrant ethnic and racial diversity that must be understood by those of us working to build inclusive Jewish communities. Through her sociological scholarship on Sephardic Jews in America and her own identity as a Latina immigrant, Dr. Bitton will help us consider what is required to nourish a Jewish American diversity project that is complex, rich, and compelling.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2021 AT 7:00 PM ET

Not the Same as White: Latinx Students Talk About Jewish Schooling

Erik Ludwig, Ph.D., Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management,
HUC/Los Angeles
Sasha Dominguez ‘20, Executive Director and Founder of Kol Connection

Why does race matter? Explore how colorblindness and perceptions of caring inform the way we think about community. Building on the narratives of Latinx students in Jewish schools, these experts take a bold stance on how intersectionality operates and why we should embrace it.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021 AT 1:30 PM ET

Jews, Whiteness, Power and Privilege

Marc Dollinger, Ph.D., Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair, Social Responsibility,
San Francisco State University

Are American Jews white? The question, answered differently by different generations of American Jews, gets at the heart of American Jewish identity. Have Jews remained separate and distinct from the rest of middle-class America or have they assimilated so much that they have become white? Come explore the contentious history and sociology of Jews and racial definition. Journey back through history and discover some (surprising) insights into the debate over Jewish whiteness.

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Can't join us live? All sessions will be recorded and posted on our online learning archive.
 

Questions? Contact us at onlinelearning@huc.edu.

Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781