Announcing mini-courses at GHC featuring instructors from the Jewish Theological Seminary

Published: Monday, November 21, 2011 6:00 am By: Betty Krulik
Each course consists of 4 classes—1 hour per week 8-9 PM

December 7, 14, 21, January 4
Instructor: Yoni Brukirer, BA Yeshiva University, MA NYU

This course will explore the impact that modern archaeological discoveries have had on our understanding of biblical history by focusing on key periods and artifacts.
Class 1 – The origins of the Israelites and the controversies over Joshua’s conquest
Class 2 – The conflict with the Philistines and the rise of the Israelite Monarchy
Class 3 – The Assyrian invasion of Judah in 701 BCE Class 4 – Destruction, Exile, and the Rise of Judaism

January 11, 18, 25, February 1
Instructor: Suzy Silk, BA Duke University, MA Jewish Theological Seminary

This course will teach us how these characters give us insight into the story of Israel and our own lives.
Class 1 – Yael: The period of the Judges and the role of women
Class 2 – Obed-Edom: the early monarchy and pre-Temple worship
Class 3 – Naaman: the role of prophets and the view of foreigners
Class 4 – Daughters of Shallum: the post-exilic rebuilding and desegregation of society

COURSE GIMMEL: “A People, A Nation, A Religion? Modern Jewish Identities
February 15, 29, March 14, 21
Instructor: Zach Mann, MA and MPhil. Jewish Theological Seminary

Today, Jews live with split personalities and feel the tug of living in two cultures at once. This course will introduce and help clarify the modern Jewish condition by examining it from a variety of perspectives.
Class 1 – Is Modernity Good or Bad for the Jews?
Class 2 – Are we a religion?
Class 3 – Are we a people?
Class 4 – Current Conversations

Per Course:
Members GHC - $40.00
Non-Members GHC - $50.00
Age 32 or Under - $20.00

Per Class:
Members GHC - $12.00
Non-Members GHC - $15.00
Age 32 or Under - $5.00

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