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Making Meaning out of Midrash

Lunch and Learn (without lunch) 
Tuesdays, January, 4, 11, 18, 25 at noon - presented by Rabbi Erin Glazer
For centuries rabbis have been asking questions about our ancient texts and answering these questions with midrashim, interpretive explanations and stories. Each week we will look at a different midrash and explore together the literary and historical aspects of the text, as well as the meaning and relevance these texts hold for us today.  The final session will focus on modern midrash and will culminate in an opportunity for us to use the model of midrash to write and share our own creative interpretations of a text. No previous text experience necessary!

History of the State of Israel & Zionism through 2021

 The History of the State of Israel & Zionism through 2021: The first 73 years
How did we get here and what’s next?
Evening Option — Join together on zoom to watch recorded sessions and share reflections during a conversation facilitated by our Israel Action Committee member, Joe Kott.   Monday nights at 7:30 pm - 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21

The Impact of Hate: Racist Ideologies in Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America in the 1930s

Sunday, January 30 at 3:00pm - presented by Rabbi Stuart Gershon

In the context of Isabelle Wilkerson's thesis in Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, we will explore how the driving force of racism led to both the Holocaust and the oppression of African Americans in the 1930s. We will learn what the Nazi regime thought about American law with regard to citizenship, voting rights, interracial marriage, and immigration. We will discuss the historical connections between American race law and the infamous Nuremberg Laws.   Register here

It's a Sh'mita Year: What's That, and Why Does It Matter?

Wednesdays, February 16, 23 & March 2 at 7:30pm - presented by Rabbi Erin Glazer

Join Rabbi Glazer for an exploration of the practice of Sh’mita, the sabbatical year for the land. We’ll dive into how the biblical sh’mita cycle can inform our understanding of contemporary issues such as environmental sustainability, rest and overwork, debt and debt relief, and our relationships to land, food and time.  

Art: Golden Age 

Lunch & Learn (without lunch)
Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 at noon- presented by Janet Mandel 

The Golden Age of Art in Vienna:

Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka

Gustav Klimt dominated cultural life in the Austrian capital at the turn of the Twentieth Century. He and his compatriots in the Vienna Secession rode the crest of the wave of modernism that captured the European imagination. This series of four talks will tell the story of this Golden Age of Art in Vienna, first by examining Klimt’s extraordinary life through his ebullient landscapes, sensual drawings, and ravishing portraits. In Part 2 we will then look at Egon Schiele, Klimt’s protégé, who shocked the art world with his dazzling, intense, and expressive works. Our focus then will turn in Part 3 to Oskar Kokoschka, whose feverish paintings and bold graphic designs portrayed powerful psychological insights. Finally, in Part 4 we will discuss the important relationship Klimt, Schiele, and Kokoschka had with their many Jewish patrons and what happened to these collectors and to the works they owned during the Nazi era and beyond

Tue, May 17 2022 16 Iyar 5782