Both adult ed classes are held at the Temple.
Tuesdays 7 pm
“FINDING OUR WAY THROUGH THE EXTREMES OF THE 20TH CENTURY”
As the saying goes, it was the best of times and the worst of times. We endured prejudice, persecution, and mass murder. But we also witnessed a renaissance of Jewish life in Europe, the building of a flourishing Jewish community in America, and the birth of the State of Israel.
The 20th Century was a time when the meaning of being Jewish was tested not only by non-Jews, but also by Jews themselves.
We have seen the emergence of Judaism in the public square and how Jews helped shape the American soul. But we have also experienced the tension between the various religious “denominations” and fierce competition between divergent philosophies of Zionism. Our conversations will consider the interconnectedness of Jews and Judaism in America, Israel, and Europe.
The 20th Century was marked by a process of secularization that affected Jews all over the world. However, we observe the resurgence of messianism in both religious and non-religious forms. Thus, the series will begin with a discussion of conflicting conceptions of the Messiah in Jewish history.
Thursdays 12:00 Noon
“THROUGH A JEWISH LENS: ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING IN TODAY’S WORLD”
We live in a world in which today’s medical discoveries were unimaginable to our forebears. However, some of these discoveries present quandaries. Jewish ethics can inform our decision-making on when, and when not, to avail ourselves of these interventions. Such issues as organ transplantation and end-of-life choices will be discussed.
Medical ethics is not the only area that deserves consideration through a Jewish lens. We will also discuss what Judaism teaches about social justice in American society and the dilemmas that are inherent in sovereignty in the State of Israel.