Schechter’s Exciting Spring Mini-Courses May-June 2019


May 1, 15, 22, 29

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Book of Ruth – A Moment of Perfection with Rabbi Benji Segal.

260 shekels for the series

For a moment, all approached perfection. There, in Bethlehem, and then, among the forebears of Israel’s once and always monarch, King David, sorrows slowly moved to joy as history seemed to be rewriting itself.  So speaks the Book of Ruth, a wonderfully positive, imaginative account of those days.

We shall proceed through the text following an introduction, with particular emphasis on form; literary techniques and the often proposed “subjects” of the book: improving the image of David, feminism, cross-culturalism, intermarriage, changing Jewish law, et al. In the last session, we will discuss conversion to Judaism in light of the book of Ruth.


May 12, 26, June 2, 16, 23

Mornings and afternoons

Sunday Walking Tour Series

The Old and New City of Jerusalem:

From Ancient to Modern Times

170 shekels for 2 tours, 300 shekels for all 4 (10% discount)

May 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m-12:00 noon:  The Sanctity of Jerusalem to the Three Monotheistic Religions with

Dr. Etka Liebowitz

May 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m-12:00 noon:  The Temple Mount and the Via Dolorosa with Prof. Doron Bar

June 2, 2019, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Leaving the Old City for the New: Prophets and Profits on the Street of the Prophets with Eitan Cooper

June 16, 2019, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.: From Neighborhoods to Nation: Nachlaot to Rechavia with Eitan Cooper

The incubator of our national identity: An exploration of 80 neighborhoods and personalities that formed the Jewish character and culture of Israel. Meet at traffic circle at Agripas and Eliash Streets (Harav Yaakov Barukh Square)

June 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m-12:00 noon:  The Temple Mount and the Via Dolorosa with Prof. Doron Bar

Meeting at the Dung Gate, we will enter the Temple Mount and learn of its development as a holy site for both Jews and Moslems. We will then go to the Moslem Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, and learn how the various stations of the cross became sanctified in Christian tradition. Modest dress required for both men and women (no shorts, no sleeveless, 3/4 length sleeves for women). Please bring hats and water bottles.

 (minimum registration – 2 tours)


June 5, 12, 19, 26

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Biblical and Jewish Themes in Popular Israeli Music with Cantor Iris Weiner

260 shekels for the series

With the beginnings of Zionism, biblical figures, events and themes previously viewed in a wholly religious light, were revisited and portrayed in a nationalistic manner, with contemporary sensibilities. This course will highlight shifts in the choice of biblical themes and figures and their interpretation in Hebrew songs from the 1910s till today, reflecting changes in Israeli society and its values.