Schechter’s Stimulating Enrichment Courses in English 10-week fall lecture series, starting November 3, 2019


Sundays,

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Do We Not Bleed?”: Investigating the Jew in Literature with Dr. Shana Mauer

In this course, we will not just confront cliché stereotypes of Jews in literary texts, but look closely at some of the earliest caricatures of Jews in literature, and how those portrayals influenced subsequent writers. We will also look at the puzzling phenomenon of writers who did not live among Jews during their lifetime – Chaucer and Shakespeare most famously – choosing to satirize Jews in their work. We will also look at sympathetic literary portrayals of Jews, particularly with the rise of Zionism and the birth of the State of Israel.

Dates: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31), Jan. 5, 12, 19

 

Cantor Iris Beth Weiner

Sundays,

12:30 p.m. –

2:00 p.m.

Jewish Themes in Popular Israeli Music with Cantor Iris Weiner

Naomi Shemer, Ehud Manor, and Nurit Hirsh are among the iconic composers and lyricists whose compositions we will study. We will delve into the personal and historical events which influenced and shaped their lives and their creativity. We will investigate the use of Jewish texts in expressing fundamental beliefs and conveying deeply felt emotions, and examine how ancient texts and modern ones converse to create a modern Israeli form of prayer.

Dates: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31),

Jan. 5, 12, 19

Tuesdays,

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

“Close Encounters of the 2nd Kind:  Defiant and Compliant Relationships in the Books of Exodus” with Esther Lapian

Familial relationships in the Book of Exodus are often ignored in the wake of the great dramas of Genesis. In this course, we will explore the unexplored – complex relationships between fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers that lie beneath the surface of the great Exodus narrative.

Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31), Jan. 7, 14, 21

Prof. Yossi TurnerTuesdays,

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“The Emancipation’s impact upon Judaism: The transformation of Jewish life and religion in the 19th and 20th centuries” with Prof. Yossi Turner

This course involves an examination of the philosophies and ideologies through which the major streams of modern Judaism were constructed. The bodies of thought to be considered include some of the foundational texts of 19’th century Emancipationist Jewry (Orthodoxy, Reform and Positive-Historical) as well as some of the early 20’th century texts upon which re-Constructionist Judaism was founded. In all of these, the focus will be upon the manner in which the modern process of secularization transformed the character of Jewish life and religion.

Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31), Jan. 7, 14, 21

Dr. Elliott MalametTuesdays,

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

“Judaism: The Major Questionswith Dr. Elliott Malamet

This course will examine some of the central issues of Judaism through the lens of medieval and modern Jewish thought. Among the questions to be examined include: Did God create the world?; What happened at Sinai?; Is chosenness racist? Is Israel a holy Land? Are human beings really free? Why do bad things happen? A variety of views and textual sources will be presented.

 

Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31), Jan. 7, 14, 21

Dr. Jonatan Ben HaRoshWednesdays,

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

 

“Delving into the Mysteries of the Zohar” with Dr. Jonatan Benarroch

For those unfamiliar with this important Kabbalistic work, this course will offer an overview of the Zohar’s language, symbols, and ideas. It will delve into the Zohar’s religious thought, which is based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.  The course will also examine the different literary layers as well as the Kabbalistic circles from which the Zohar emerged.

 

Dates: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18 (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31), Jan. 1, 8, 15

 

Dr. Shula Laderman

Wednesdays,

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

All about Jewish Artists with Dr. Shula Laderman

In this   course we will view and discuss the works of Art of a group of Jewish artists in an effort to learn about the emancipation and its process of transferring Jewish Art from tradition to modernity. Through the works of such artists as Moritz Oppenheim, Mark Antokolsky,  Mauricy Gottlieb , Samuel Hirszenberg , Isador Kaufmann, Josef Israels, Moise Lilien,  Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipshitz and others we will examine the conflicts of  identity in the nineteenth century and the Jewish experience in the Art of the twentieth century when a Jew could become a modern artist.

 

Dates: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18 (Hanukkah break until Dec. 31), Jan. 1, 8, 15

Venue: The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 4 Avraham Granot Street, Nayot, Jerusalem. Free parking!

Tutition includes complimentary hot drinks during classes.

 

Tuition: IS 725 per course

10% discount for pre-registration for one series (10 classes): 650 shekels (prior to October 7, 2019)

10% discount price for 2 series of classes: 1170 shekels

15% discount price for 3 series of classes: 1650 shekels

For further information: Dr. Etka Liebowitz, etka@schechter.ac.il, 074-7800673