Exploring Jewishness – Online via Zoom

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, beginning Tuesday, Oct 27, 7-8:30pm

This course is intended both for those engaging with Jewish traditions for the first time and those who wish to understand them in a deeper way. It begins with the understanding that being Jewish takes a wide variety of forms which do not readily fit into single categories such as “religion” or “culture.” Classes will be an opportunity for us to explore multiple perspectives on core aspects of Jewish experience.

We will be meeting as a full class group the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Each participant will be assigned a study partner (or partners) with whom they will meet during the alternate week to prepare and discuss course materials.

The text for the course is Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper. It can be purchased at www.bookshop.org, an online store which benefits local independent booksellers. If you cannot afford to purchase the book, please contact Rabbi Setel (rabbisetel@gmail.com) who will obtain one for you.

The course is free to Temple Emanu-El members. A voluntary donation is requested of non-members.

Please register in advance for this course by clicking here: Exploring. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing Zoom login information.

Class schedule:
1. Oct. 27 – Reading: “Introduction,” pp. 1-11
2. Nov. 10 – Reading: “Narratives,” pp. 12-27
3. Nov. 24 – Reading: “Sinais,” pp. 28-44
4. Dec. 8 – Reading: “Zions,” pp. 45-59
5. Dec. 22 – Reading: “Messiahs,” pp. 60-71
6. Jan. 12 – Reading: “Laws,” pp. 72-94
7. Jan. 26 – Reading: “Mysticisms,” pp. 95-112
8. Feb. 9 – Reading: “Cultures,” pp. 113-139
9. Feb. 23 – Reading: “Movements,” pp. 140-167
10. Mar. 9 – Reading: “Genocides,” pp. 168-184
11. Mar. 23 – Reading: “Powers,” pp. 185-216
12. Apr. 13 – Reading: “Borders,” pp. 217-230
13. Apr. 27 – Reading: “Futures,” pp. 231-244

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