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Session Six: $90
Six-Session Package: $450

How to Purchase:

Register online or by phone (877.987.6487 with a $1.50 fee per ticket). Click here to register for all six sessions.

Venue:

Sixth & I

Thinking Jewishly: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Modern World

Session Six: Rabbi for President: Politics from the Bimah

Apr 24, 2018 • 7:00 pm

This session meets on Tuesdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22.

In a modern world where everything feels overly, and overtly, political, what is the role of a synagogue? We encourage participants from both sides of the “aisle” to sign up for this class so we can honestly evaluate the intersection between Judaism and social justice.

What is the role of a synagogue in the public sphere? Should it remain neutral on the most contested issues of the day so that it can serve as a true sanctuary and refuge for Jews of all political persuasions? Or, does the essence of Jewish philosophy and history demand civic involvement? What are the rights, responsibilities and privileges of a rabbi when she or he speaks from the pulpit? On a more personal level, what does Judaism obligate you to do in order to create a more just society?

About this six-session series:

Being a Jew in the modern world is complicated. Over the course of a year, each session in this six-part series will focus on a different hot topic in modern Jewish thought. Uncover transformative Jewish ideas that have led our society closer to peace and justice while grappling with complicated ethical dilemmas provoked by our most ancient texts.

Even someone who went to Hebrew school may feel that the Torah isn’t relevant to their lives. This series aims to smash the idols of irrelevance and bring Jewish thought into the 21st Century. Through the exploration of key texts from the tradition, learn how to integrate ancient wisdom into everyday life.

Throughout the year we will explore questions such as: How can the Torah teach us to pursue justice and equality for all, while at the same time calling Jews the Chosen People? How do we understand our obligation to seek peace when the Torah is riddled with stories of war? Who gets to decide if I’m Jewish “enough”? What is the ideal relationship between politics and religion?

Who Should Sign Up?
This class is meant for anyone who is looking for a series of classes focused on Jewish philosophy and thought. If you have any previous Jewish education—Hebrew school, university classes, intro to Judaism classes at Sixth & I or elsewhere—this is a great way to explore some of the most challenging ethical dilemmas of the modern age. Basic knowledge of Jewish concepts and terms is helpful (but not mandatory) because this is not an introductory course. For questions, contact Rabbi Suzy.

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