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Sixth & I

Thinking Jewishly: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Modern World

Session Six: Rabbi for President: Politics from the Bimah

May 1, 2018 • 7:00 pm ET
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This session meets on Tuesdays,  May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

In a modern world where everything feels overly, and overtly, political, what is the role of a synagogue in the public sphere? Should it remain neutral, 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?

Participants from both sides of the aisle are invited to explore with Rabbi Suzy the intersection between Judaism and social justice.

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.

No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to lack of funds. For more information, please contact our Jewish Programming Associate, Annie