It's hard to be a liberal Zionist these days. Our liberalism often puts us at odds with the Israeli government, and sometimes with the Israeli people; our relationship with Israel navigates between, on the one hand, pride, defense and support for Israel's right to exist and flourish in peace and security, and on the other, anger, alienation, frustration, bewilderment and critique. In this session, we'll explore that navigation, and consider ways that Jewish leaders can frame for themselves and their communities relationships with Israel that contain all those emotions and ideas. With guest speaker Alex Sinclair, director of programs in Israel education and adjunct assistant professor in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Eboo Patel, well-known author and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, will speak about the importance of interreligious engagement in today's global context. Also featured will be preview of CIRCLE House, an interfaith enter on the campus ov Andover Newton Theological School. Founded in 2008 with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, CIRCLE is a joint initiative of Andover Newton and Hebrew College. Its mission is to help prepare religious leaders for service in a religiously diverse society, and to provide adult learners with high-quality educational opportunities and resources.
All ancient Jewish texts are androcentric and Judaeocentric — that is, they put men and Jews (and Judaism) at the center of their discourse and thinking. Occasionally, however, our texts allow us to see how the Israelites and their Jewish successors construed women and gentiles, two anomalous categories of human. Rabbi Shaye Cohen leads us on a discussion of this fascinating topic. His talk is part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.
Israeli author and social activist David Grossman delivers the inaugural Martin Kace Lecture, “Writing in the Dark,” in which he reflects on his work as a Jewish writer and public intellectual in contemporary Israeli society. The series honors the late Martin Kace, a successful businessman, teacher and social entrepreneur who engaged in a variety of innovative social, cultural and economic projects in Israel and the United States. Arrangements for the appearance of David Grossman made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y.
With Deeana Klepper, associate professor of religion at Boston University. Part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.
With Maud Mandel, associate professor of history at Brown University. Part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.
Hebrew College Me'ah has transformed our community. For 20 years, hundreds of adults have embarked on a two-year journey of study that has changed them and our world. We will honor the stories that have arisen from this remarkable initiative. With the support of CJP, the Boston Jewish community now boasts leaders and learners from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We celebrate the power of Me'ah!
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