Rabbi Julie's Fall Education Series: Judaism as an Evolving Religious Civilization

posted Sep 19, 2021, 7:18 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Sep 30, 2021, 8:17 AM ]
Please join us for Rabbi Julie's exciting Fall Education Series: 
Judaism as an Evolving Religious Civilization.
Reconstructing Judaism makes a major contribution to Jewish pedagogy by organizing our study of history according to historical eras. In each era our people faced the needs of the moment by bringing Jewish values and wisdom to meet current times. In this way, Judaism evolved through the centuries, always staying true to tradition even as tradition was "reconstructed" in innovative ways. The classic eras are defined as Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary. In this series, we will look at the historical context of each era, and we will trace one concept "olam ha'ba/the world to come" through each of the Jewish civilizations. Bring your questions and curiosity to join this learning community! All are welcome.

The three sessions are:  Sunday, October 17, 2021; Sunday, November 21, 2021; and Sunday, December 12, 2021.

All sessions run 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM on Zoom

You need not attend all sessions to participate.

Session I:  Sunday, October 17, 2021 - Biblical to Medieval Jewish Civilization: How One Concept Evolved

In ancient Biblical times,consistent with early human understanding of the afterlife, our ancestors believed that the actual bones of dead people would be resurrected. Building on that foundation, how did successive generations understand "olam ha'ba/the world to come" as science, spirituality and historical pressures changed?  Here is the reading assignment:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_history

Session II:  Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Modernity Changed Everything: What Made Judaism Still Jewish?

If you took a Jewish community from 300 B.C.E.  and compared it to an early twentieth century Jewish community, what continuity would you find?  In many ways the lives and understanding of the people in each era would seem to have nothing in common.  What did Temple sacrifice have to do with celebrating Shabbat in homes on Friday nights? Would they even recognize each other as Jewish if they met in a time warp? We will explore the ways in which they would indeed have found links of connection in our evolving civilization.  (Reading assignment to follow.)

Session III:  Sunday, December 12, 2021 - Contemporary Judaism: Our Turn to Co-Create Jewish Civilization For This Era 

One profound result of a curriculum based on evolving Jewish civilizations, is the insight that now it is our turn. We inherit these centuries of development of our precious tradition and we need to discover how to bring these treasures to the needs of these times. We will look at some of the ways that this is happening right before our very eyes, and even with our own participation, in Reconstructing Judaism. We are shaping the next iteration of Jewish civilization.  (Reading assignment to follow.)

Participation for LHI members is free of charge. We ask non-members to consider making a suggested minimum donation of $18 per person for the series, which you can make through Paypal on LHI’s website or by check payable to Leyv Ha-Ir, P.O. Box 15836, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Information for this and all virtual events will automatically be sent to LHI members. If non-members would like to participate, please email us at info@leyvhair.org, or call us at 215-629-1995 to request that the remote access information be sent to you the day before each session.