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Three Rabbis Face Adversity

A Three-Week Course Taught on Zoom by Prof. Ilan Stavans (Amherst College). 

Thursdays, Sept. 23 and 30, and Oct. 7 at 7pm 

(1) Rabbi Avika: Babylonian Talmud "Hagigah 14b:8" (3rd to 6th century)

(2) Maimonides: "Iggeret Teman" / "Epistle of Yemen" (1173) 

(3) Abraham Joshua Heschel: "Religion and Race" speech (1963)

These three rabbis responded in courageous ways to particularly fraught moments in Jewish history (second century, twelfth century, twentieth century), providing us with models for action from which we can draw important lessons. 

Please register for this course here , and you will be sent the Zoom link. Prof. Stavans asks that prior to each session, participants read the passages he has selected.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of Restless Books, and the co-founder of Great Books Summer Program. His latest book is Jewish Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford).


Adult Education

At Congregation B'nai Israel, education is a cornerstone of Jewish life. Each year, we host a range of robust programming designed to include all, and exclude none. We hope you’ll find a program that sparks your interest, and that you’ll join us in this quest for knowledge.

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The Talmud is a vast ocean. Within its 5,422 pages, it provides us with an extraordinary compendium of Jewish wisdom. During these Shabbat study sessions (Jacob's Shabbes Shiur), we will dive into some important fascinating sections. Class is free and open to everyone; no prior experience or language skills are necessary. 

Shabbat mornings at 10 am  Zoom link here.

Text Study with Rabbi Justin David

This weekly class  is an informal study of Jewish texts and lively discussions, now held online every Tuesday at 12:15 pm. Registration is not required, and there is no charge.  Zoom link here.

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