JIC 2018-2019

Jewish Information Class

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Welcome to Temple Israel's Jewish Information Class 2018-2019

Please join us for our introductory session November 4!

Course documents are available on this page. Please fill out an information sheet for the office.

Until the books are ordered, please find a PDF of the first part of the text below

Session Dates: Series 1

  • 4 Nov 2018
  • 11 Nov 2018
  • 18 Nov 2018
  • 25 Nov 2018

Session Dates: Series 2

  • 6 Jan 2019
  • 13 Jan 2019
  • 20 Jan 2019
  • 27 Jan 2019
  • TBD - "Shabbaton" Weekend Event

Session Dates: Series 3

  • 7 Apr 2019
  • 14 Apr 2019
  • 21 Apr 2019
  • TBD - Final Class Session

Hard copies of the text will be available in the Temple office; a digital copy of text can be purchased here

Course Outline:

JIC Course Outline.pdf

Information Sheet:

JIC Information Sheet 5779.doc - Google Docs.pdf

What is Judaism? Who Are the Jewish People?

Session 1: November 4, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Please join us for our introductory session.

Introduction (pp. 5-25)

  • On the Jewish People
  • Jewish Religious Pluralism
  • On the Jewish People
  • A Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism, CCAR, Pittsburgh, 1999


Until the textbooks arrive, please find a PDF of the texts, below

Readings, Session 1:

Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity - Intro.pdf

Journal Prompt, Session 1:

JIC Journal Prompts 2018-2019 #1

The Jewish People, Beliefs, and Sacred Texts: People of the Book

Session 2: November 11, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

We will learn about the central role of text in Jewish Tradition (pp. 427-468)

  • The Torah and the Jewish People
  • Women and Interpretation of the Torah
  • Women and Post-biblical Commentary
  • Our Tree of Life
  • Why Should Reform Jews Study Talmud?
  • Responsa


Until the textbooks arrive, please find a PDF of the texts, below

Readings, Session 2:

Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity - Sacred Texts.pdf

Journal Prompt, Session 2:

JIC Journal Prompts 2018-2019 #2

Living in Jewish Time: The Yamim Nora’im (High Holidays)—The Days of Awe

Session 3: November 18, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

This week, we begin our study of Jewish Holidays

  • Living in Jewish Time: The Calendar (pp. 61-68)
    • The Cycle of The Jewish Year
    • The Jewish Calendar, RABBI ALEXANDER GUTTMANN
  • The Yamim Nora’im (High Holidays)—The Days of Awe (pp. 99-130)
    • On S'lichot
    • Approaching the High Holy Days, RABBI ELAINE ZECHER
    • Aseret Y’mei T’shuvah (The Ten Days of Repentance)
    • New Fruits and Old Crumbs for Rosh HaShanah, ELLEN ZIMMERMAN
    • Rosh HaShanah
    • How to Harness the Healing Power of Forgiveness and Repentance, ARON HIRT-MANHEIMER
    • Shofar’s Voice, STACEY ZISOOK ROBINSON
    • Yom Kippur
    • Fasting on Yom Kippur
    • Indulging in the Physical? No, Not on Yom Kippur, JANE E. HERMAN


Until the textbooks arrive, please find a PDF of the texts, below

Readings, Session 3-a:

Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity - Jewish Calendar.pdf

Readings, Session 3-b:

Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity - Yamim Noraim.pdf

Journal Prompt, Session 3:

JIC Journal Prompts 2018-2019 #3

Living in Jewish Time: The Festivals and Other Holidays

Session 4: November 25, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

We continue our study of Jewish Holidays with the Festivals and other Holidays (pp. 133-198)

  • The Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Shalosh R’galim)
    • Sukkot (Including Sh’mini Atzeret–Simchat Torah)
    • Pesach
    • Shavuot; What Are the Numbers of Shavuot?, Ellen Zimmerman
  • Purim
  • Chanukah
  • Tu BiSh’vat
  • Tishah B’Av (Ninth of Av)

Until the textbooks arrive, please find a PDF of the texts, below

Readings, Session 4:

Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity - Festivals.pdf

Journal Prompt, Session 4:

JIC Journal Prompts 2018-2019 #4

The Jewish Story: From Creation to the Enlightenment (a Bird's-Eye View)

Session 5: January 6, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 pm (note new time)

Jewish history can be understood as the story of Jewish resilience and adaptation. We begin our exploration of Jewish history, looking at a recurring pattern: a previously marginalized group steps in after an exile and remakes Judaism as part of a spiritual revolution. (pp 469-487)

  • First Exile (586 BCE) - the prophets turn the Jewish eye outward, whereas formerly it had focused strictly inward on the Jews’ own communities
  • Second Exile (in 70 CE) - the Rabbis change Judaism even more
  • Third Exile (1492 CE) - Expulsion of Jews from Spain; Jews go to Israel and new worlds
  • Fourth Exile (20th Century) - the rise of "denominations;" the Holocaust and its aftermath; and a Modern State of Israel

The Jewish Story: The Shoah (Holocaust) and Anti-Semitism

Session 6: January 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm (note new time)

Resistance, adaptation and resilience are all part of the Jewish Shoah story. The Shoah has had a profound effect on the Jewish identity following WWII. (pp 491-503)

  • Anti-Semitism
  • The Shoah
  • Yom HaShoah
  • Jewish Views of Evil

Second Series of Classes: (note new time)

Session 7: January 20, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Session 8: January 27, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

The Jewish Story: (pp. 469-573)

  • Israel and Zionism
    • Zionism
    • The Modern State of Israel
    • Yom HaZikaron
    • Yom HaAtzmaut
    • Understanding and Contextualizing the Conflict
  • The (North) American Jewish Experience and Understanding Diversity
    • Di Goldene Medinah (The “Golden Country”)
    • The Evolution of and Principles Guiding Reform Judaism and the Other Movements
    • The Range of Belief and Practice Within Each Movement
    • Beyond Denominations
    • “Secular” Jews

Final Series of Classes:

Session 9: April 7, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Session 10: April 14, 4:00 to 6:00 pm (this class will be held later than usual to accomodate an event at the JCC)

Session 11: April 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Living a Jewish Life (pp. 199-342)

  • Marriage, Partnership and More
    • Love and Sex
    • Birth Control
    • Marriage and Partnering
    • The Wedding Ceremony
    • Divorce
  • Birth, Raising Menschen, and the Wisdom of Adulthood
    • Birth, Raising Menschen, 1.Birth and Adoption, B’rit Milahand the Wisdom of Adulthood and Simchat Bat
    • Fertility
    • Genetic Testing
    • Considerations about Terminating a Pregnancy
    • Jewish Education
    • Jewish Camping
    • Bar/Bat Mitzvah
    • Confirmation
    • “It Takes a Village”—the Role of Community
    • The Wisdom of Adulthood
  • Death and Mourning
    • End of Life
    • Death
    • Mourning
    • Organ Donation
    • Views about Afterlife
  • Choosing Judaism: Becoming Part of a Jewish Family, the Jewish Community and the Jewish People, Conversion and Shalom Bayit
    • Religious Perspectives and Decisions Evolve3.
    • The Conversion Process
    • Family Issues and Shalom Bayit
    • Community Attitudes
    • Looking Back: “Panel Discussion”
    • Becoming Part of the Jewish Community
    • Siyyum (pp. 575-588)
      • A People and/or A Religion
      • My Jewish Journey
      • Next Steps


"Shabbaton" Weekend

TBD

Shabbaton: Friday/Saturday

  • Living in Jewish Time: The Calendar and Shabbat
    • The Jewish Calendar
    • Shabbat
  • The Jewish People, Beliefs and Sacred Texts: Jewish Prayer and the Synagogue
    • Why Pray—What is Prayer?
    • Beit T’filah, Beit Midrash, and Beit Knesset
    • “Tour” of the Sanctuary
    • Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin
    • Keva and Kavanah
    • The Language of Prayer: Hebrew and the Vernacular
    • Structure and Choreography of T’filah
    • Prayer Outside the Synagogue
    • Brachot and the Bracha Formula
    • Hazanut and the Music of Prayer
  • The Jewish People, Beliefs and Sacred Texts: What do Jews Believe?
    • God
    • B’rit/Covenant
    • Chosenness
    • Kedushah/Holiness
    • Mitzvah
    • Halachah