Turning Points: The Story of Jewish Peoplehood
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
October 19: What do we do now? From Destruction to Construction
The Temple is destroyed. The center of our sacrificial Priest-led cult is no longer. What was done to transform Jewish Peoplehood into the religion and culture that has lasted two thousand years? Learn about the “reconstruction” we call the Rabbinic Period.
November 16: In or Out? Jewish Enlightenment and Emancipation
How did Jewish Peoplehood break out of the mold of a purely religious people to be citizens and participants of the greater world? How did Napoleon Bonaparte and Moses Mendelssohn affect the story of Jewish Peoplehood? Learn about the roots of modern assimilation as well as modern Jewish identity.
December 7: If You Will It…The Tale of Zionism
This year is the 120th year of the First Zionist Congress! How did Theodor Herzl take an old idea and make it relevant in the times of nationalism in the late 1890’s? What is the difference between the numerous steams of Zionism: political, religious, cultural, labor and revisionist? Discuss which stream led to the creation the State of Israel and which stream dominates the modern State.
Facilitator: Mark Lazar, Director of Education of the Center for Jewish Life
Per person per session: $8 JCC Member; $10 public