REGISTRATION
Beyond Borders: Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict
This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

Day: Tuesdays beginning on January 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Pacific via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 20
Faculty: Jonathan Lightman
Shemot II: From Revelation to Revolution
This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

Day: Sundays beginning on January 3, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Pacific via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Jonathan Lightman
The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations
This course explores the historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadens our understanding and challenges our assumptions in our own era when tensions are high through the use of Muslim and Jewish texts and other primary sources.

Day: Wednesdays beginning on January 6, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Pacific via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Dr. Baryohay Davidoff
BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended
Israel's fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges to the leadership of Moses and Aaron; at times the nation challenged their competence as leaders, and at times individuals arose to challenge their very right to lead. This course will survey the dramatic events of the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer BeMidbar, through analysis of biblical texts, artwork and related commentaries, old and new. As students explore the biblical narratives describing forty years of wandering in the wilderness, they will be surprised to note the timeless nature of those stories. How can the lessons learned from the past be applied to solving the communal challenges of the present and the future? BeMidbar introduces significant literary tools often used by scholars in the study of the Bible, and invites participants to revisit and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative.

Day: Sundays beginning on March 14, 2021 
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Pacific via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Ricki Lobel

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INFORMATION
Director

Mehrnaz Halimi-WaksMehrnaz Halimi-Waks






Advisory Board

Karen Brandt, Sheilah Dabb, Bruce Deutsch, Morgan Deutsch, Deborah Frost, Sharon Futerman, Mehrnaz Halimi-Waks, Janis Lightman, Sara Metzger, Jerry Schwarz, Meryl Shader, Maksim Smelchak, Ann Soloway, DeAnna Stevens, Rabbi Reuven Taff

Sponsoring Agency

Sacramento Congregation Beth ShalomCongregation Beth Shalom
4746 El Camino Ave.
Carmichael, CA
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Contact Details

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