Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years ago open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Mondays, November 30, 2020 – March 1, 2021 (no class 2/15)
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Lynne Lieberman
Vayikra (Leviticus): A Call to Holiness
Chosen by the rabbinic sages as the first book to initiate children to Bible learning, contemporary readers often perceived Vayikra as inaccessible. Yet, embedded in the laws that focus on the prescribed sacrificial practices, laws of ritual impurity and purity, and the pursuit of holiness are messages and values that have relevance to the universal condition. In our study of Vayikra, we will examine themes including the role of rituals, responding to tragedy, confronting birth and parenthood, seeking forgiveness, balancing the place of the individual and the community, bringing sanctity into one's daily life, and more. Through a textual study of selected passages, this course uncovers the depth and wisdom of the third book of the Torah and reveals its enduring messages that touch our lives to this very day.

Day: Tuesdays, December 1, 2020 - February 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Debra Eisenman
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life - issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. This course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

Day: Mondays beginning on November 9, 2020 - February 1, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Debra Eisenman
Day: Thursdays beginning on November 12, 2020 - February 4, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Debra Eisenman



Amy GordonAmy Gordon is the Adult Education Coordinator. Having migrated into this position from the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches, she has built her career on providing quality programs and out-of-the-box experiences to the Jewish communities that she represents. As a former educator, camp director and event coordinator, she looks forward to utilizing her past experiences to assist in creating something amazing for all of you.

Sponsoring Agency

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Friedman Commission for Jewish Education,
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building
1 Harvard Circle, Suite 100
West Palm Beach, FL  33409

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