Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Origins of Modern Thought | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Origins of Modern Thought

Mon, October 15, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Rabbi Wolf-Prusan

Nine sessions, 20 voices, and you and your fellow travelers. 

Dates-Selected Mondays:

Oct 15:
Politics of Self Understanding: HaLevi and Maimonides 
Nov 12: Imagining the Jewish State: Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Isaac Kook
Dec 10: Righteous Dissenters After The Holocaust: Buber on Palestinians and Heschel on Civil Rights and Vietnam
Jan 14: Beyond the Synagogue: Mordecai Kaplan’s JCC/Havurah Movements and Rabbi Menachem Schneerson’s Chabad
Feb 11: On the 20th Anniversary of “Engendering Judaism": Rachel Adler and Judith Plaskow
Mar 11: The Feminist Poets in our prayerbooks: Adrienne Rich, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Chana Bloch, Alicia Ostriker
Apr 8: Scene Changers: Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Debbie Friedman
May 13: Visionaries: Yitzhak Greenberg and Adin Steinsaltz 
Jun 3: Empowered Judaism, The Autonomous Jew, and the current Israeli/American Relationship

Who are the “modern” thinkers that have informed and influenced how Jews think today?  Jews are resilient responders.  We will look at selected writers and weigh and consider their ideas in the face of the challenges that have confronted Jews and Judaism.  This is a dialog across time to reveal what concepts and enduring understandings we may be carrying, debating, holding, and discarding.  We will read deeply not to be persuaded, but to share in the thoughts and imaginings of women and men who cared and still care about Judaism and the Jewish People.  We will read and discuss together to better know ourselves and lives in our own time. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.

Tuition:  Your Choice

$270 covers faculty, admin, and overhead costs

$225 covers faculty and admin costs

$180 covers faculty cost

Rabbi Wolf-Prusan

About Rabbi Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center.

Sponsored and presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.



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