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Jewish Studies

The Program of Jewish Studies is generously sponsored by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary.
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Our Jewish Studies classes inspire learners from all knowledge levels and backgrounds looking to add meaning and purpose to their everyday lives. We offer classes with master teachers to help you gain a better understanding of ancient texts or today’s headlines, with classes in Torah and Talmud, Jewish Film and History, Archaeology and current events. Join our community of learners to connect with our tradition and learn how it relates to us today.

  • American Art in the Gilded Age

    American Art in the Gilded Age

    In the nineteenth century, America faced a political and social landscape similar to our own in 2017. Wealthy patrons forged an elegant aesthetic of refined beauty, decorative color and exotic delight. Yet beneath the "gilded surface" loomed political scandal, a new racial dynamic, yearnings for women's suffrage and desire for spiritual substance. We examine the art of Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, H.O.Tanner, John Singer Sargent, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read More

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  • The Currents in Current Events (Morning Class)

    The Currents in Current Events (Morning Class)

    Your weekly news magazine. We will examine the connections between events both near and far. We will seek history and context in order to be informed, knowing that knowledge is power and fights the despair of helplessness and hopelessness. We might even laugh as we remember Marx (Karl not Groucho) writing that History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Read More

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  • The Currents in Current Events (Evening Class)

    The Currents in Current Events (Evening Class)

    Your weekly news magazine. We will examine the connections between events both near and far. We will seek history and context in order to be informed, knowing that knowledge is power and fights the despair of helplessness and hopelessness. We might even laugh as we remember Marx (Karl not Groucho) writing that History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Read More

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  • The Children of Abraham: Jews, Christians, Muslims

    The Children of Abraham: Jews, Christians, Muslims

    This comparative religion course explores the core beliefs and biblical images of Judaism and how they "begat" and influenced the beliefs and images in the Christian Gospels and Islam's Quran and Haddiths. We'll find amazing similarities among these three religions as well as theological deal-breakers based on seemingly innocuous biblical passages. Read More

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  • The Roots and Bitter Fruits of Anti-Semitism

    The Roots and Bitter Fruits of Anti-Semitism

    The oldest xenophobia begins before Christianity but is codified in the Gospels for a specific purpose and in a specific verse. We'll discuss how this bigotry has poisoned the world and explore how even the Torah/Hebrew Bible and other ancient texts are misused to justify hatred. From ancient slurs to modern excuses, Anti-Semitism remains alive. Read More

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