Judaism 101: Autumn 2017 Schedule

Autumn and Winter Term Dates 2017/18


14 December:  Are we what we eat?

Ask most people to relate one fact about Jews, and you’re very likely to get an answer including the word ‘pork’. But the concept of kosher eating is far more complex than that; this session will explore what it means in general, and what it could mean for us as Liberal Jews.

18 January: Smashing the tablets: Moses on trial
The Torah closes with a tribute to Moses, the greatest prophet we’ve ever known. This session will explore his story, his personality, his leadership and – on occasion – his lack of leadership.
15 February: Why aren’t rabbis called priests?
Once upon a time Judaism had a Temple and a priesthood; now it has synagogues and rabbis. This session will explore this transition, what went before it, and why synagogues are here to stay.
15 March: Stoning our leaders: Judaism and democracy in action
Today, Israel proudly proclaims itself a Jewish and democratic state, and even in our ancient texts, the Israelites kept a stern eye on their leaders. From Biblical times to modern Jerusalem, this session will explore Jewish values of civics and responsible leadership.

All sessions will be led by student Rabbi, Gabriel Webber.

Venue:  the Garden Room, Friargate Meeting House

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