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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice (Contra Costa)

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying.
—Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. 80 years ago, a young Abraham Joshua Heschel was appointed by Martin Buber to be the co-director of the Central Organization for Adult Jewish Education and Judishces Lehrhaus. Today, we carry on that legacy. 

In honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel's contributions to Jewish learning and the social justice imperative that defines him, Lehrhaus is excited to offer a three-part course exploring this fundamental aspect of Heschel’s life and Judaism. Part one will cover “Foundations.” Part two is “Heschel as Religious Activist.” And part three, “Moral Outrage, War, and Economics.” 

The texts we’ll focus on are Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings (Orbis, 2011) and Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997). We will also read supplementary texts from other writers including Maimonides, Shai Held, Edward K. Kaplan, and Susannah Heschel.

Students may take individual parts, or register for the full series at a reduced rate. Options are available for full-year students to bundle this text course with Talmud Circle or Philosophy Circle: Zohar for a special rate. For more information or to register for two bundled courses, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.

Schedule

# Sessions
4
Date & time

Thursdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuition
$85 after Sept 27
$60 for members

Scholarships are available. Contact abra@lehrhaus.org for reduced tuition options.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 26 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 02 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Location

Congregation B'nai Tikvah

25 Hillcroft Way

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

925-933-5397

Instructors

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan 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.