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Modern Jewish Thought

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

Are the Jews a nation or a religion? Can traditional practice and belief be reconciled with science and reason? Should the Holocaust shape the way Jews think about God? These are some of the core questions of Modern Jewish Thought.

This course will introduce you to major trends in Jewish thought from the Enlightenment until the present day. We will examine Jewish theologians who formulated significant responses to modernity, including rationalism, Zionism, religious naturalism, existentialism, post-Holocaust theology, mysticism, and postmodernism. The course will examine religious and political dimensions of modern Jewish life, and the way these thinkers addressed basic questions of Jewish identity and belief. Participants will be challenged to consider the degree to which Judaism can change in response to modernity and still remain an authentic expression Judaism.

Schedule

# Sessions
8
Date & time

Tuesdays, September 26 - November 14
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Tuition

$80 for the public
$50 for members
Couples: $100 / $80 members
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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Sep 26 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Oct 03 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Oct 10 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Oct 17 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Oct 24 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Oct 31 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Nov 07 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder
Nov 14 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth Emek Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder

Location

Congregation Beth Emek

3400 Nevada Court

Pleasanton, CA 94566

925-931-1055

Instructors

Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder

Rabbi Laurence Elis MilderRabbi Milder earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Rabbi Milder has pursued dual careers in the rabbinate and in academia, serving as an assistant professor at the University of Maine, and currently as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton, CA. Rabbi Milder composes and performs Jewish folk music, and his songs are popular in youth groups and summer camps throughout North America. He is married to Janet Elis Milder and they have three children.