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Outrage, War, and Economics: Heschel and Social Justice (Contra Costa)

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, May 17, 24, 31, June 7
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuition
$85 after Sept 27
$60 for members

$85 Scholarships are available. Contact abra@lehrhaus.org for reduced tuition options.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen
May 24 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen
May 31 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen
Jun 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen

Location

Congregation B'nai Tikvah

25 Hillcroft Way

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

925-933-5397

Instructors

Yosef Rosen

Yosef RosenYosef Rosen is an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensions of Jewish creative genres—Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry—and invite students to discover their own genres of intellectual creativity. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on representations of spiritual community in the Zohar. Before moving to the Bay seven years ago, Yosef spent many years in traditional and innovative yeshivot in both Israel and America. In his spare time he wanders the woodlands of Northern California and celebrates the hills of the Bay on his bike.