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After the Play: Head of Passes

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2015.

Join us again to explore Jewish values in the arts. Playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney, author of Berkeley Rep’s Head of Passes, states that his play was inspired by both the biblical story of Job and Shakespeare’s Lear. “This play is about a literal discourse in faith.”

How does Judaism perceive Job or tragedy? How do we in modern times, view the concept of faith? What is our internal guide? Is McCraney correct in saying that, “everybody needs to invent or hold onto some inalienable truth. Or at least that they feel is the truth.” Is there a core Jewish truth?

Join Rabbi Chester to explore Job, faith, and meaning.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, May 21
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 21 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Lehrhaus Rabbi Steven Chester


Lehrhaus Judaica

828 San Pablo Ave.

Suite 105

Albany, CA 94706



Rabbi Steven Chester

Rabbi Steven ChesterRabbi Steven Chester is a Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sinai in Oakland. He received a B.A. in History from UCLA, a B.H.L. from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, a M.H.L. from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and an honorary doctorate from HUC in 1996.