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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice (San Francisco-JCF)

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.


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesdays, October 24, 31, Wednesday Nov 8, Thursday Nov 16
6:30 - 8:00 pm

$85 after Sept 27
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 24 6:30 PM–8:00 PM Tue JCF Jason Harris
Oct 31 6:30 PM–8:00 PM Tue JCF Jason Harris
Nov 08 6:30 PM–8:00 PM Wed JCF Jason Harris
Nov 16 6:30 PM–8:00 PM Thu JCF Jason Harris


Jewish Community Federation

121 Steuart St.

San Francisco, CA 94105



Jason Harris

Jason HarrisJason Harris is the Birthright Israel Experience Program Manager at the San Francisco-'based Jewish Community Federation where he oversees Birthright trips, trains staff and develops post-trip opportunities for young professional to engage in Jewish life. Jason holds a BA in International Relations from UC Davis, joint Masters Degree in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University. He wrote his Masters Thesis on the Armenian Genocide and it's connection with the American Jewish community. He also holds a certificate for completing a course in national security studies at National Defense University. Prior to the Federation's Birthright program, Jason worked in the United States Congress as the Legislative Director for Congressman Alcee L. Hastings. Jason also hosts a podcast on Jewish and Israeli history called "Jew Oughta Know", which can be found in the iTunes podcast store.