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Philosophy Circle Mini Course: Readings from HaLevi, Maimonides, Buber, and Heschel

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2017.

On four very different nights we will dip into the wellspring of the Jewish philosophical library in this mini survey course for Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle.

HaLevi and Maimonides created foundational thought on Jewish identity at the dusk of the Golden Age of Spain. Buber and Heschel addressed modernity at the sunset of European Jewry and the dawn of Israel and America. We will read and discuss excerpts from HaLevi’s Kuzari, Maimonides’ The Guide for the Perplexed, Buber’s Hasidism and Modern Man and Heschel’s The Insecurity of Freedom and more.

This class will meet at Congregation B'nai Shalom for the first two sessions, and at Congregation B'nai Tikvah for the last two sessions.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 19 and 20; April 26 and 27
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$36 for the public
$18 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Apr 20 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Apr 26 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Apr 27 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan


Congregation Shomrei Torah

2600 Bennett Valley Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95404



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.