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Philosophy Circle: Origins of Modern Thought - East Bay

This course was offered in Fall, 2018.

Who are the “modern” thinkers that have informed and influenced how many Jews, worldwide, think today? We will reveal the thinkers and ideas influencing Jewish racial identity, the emerging Jewish State, post-Holocaust theology, feminism, new forms of worship, neo-Hasidism, and Judaism for the 21st century. We will engage with texts by Ha Levi and Maimonides, Buber and Heschel, Rachel Adler and Judith Plaskow, Kook and Jabotinsky, Ben-Gurion and David Hartman, Benay Lappe and Irving (Yitz) Greenberg and others. We will read and discuss together to better know ourselves in our own time.

Students will be provided with a reader of texts and sources at the first session.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, October 17, November 14, December 12, January 23, February 20, March 27, April 17, May 15, May 29
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$270 (100%)
$225 (80%)
$180 (60%)

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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
Nov 14 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
Dec 12 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
Jan 23 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
Feb 20 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
Mar 27 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
Apr 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen
May 15 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed JCCEB Yosef Rosen


JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



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 is currently a Jewish Studies teacher at JCHS of the Bay. 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 hillsides of the Bay on his bike.