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Philosophy Circle: Origins of Modern Thought - Palo Alto

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.

For more information, contact abra@lehrhaus.org

Schedule

# Sessions
9
Date & time

Mondays, November 5, November 19, December 17, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 3
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Nov 05 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Nov 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Dec 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Jan 14 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Feb 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Mar 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Apr 08 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
May 13 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Jun 03 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Etz Chayim Rabbi Serena Eisenberg

Location

Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306-4546

650-813-9094

Instructors

Rabbi Serena Eisenberg

Rabbi Serena EisenbergRabbi Serena Eisenberg is the Northern California Director of the American Jewish Community since February, 2018. Prior to that, she spent ten years as Executive Director of Hillels at Stanford University and Brown University, and on sabbatical in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute. She has taught in a variety of community settings throughout the Bay Area and served congregations in Half Moon Bay CA and Kalispell, Montana. She was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2002, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Before entering the rabbinate, she worked as an advocate and child welfare ombudsman in diverse settings such as the Bronx family court, the Alameda County Department of Social Services, and with UNICEF in Gambia, Africa, after earning a JD/MSW from UC Berkeley in 1993. Serena has five sons, and loves hiking and worldwide adventure.