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Moral Outrage, War, and Economics: Heschel and Social Justice (Contra Costa)

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

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.” Students may take individual parts, or register for the full series at a reduced rate.

During the final trimester of the Heschel program, students will be reading from “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity.” The four sessions will be an introduction to the prophetic voice of Heschel and his passion for keeping America “a just society.” We will discuss war (including genocide), refugees, the moral dilemma of the Space Age, and Jewish political activism.

For more information, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.

Schedule

# Sessions
4
Date & time

Thursdays, May 17, 24, 31, June 7
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuition
$85 for the public
$60 for Member of sponsoring congregations

Scholarships and tuition assistance are available. Contact abra@lehrhaus.org

Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen
May 24 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen
May 31 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen
Jun 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu B'nai Tikvah Yosef Rosen

Location

Congregation B'nai Tikvah

25 Hillcroft Way

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

925-933-5397

Instructors

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.