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Moral Outrage, War, and Economics: Heschel and Social Justice (San Francisco-JCC)

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.


# Sessions
Date & time

Mondays, February 26, March 5, 12, 19
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$75 early registration
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 26 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Mar 05 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Mar 12 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Mar 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan



3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118



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.