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Karaite, Rabbanite, or Other: Affiliation in an Evolving Religious Landscape

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2019.

Shawn Lichaa will bring examples from Karaite Jewish literature and liturgy to show how a minority Jewish movement dealt with external pressures while trying to preserve its unique heritage. Karaite Judaism is characterized by its adherence to the plain meaning of the Tanakh, rather than its later interpretation by rabbis of the Talmudic and Mishnaic periods. Applying his experience with Karaism, Shawn Lichaa will explore ways that individuals can nourish the soul by finding a framework that resonates with them.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, March 17
1:30 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 17 1:30 PM–3:00 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Shawn Lichaa


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.


Shawn Lichaa

Shawn Lichaa is a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Daly City, the only Karaite synagogue in North America. He has spoken about Karaite Judaism at the Library of Congress and at schools and synagogues throughout the United States.