Learning Institute Fall 2022 | 5782/3

We are looking forward to another great year of study as the Learning Institute kicks off on Tuesday, September 6. The cost is $75/member and $85/non-member this semester. We appreciate your continued support!

Tuesday mornings, September 6-December 13 (no class September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, November 22)
Session 1 from 10:00–11:00 am
Session 2 from 11:15 am–12:15 pm
Class will be held in the Milstein Sanctuary (In Person and via a designated Livestream). The designated Livestream link will be sent to all registrants before the first class.

SESSION 1: 10:00–11:00 am
Isaac Bashevis Singer and JD Salinger Parallels and Paradoxes 
This course will examine the short stories of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, who wrote in Yiddish never deviating from themes of Jewish experience, and those of Jerome David Salinger, a quintessentially American writer whose Jewishness subtly impacted his fiction. Discussions will focus on the transition from the Eastern European and immigrant ambience of Singer’s work to the urban and suburban experience of a new generation of Jewish Americans. The text will be The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. The in depth presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion and question and answer exchange.
Instructor: Gloria Goldreich, critic, novelist and lecturer

SESSION 2: 11:15–12:15 am
Beyond Dispute: Debates that Shape Jewish Life
Is Jewish tradition intrinsically patriarchal? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? How do we teach about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Debates – philosophical, spiritual, ethical, cultural – have always been at the heart of Judaism. In this course, developed by the Jewish Theological Seminary and including video lectures from its faculty and fellows, we will explore some of Judaism’s biggest questions and seek to provide our own answers.
Instructor: Rabbi Annie Tucker, Senior Rabbi Temple Israel Center