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What Does it Mean to be Jewish Today?

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE JEWISH TODAY?

Today it seems ordinary to decide whether and how to identify as a Jew. Yet this has only been true for about 200 years. Until then, Jewishness was an all-encompassing identity -- cultural, political, civic, ethnic, and more -- rather than a religion one could choose.

How did this radical change happen so quickly? And if Judaism is now a religion, what does it mean that there are many non-religious Jews?

How do those who choose to remain or become Jewish integrate what used to be a complete identity into our modern, multifaceted lives?

Rabbi Bridget will lead us in exploring these questions in an open atmosphere that makes no assumptions about prior Jewish knowledge.

WHO: All are welcome! You don't have to be Jewish to explore the riches of Jewish tradition.

QUESTIONS: Contact Rabbi Bridget Wynne at rabbibridget@jewishgateways.org or 510-410-0622.

SERIES: This session is part of a series taught by Rabbi Bridget Wynne, A TOUR OF JEWISH HISTORY AND THOUGHT: SMALL BITES FOR BUSY PEOPLE.

Have you ever wondered... What are the origins of the Jewish people? How much of the Bible is “true”? How did Christianity arise from Judaism? How did the diaspora -- Jewish life outside the land of Israel -- develop?

Add the Jewish mystics of the Middle Ages, the beginnings of Zionism, immigration before and after the Holocaust, and American Judaism in a world of choice — it’s quite a tour!

We’ll explore turning points in Jewish history and the big Jewish ideas that developed as responses to ultimate issues of human concern in these changing contexts. The journey will deepen our understanding of Jewish tradition, and the many ways it has been and is a powerful force for meaning, community, and purpose.

WHEN: Classes meet twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 7:00-9:00pm, November-June. There is a total of 12 sessions. Come for one session, a few, or the entire series.

HOW: The fee per session is $25.

The dates for the course are below.

WHO: All are welcome. We learn together in an open environment that makes no assumptions about prior Jewish knowledge.

QUESTIONS: Contact Rabbi Bridget Wynne at rabbibridget@jewishgateways.org or 510-410-0622.

SCHEDULE:
November 29, 2016 (5th Tuesday due to Thanksgiving on the 4th Tuesday)
December 13, 2016
January 10, 2017
January 24, 2017
February 14, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 14, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017 (the 2nd Tuesday is the first day of Passover)
May 9, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 13, 2017

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