JTS Events & Learning

 

Times of Crisis and Possibility: New Online Series

Starting next Monday, learn with JTS faculty and fellows in a series of weekly online sessions exploring pivotal moments in the Jewish experience. Attend one, some, or all. The list of classes is below. All meet from 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.

IMAGINING A NEW WORLD WHEN YOUR OLD ONE COLLAPSES: THE RABBINIC RESPONSE TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE
location ONLINE | APRIL 20
Dr. David Kraemer looks at what happened when the Temple was destroyed and the rabbis emerged to create a new, vibrant Judaism that required no particular center in any place. What is the system they created and how does it fill the gap left by the destruction? 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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BEYOND THE FLAG: THE RELIGIOUS DIMENSIONS OF YOM HA’ATZMA’UT
location ONLINE | APRIL 27
Rabbi Eliezer Diamond discusses how Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israel Independence Day, was also framed as a religious holiday, with ritual and religious language addressing what was fundamentally a political event. 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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LIFE UNDER SIEGE: THE TALMUD’S TAKE ON TRYIN
location ONLINE | MAY 4
Dr. Sarah Wolf explores how the values and priorities portrayed in a Talmudic story about the siege of Jerusalem sheds light on present-day questions of political leadership, unreliable news sources, physical privation, and economic disparity. 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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WHAT SHOULD AN EDUCATED JEW KNOW?
location ONLINE | MAY 11
Dr. Jack Wertheimer discusses why this question surfaced intensely during the Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment, how it was answered then, and how it continues to reverberate in our time. 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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FAKE NEWS AND THE RESURGENCE OF ANTISEMITISM
location ONLINE | MAY 18
Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz asks: How can we make sense of the resurgence of antisemitism a mere 70 years after the Holocaust? She’ll share foundational texts that gave rise to hatred of Jews and Judaism and reflect on what we can learn from them in responding to today’s manifestations. 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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THE IMMIGRATION CRISES THEN AND NOW: WHAT ARE THE 21ST CENTURY POSSIBILITIES?
location ONLINE | JUNE 1
Ruth Messinger, JTS Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow, looks at our Jewish history as immigrants and considers the status and treatment of immigrants today in the U.S. and elsewhere. She’ll discuss options for making change and consider what the Jewish position should be on these issues. 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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IS THERE A JEWISH CONTINUITY CRISIS?
location ONLINE | JUNE 8
Dr. Michal Raucher, JTS Fellow, examines the phenomenon of Jewish leaders invoking the threat of a demographic crisis to implore young Jews to procreate at higher rates. Using biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary texts, she’ll consider what it would mean to think about Jewish continuity not solely in terms of creating more Jews but also cultivating and supporting the values central to our tradition. 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET.
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New Online Mini-Courses

 

JERUSALEM AND ITS WOMEN IN RABBINIC LITERATURE
location ONLINE | TUESDAYS, MAY 5, 12 AND 19
Did women participate in worship in the Temple? What role did they play in the revolt against Rome? This live, online mini-course with Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz course explores rabbinic texts specifically about Jerusalem’s women. Noon–1 p.m. ET.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TALMUDIC ARGUMENT
location ONLINE | SIX WEDNESDAYS, BEGINNING MAY 6
Learn to understand the components of a Talmudic dispute and how they fit together in this live online course with Dr. Marcus Mordecai Schwartz. Noon–1 p.m. ET.
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