The World According to Heschel

With Rabbi Bauer
Noon – 1:00 pm
October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4
Location: Conference Room, Mechanic’s Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the great Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Over six Thursdays, we will take a pause out of our busy lives to swim in his mystical imagination - using his essays as our guide. No prior knowledge of the text is necessary.. You can expect to leave each class with a new way of viewing the world.

Emanu-El Member Cost: $18, Cost: $25

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The New Jewish Story: A Brief Look at Contemporary Jewish Fiction

With Rabbi Fenves
Noon – 1:00 pm
January 15, 22, 29; Febuary 5, 12, 19
Location: Conference Room, Mechanic’s Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104


There has been a recent explosion of edgy new writers like Shalom Auslander, Nicole Krauss, Nathan Englander and others who are challenging notions of American Jewish fiction. Join us as wewe explore this new generation of writers and discover how their short story fiction relates to bigger themes in the Jewish world and our lives today.

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Kabbalah: Jewish Mystical Imagination 

With Rabbi Kushner
Noon – 1:00 pm
March 19; April 2, 16, 30; May 14
Location: Conference Room, Mechanic’s Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

What is Kabbalah? Is it relevant to my Judaism? Why is it dangerous? How is Jewish mysticism unique? Am I a Kabbalist?  

Texts:

1. The Way into Jewish Mystical Tradition, Lawrence Kushner, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.

2. Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction, Joseph Dan, Oxford University Press, 2006.

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