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

With Rabbi Fenves
Noon – 1:00 pm, Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 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 we 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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