SPARK – The Lessons of Joseph
2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA
The Torah is a compelling living document whose stories have so much to teach us about living today. Perhaps no story is as dramatic, deep, and psychologically and sociologically powerful than that of Joseph, he of Technicolor Dreamcoat. Across four parshayot at the end of Genesis, the script unfurls like a Hollywood drama. A deep, three-part dive into the Joseph saga will allow us to get to questions and some tentative answers that certainly haunt our Jewish tradition and most of us, personally, as well. Who are we? What do we wrestle with internally? Can we ever leave our past behind? How do we stay resilient through dark times and see our way to the light? Who and how to marry? What is it, to be a familiar stranger? Is forgiveness possible? How do we fix broken or estranged families? How do we make a better society? Can we make a better society without past injustices ingrained into it?
Your questions will guide our discussion. We will use Torah, midrashic, and modern literary references in our discussion. Bring your own Torah or Bible if you have one, or we will provide them as well as other source text during class.
Sue Reinhold, Ph.D.
Sue Reinhold, Ph.D. was recently hired as a Managing Director of Philanthropy at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, where she has been charged with developing new models of delivery and engagement in Jewish philanthropy. Sue is a social entrepreneur who was a co-founder of The Kitchen SF, a startup synagogue nationally recognized as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in the country. Sue also co-founded and ran an independent financial advisory firm, North Berkeley Investment Partners. Sue holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Sussex, England, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. She has taught in formal and informal Jewish settings on most of the weekly Torah portions, and recently completed two years' study of Bible and Jewish history and thought as a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Sue is a member of the Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and of The Enthusiast, a startup soon launching in San Francisco that will be a maker-space for Jewish practice. Her forthcoming book, The Puzzle of Home, explores the set of questions that we all puzzle, like a Rubik's cube, of how we tell the story of who we are and where we are from.