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Dr. David E. Kaufman: Winter/Spring 2022 1 - - Tuesdays

A Skirball Academy Class

Dr. David E. Kaufman

History and Memory:

Key Themes in the Jewish Experience: Part II

(Attendance in Part I is NOT a prerequisite to join this course)

The tension between the modern study of Jewish history and the popular conception of the past we call Jewish memory forms the defining divide in contemporary Jewish life, shaping the way we understand both what has been, what is and ourselves. Applying this lens to the study of Jewish history, we will explore its core issues and enduring themes, including the evolution of Judaism as a religion, the roots of Jewish cultural diversity, the origins and nature of anti-Semitism and Jewish engagement with modern culture and politics.

This semester, we will focus on five themes characteristic of the medieval and modern eras, from 1000 CE to the present.

This class is appropriate for those new to the study of Jewish history as well as those conversant with its basic narratives but eager to dig deeper into its meaning and relevance to Jews today.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5
$180, $120 Temple Emanu-El members

OFFERED IN-PERSON

 

Skirball Academy General Information

Pincus Family Course in Jewish Studies

Dr. David E. Kaufman: Winter/Spring 2022 3 - - Tuesdays

A longtime Jewish history professor, dynamic teacher and popular speaker, David Kaufman has degrees from Columbia College, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Brandeis University.  Dr. Kaufman has authored two books, Shul with a Pool (1999) and Jewhooing the Sixties (2012), the first a comprehensive history of early 20th century Jewish communal life and the second a study of American Jewish celebrity in the 1960s.  After spending a decade on the faculty of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, he currently lives in New York City where he has founded and directs a public history resource center, NEW YORK JEW: Center for New York Jewish History, Culture, and Community.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5
$180, $120 Temple Emanu-El members

The tension between the modern study of Jewish history and the popular conception of the past we call Jewish memory forms the defining divide in contemporary Jewish life, shaping the way we understand both what has been, what is and ourselves. Applying this lens to the study of Jewish history, we will explore its core issues and enduring themes, including the evolution of Judaism as a religion, the roots of Jewish cultural diversity, the origins and nature of anti-Semitism and Jewish engagement with modern culture and politics.

This semester, we will focus on five themes characteristic of the medieval and modern eras, from 1000 CE to the present.

This class is appropriate for those new to the study of Jewish history as well as those conversant with its basic narratives but eager to dig deeper into its meaning and relevance to Jews today.

OFFERED IN-PERSON

 

Skirball Academy General Information

Pincus Family Course in Jewish Studies

Dr. David E. Kaufman: Winter/Spring 2022 3 - - Tuesdays

A longtime Jewish history professor, dynamic teacher and popular speaker, David Kaufman has degrees from Columbia College, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Brandeis University.  Dr. Kaufman has authored two books, Shul with a Pool (1999) and Jewhooing the Sixties (2012), the first a comprehensive history of early 20th century Jewish communal life and the second a study of American Jewish celebrity in the 1960s.  After spending a decade on the faculty of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, he currently lives in New York City where he has founded and directs a public history resource center, NEW YORK JEW: Center for New York Jewish History, Culture, and Community.

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