Dr. David E. Kaufman: History and Memory: Key Themes in the Jewish Experience: Part I 1 - - Tuesdays

A Skirball Academy Class

Dr. David E. Kaufman

History and Memory:

Key Themes in the Jewish Experience: Part I

 

The tension between Jewish history (the modern study of history) and Jewish memory (the popular conception of the past) is the defining divide of contemporary Jewish life, shaping the way we understand both our past and ourselves. Applying this lens to the study of Jewish history, we will explore its core issues and enduring themes such as the evolution of Judaism as a religion, the roots of Jewish cultural diversity, the origins and nature of antisemitism, and the Jewish engagement with modern culture and politics.

The first part of this introductory overview of the Jewish historical experience will emphasize five key themes emergent during the ancient period (c. 1000 BCE-1000 CE); and part two, offered in the spring, will focus on five themes characteristic of the medieval and modern eras (1000 CE to the present).

The class is appropriate both for those new to the study of Jewish history and for those conversant with its basic narratives but anxious to dig deeper into its meaning and relevance to Jews today.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
$180, $120 Temple Emanu-El members
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7 

OFFERED IN-PERSON

 

Skirball Academy General Information

Pincus Family Course in Jewish Studies

Dr. David E. Kaufman: History and Memory: Key Themes in the Jewish Experience: Part I 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
$180, $120 Temple Emanu-El members
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7 

The tension between Jewish history (the modern study of history) and Jewish memory (the popular conception of the past) is the defining divide of contemporary Jewish life, shaping the way we understand both our past and ourselves. Applying this lens to the study of Jewish history, we will explore its core issues and enduring themes such as the evolution of Judaism as a religion, the roots of Jewish cultural diversity, the origins and nature of antisemitism, and the Jewish engagement with modern culture and politics.

The first part of this introductory overview of the Jewish historical experience will emphasize five key themes emergent during the ancient period (c. 1000 BCE-1000 CE); and part two, offered in the spring, will focus on five themes characteristic of the medieval and modern eras (1000 CE to the present).

The class is appropriate both for those new to the study of Jewish history and for those conversant with its basic narratives but anxious 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: History and Memory: Key Themes in the Jewish Experience: Part I 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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