Taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
6 sessions, Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm
November 3, 10, 17; December 8, 15, 22
In this introduction to Jewish history we will cover the following topics: (1) Ancient Jewish history – From the Bible to Babylon. (2) The Hellenistic period and the Hasmonean Kingdom. (3) The Roman rule of Israel (The Great revolt and the Bar Kochba revolt). (4) Middle Ages I: The Jews of Babylonia, Byzantine, The Golden Age (5) Middle Ages II: Blood libels, The Crusades, and expulsions. (6) The Mamluk period: Jews of Spain North Africa and the Middle East.
Text book: We will be using Raymond Scheindlin’s A Short History of the Jewish People as a text book, as well as other sources Rabbi Eliana will provide.
If we have sufficient interest a second semester will include the following topics: Messianic movements in Judaism, Hassidism, Jewish enlightenment, Emancipation, Zionism, The Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel.
Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz is Rabbi and Education Director at Temple B’nai Brith. She received Rabbinic ordination at the Rabbinic School at Hebrew College in Newton, where she also earned an MA in Judaic Studies. Born and raised in Israel, Rabbi Eliana studied fashion design and attended law school at Tel Aviv University. In the US, she earned a BA in history from Colorado University and an MA in medieval history from Boston University. She edited the Hebrew translation of These Are the Words by Arthur Green (Yediot Acharonot Press, 2008).
Event Location: Temple Bnai Brith
201 Central St, Somerville, Massachusetts, 02145
Until Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm