Modern Jewish Experience Through Short Stories

February 6, 2019 Newton $325.00
(Photo: Max Pixel)
(Photo: Max Pixel)

Most of us learn the history of Jews and Judaism in the modern period from scholarly texts and original documents. This invaluable view of the big picture leaves out the lived dimension of the events.

How did Jewish individuals in widely separated and quite different communities experience the challenges and changes of modernity? How did these experiences, and the feelings they evoked, shape new Jewish hopes and projects?

This course uses Jewish short stories, beginning in the late 19th century, from England, Russia, Eastern Europe, Israel and America.

The stories give us unique insights into generational struggles, changing gender roles and the search for “authentic Judaism” outside the precincts of religion. The most recent stories highlight the fear that traditional forms of Jewish memory and identity may be disappearing entirely, and ask whether these can be replaced with a commitment to social justice or with “Israeliness.”

With Dr. Jacob Meskin.

  • Meets: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning Feb. 6
  • Full class schedule: Feb. 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 27; April 3, 10; May 1, 8 (No class Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and 24; snow/sick days are May 15 and 22)

Financial aid is available thanks to generous support from CJP; please contact for details.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
* Registration closes on February 4th at 11:55 pm
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459
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$325.00 Per adult

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