"Judaism: The New Basics" will provide a textual exploration of some of the basic concepts that form the Jewish worldview. This course serves as an introduction to Jewish ideas for those who are new to Jewish learning. For those of you already experienced with Jewish learning, the course's focus on text should provide a deeper investigation into some of these familiar ideas. No background necessary; curiosity required.
Part One will focus on the question of "who?" Who is Judaism talking about when it talks about people? What makes us human, what makes the Jews "Jewish" and what makes the Jews a "people?" What can Judaism teach us about our own humanity and the best way to engage the humanity of the other?
The course is facilitated by Zoe Jick, Associate Director of Jewish Content, OFJCC; Head of BINA Palo Alto
Participants are welcome to attend any individual class or to enroll in the entire course. Register for the course on this page; click below to register for individual classes.
February 6: The Human
February 13: The Jew
20: The Jewish People
February 27: The Jews and Others
Part Two of "Judaism: The New Basics" will focus on 'The Books' and will be held Wednesdays, March 6–April 3. Click here for details.
In Part Three, the spotlight will be on 'The Life.' The class will be held Wednesdays, May 8–29. Click here for details.
Wednesdays, February 6–27
Goldman Teen Center, Room M-121
$50 for all classes | $18 per class General Public | $15 per class Members and J-Pass holders
Scholarship support is available
Contact: Zoe Jick | (650) 223-8756 | [email protected]
BINA combines Jewish learning, social action and community building, through cultural, social and educational programs that reach over 50,000 Israelis and Jews from all over the world every year. BINA strives to strengthen Israel as a democratic pluralistic society, to reinvigorate Jewish culture, and to express the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam ("repair of the world"). BINA emphasizes Jewish learning that leads to social action.
In partnership with BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change