"Just Text" is our newest mini-course in the OFJCC and BINA adult learning series called "Judaism: The New Basics."
This mini-course, presented with the OFJCC Center for Social Impact, will consist of seven sessions. Participants are welcome to sign up for any individual session, or to sign up for all seven sessions in the mini-course.
Each class costs $12; the whole course costs $70.
We are living in an unexpectedly vulnerable time. The global health crisis (dayenu!) surfaced our society's pre-existing social gaps, and shone a light on our society's pre-existing systematic injustices. The need to better understand and respond to these issues is more urgent than ever. This course aims to relate the contemporary headlines to Jewish themes of social justice. We will study ancient Jewish sources in order to investigate and contextualize the Jewish vision of a more perfect society.
Participants are welcome to attend any individual class or to enroll in the entire course for a discounted rate. Register on this page for all seven classes. Registration for individual classes is available via the links below.
- Wednesday, July 8 | Introduction: What is Jewish about Social Justice? | Zoe Jick (OFJCC and Bina)
- Wednesday, July 15 | Community: Who Gets to Decide What is Justice? | Nir Braudo (Bina)
- Wednesday, July 22 | Judaism and Racial Justice | Shekhiynah Larks, Pogram Coordinator and a diversity trainer at Be’chol Lashon
- Wednesday, July 29 | Tisha B'Av: The Calendar's Focus on Destruction and Healing | Tova Birnbaum (OFJCC)
- Wednesday, August 5 | "Strangers in a Strange Land": Judaism, Refugees, Immigrants and Human Empathy | Elliot Glassenberg (Bina)
- Wednesday, August 12 | What is the Jewish Response to Hunger? | Samuel Chu from Mazon
- Wednesday, August 19 | How Can We Make An Impact? Introducing Local Social Justice Organizations | Luba Palant (OFJCC Center for Social Impact)
This course is part of "Judaism: the New Basics" learning program which was created through the partnership between the Oshman Family JCC and Bina: The Jewish Movement for Social Change in Israel. To learn more, click here.
Wednesdays, July 8–August 19
$70 for all classes | $12 per class
Scholarship support is available
Contact: Zoe Jick | (650) 223-8756 | [email protected]
In partnership with BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change
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.