We are offering several opportunities for Jewish learning at the OFJCC this fall.
No background necessary; curiosity required.
Judaism: The New Basics
This course serves as an introduction to Jewish ideas for those who are new to Jewish learning. For more information and to register, click here.
Biblical Prophets and Prophecy
A 6-week crash course on the second section of the Bible, The Prophets. For more information and to register, click here.
More classes to come this winter!
All of the BINA classes are pluralistic, egalitarian and open-minded. We welcome learners of all backgrounds, and enjoy the diversity of opinions that congregate in our learning space. All perspectives are welcome, so long as they are tolerant of other perspectives. Our approach to Jewish learning is inspired by Israeli secular Jewish text study. By secular, we mean an approach, not a description of belief. The approach of "secular text study" is based on the idea that Jewish texts can be meaningful to anyone interested in Jewish tradition, no matter one's own practice or belief.
We strive to teach Jewish text without a feeling of commanded-ness, obligation or normativity. Secular Jewish text study engages with these texts with an interest in how they speak to the evolution of Jewish life, as well as with the aim to maintain these texts' relevance to today's Jewish communities.