Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Site 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomEmail: rachel.whittom@jcceastbay.org

Fees: $230 before Sept 25 / $250 after Sept 25
Sign up for any two full-year Text Circles (Bible, Talmud, Zohar, Heschel) for $300 by Sept 25.

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"When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying" - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. 80 years young Abraham Joshua Heschel was appointed by Martin Buber to be the co-director of the Central Organization for Adult Jewish Education and Judishces Lehrhaus. Today, we carry on that legacy.
In honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel's contributions tot he Jewish learning and the social justice imperative that defines him, Lehrhaus is excited to offer a three-part course exploring this fundamental aspect of Heschel's life and Judaism. Part one will cover "Foundations." Part two is "Heschel as Religious Activist." And part-three, "Moral Outrage, War, and Economics."
The texts we'll focus on are Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings (Orbis. 2011) and Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997). We will also read supplementary texts from other writers including Maimonides, Shai Held, Edward K. Kaplan, and Susannah Heschel.

Instructor Bio: Yosef Rosen is a historian and a teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensiona of Jewish creative genres Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley.