In this four-week series, we will study and discuss select Jewish ethics and writings as they pertain to the contemporary and complex issues we face as a nation today. Topics will include immigration, gun control and the right to bear arms, the opioid crisis, and abortion. No previous knowledge necessary. Open to individuals of all backgrounds and affiliations.
Taught by Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue.
4-class series: $35 for members, $40 for non-members | Click here to register for the December 5 class OR for the entire four-class series.
1 class: $10 for members, $12 for non-members
December 5: Immigration | Click here to register for this class OR for the entire four-class series.
How does Judaism view immigration in light of the seemingly competing values of loving your neighbor and having secure borders.
January 9: Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms | Click here to register for this class only.
How do the age old Jewish values of holiness of life and the mitzvah of self-defense, war and peace, and strength and humility relate to the modern issue of the right to bear arms?
February 6: The Opioid Crisis | Click here to register for this class only.
Do we have the right to do with our bodies what we wish? We will look at Jewish ideas of health, misleading advertising, and medical ethics in light of the current crisis of opioid addiction.
March 12: Reproductive Rights | Click here to register for this class only.
We will take a close look at what the Talmud says about abortion and fetal status to help answer questions, in a Jewish context, such as when does life begin? Does a fetus have a status in Jewish law and thought? Should government have jurisdiction over our person?
Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, DC. Previously, Rabbi Shafner served as senior Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has Rabbinical Ordination, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University. He holds a certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), a founding writer of Morethodoxy, and a periodic contributor to The Journal of Jewish Ideas and Ideals.
Questions about this series? Please contact Elie Greenberg, Director of Jewish Life and Living, at firstname.lastname@example.org.