In this six-week series, we will examine each of the five books of the Torah – and the holiday of Purim – with an eye toward literary structure, broad themes, and historical context. The course will draw upon the daily reflections of contributors to 929 English, a project dedicated to creating a global Jewish conversation anchored in Tanakh and dedicated to issues that unite and divide us.
1 class: $10 for members, $12 for non-members
January 30: Shemot/Exodus | Click here to register for the January 30 class only.
Taught by Shira Hecht-Koller, Director of Education for 929 English. Shira is an educator, attorney and writer. She teaches Bible and Talmud to a wide variety of audiences, and writes and speaks on education, creative living, and family life. She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a graduate of the Bruriah Scholars Program in Advanced Talmud Studies at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
February 13: Vayikra/Leviticus | Click here to register for the February 13 class only.
Taught by Rabbi Adam Mintz, Director of 929 English. Rabbi Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox community he founded on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition, Rabbi Mintz is a member of the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College, New York for the past six years. Rabbi Mintz received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and obtained his PhD in Jewish History at New York University.
February 27: Special class on Purim and the Book of Esther | Click here to register for the February 27 class only.
Taught by Dr. Erica Brown. Erica is an associate professor at George Washington University and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She is the author of twelve books on spirituality, the Hebrew Bible, and leadership; her forthcoming commentary is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate, and Fragility in Exile (Koren/OU). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University, and Baltimore Hebrew University. She has previously worked at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, and the Jewish Center of New York.
March 12: Bamidbar/Numbers | Click here to register for the March 12 class only.
March 26: Devarim/Deuteronomy | Click here to register for the March 26 class only.
Taught by Rabbi Adam Mintz.
Looking for more information on this series? Please contact the Edlavitch DCJCC at 202-518-9400.