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Scholarstream Series 7 & 8

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It’s time to register for the next two series of ScholarStream, adult classes online with professors & senior rabbis from the Conservative Movement, starting May 3 and May 11! Check the descriptions below for upcoming Series 7: Liturgy of Resilience, and Series 8: Israel - Models of Resilience. As a co-sponsor, the Beth Emeth community can participate at no cost. To register for free, enter our coupon code "BethEmeth21" under “Event Fees,” then click “Apply.” 


Series 7: Liturgy of Resilience

Our series on the Liturgy of Resilience will begin on Tuesday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM ET. Please register by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, May 2nd to make sure you receive the Zoom link for Session 1.


“I Shall Not Fear”: Liturgy, Emotional Honesty, and Resilience
Tuesday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM ET (5:00 PM PT)
Teacher: Rabbi Jan Uhrbach
Description: Can praying other people’s words help build and sustain resilience? Using particular familiar examples from our daily and Shabbat prayer, we’ll explore the unique ways in which a regular prayer practice grounded in traditional liturgy can help strengthen us and give us honest hope in challenging and distressing times.

Psalms of Hope, Psalms of Comfort
Tuesday, May 10th at 8:00 PM ET (5:00 PM PT)
Teacher: Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
Description: Every Jewish prayer is an expression of lived experience in the moment in which it was written. Nowhere is this more evident than in the poetry of the Book of Psalms and the occasions for which the rabbis chose their individual use. In this session, we will examine selections from those Psalms used in our regular liturgy asking what the psalmist might have been living through and what their experience and expression has to say to us about comfort, resilience, and hope.

Resilience in the Face of the Crusades
Tuesday, May 17th at 8:00 PM ET (5:00 PM PT)
Teacher: Dr. Raymond Scheindlin
Description: When the crusaders marched across the Rhine in the eleventh century and decimated the region’s ancient and prosperous Jewish communities, there was little the Jews could do to resist. Some were forcibly baptised, some were killed, some committed suicide, some fled. Reflecting on the devastation, the survivors asked themselves why their generation had been chosen for such suffering, what it meant, and perhaps why they should even remain Jews. Their turmoil is recorded in chronicles and poems that deal with the emotional and intellectual upheaval of the times. The Hebrew Crusade literature that we will study is thus a monument of Jewish resilience in the face of disaster. 

The Kabbalah of Lekhah Dodi
Tuesday, May 24th at 8:00 PM ET (5:00 PM PT)
Teacher: Rabbi Reuven Kimelman
Description: Lekhah Dodi was composed in Safed of the 1550’s by a Kabbalist (Shelomoh Alkabetz) for Kabbalists (such as Moshe Cordovero) to celebrate the kabbalistic meaning of the welcoming of the Sabbath bride. It operates on the four dimensions of kabbalistic reality simultaneously: space, time, human, and Divine. This session will show how all four axes coincide to crack the meaning of the refrain and the nine stanzas of Lekhah Dodi.


Series 8: Israel - Models of Resilience

Our series focusing on Israel - Models of Resilience will begin on Wednesday, May 11th at 1:00 PM ET. Please register by 11:00 AM ET on Tuesday, May 10th to make sure you receive the Zoom link for Session 1.

The Land of Israel in Biblical Theology
Wednesday, May 11th at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)
Teacher: David Frankel
Description: To what extent is living in the land central to the theology of the Hebrew Bible? What makes the land particularly unique? Is it imbued with a special and innate holiness? And what is the place of the non-Israelite in the land both in Israel in general and in Jerusalem in particular? Some surprising answers to these and similar questions will be uncovered and analyzed.

Hebrew Letters and Jewish Symbols as an Expression of Zionism in Israeli Art
Wednesday, May 18th at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)
Teacher: Shula Laderman
Description: The lecture will focus on the integration of the Hebrew letters and Jewish symbols in works of Israeli artists such as: Mordechai Ardon, Michael Sagan-Cohen, Moshe Gershuni, Jacques Gianno, Ruth Kestenbaum and others.

The Kotel: The Dispute over Israel’s Holiest Jewish Site, 1967-2000 (in honor of Yom Yerushalayim)
Wednesday, May 25th at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)
Teacher: Doron Bar
Description: The Western Wall occupies a prominent position in contemporary Jewish and Israeli discourse, current events, and local politics. In the lecture, Prof. Doron Bar offers a detailed exploration of the Western Wall plaza’s evolution in the late twentieth century. The lecture examines the role of archaeology in defining the site, the Western Wall’s transformation as an Israeli and Jewish symbol, and the movement to open it to a variety of Jewish denominations.

The Land of Israel and Zionism as Reflected in Israeli Music
Wednesday, June 1st at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)
Teacher: Anat Rubinstein
Description: Since the early days of Zionism, music played a critical role in shaping the image of the "new Jew" and the Land of Israel. The pioneers sought to form a new style of music in order to distinguish themselves from the Diaspora. Elements were borrowed from Arabic music, traditional Yemenite and Eastern Jewish music, all created a new musical aesthetic aimed to evoke the image of biblical times and ancient Hebrews. In the lecture, Dr. Rubinstein explores fascinating musical examples soundscape and unique sonorities related to developing image of the Land of Israel from the early 1920's to the 1980's.





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