We are a part of a community that values a good beat. There’s a Jewish song for everything from waking up to going to sleep, eating to washing your hands, getting married to mourning a loved one. Even when we’re not singing, we usually have a tune that brings meaning and intentionality to the mundane and the momentous moments. In Expressive Judaism we will utilize music as Jewish text, exploring how music could be a guide for living a meaningful adult life, and build a community of people who seek a connection through auditory experiences. By the end of this course, you will know dozens of new tunes, exactly when you may feel inspired to sing them, and have a close circle of people who want to join you in that process. You don’t have to be a singer or even musically-inclined to participate, just open-hearted and ready to “ya-dai-dai” along.
Seminar takes place on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.
A Freshman and Sophomore Seminar
College is not only a time to meet new people, to learn the skills of a profession. It is also a time to explore some of the big questions that orient a life well lived. Who am I? What communities am I a part of? Who am I responsible for and why? What is the difference between love, lust and intimacy? What is worth committing myself to and why?
While these are universal questions, we believe they can be illuminated through the unique light of Jewish texts and traditions. In this we will explore the big questions of life as refracted through the Jewish tradition.
Seminar takes place on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM.
Toward a Post-Modern Jewish Ethic
Sexuality and intimacy are central to our identities and experiences as human beings, yet we have few opportunities to speak about them in a frank, open, and explicitly Jewish way. In this seminar, you are expected to read, broadly and generously, traditional Jewish texts on intimacy, gender, sexuality, and other related topics. Thoughtful participation on your part requires active listening, speaking up to contribute in class, and talking from your own experience while being open to the experiences of others. Co-facilitated by Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi and Koby Geller, Sex Love & Romance explores the ethics of human relationships and sexuality in the Jewish tradition.
Seminar takes place on Thursdays at 6:00 PM.