Rabbi Klein teaches each year September- May
at the Max M. Fisher Jewish Federation Building,
6735 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills MI 48301.
For registration information and course fees
(248) 205-2557 • E-MAIL: JLearn@jccdet.org or go to www.Jccdet.org/JLearn
Wednesday Mornings and Thursday Evenings at the Jewish Federation
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020
Reading the New Testament Gospels
The three “Synoptic Gospels” of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the fourth unique Gospel of John separately tell the story of Jesus, his mission and message to the Jews. The gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke will be examined for their perspectives on Jews and Judaism, as windows into the development and evolution of the early church, and their impact on Jewish/Christian relations today.
Eight week series, Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings, beginning September 18/19, 2019
Reading Paul in the New Testament
Selected readings from Paul’s New Testament Epistles will be carefully examined to explore Paul’s theology as a blending of Hellenistic thought and Jewish history. The class will ultimately focus on an explanation and understanding of Paul’s “conversion”, and how he impacted and challenged the late 1st C community of Jesus-believers.
Eight week series, Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings, beginning January 8/9, 2020
The Parting of the Ways: Judaism and Early Christianity, 1st - 5th C
This course will answer the question of how a 1st C Jewish leader, who lived Jewish, prayed Jewish, thought Jewish, ate Jewish, spoke Jewish and died Jewish; whose disciples were only Jewish; and who preached only a Jewish message, only to Jews—could and would become the focal point of a religion that is not Judaism! Discussion will focus on writings of the early Church Fathers and Rabbinic literature into the 4th C.
Eight week series, Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings, beginning March 18/19, 2020
Rabbi Klein is Adjunct Professor at Oakland University and Rochester University 2019/2020.
Introduction to Judaism, Oakland University, Fall Semester 2019
The Book of Exodus, Rochester University, Fall Semester 2019
Introduction to Judaism, Oakland University, Winter Semester 2020
The Book of Genesis, Oakland University, Winter Semester 2020
Grosse Pointe Jewish Council
2019 Fall Sunday Series -- October 20, November 3 and 17
From Exile to the Enlightenment
By the end of the 1st C the focus of Jewish history shifts from the Land of Israel to Europe and Asia Minor. The story of different Jewish communities will ultimately lead to an emancipation of sorts in Central Europe and oppressive persecution in Eastern Europe in the Post-Enlightenment of the 19th C.
Sephardic Success in the Muslim World
Jewish life in the Muslim world from the 7th to the 14th C is often called our “Golden Age”. Despite never achieving full citizen status, Jewish culture, philosophy and religious life flourished.
Our Unique American Judaism
American Jewish history begins in 1654 with 23 men, women and children arriving in New Amsterdam. We will see how the unique aspects of American culture dramatically transformed much of traditional Judaism into what would become “American Judaism”. Our story, framed by three major waves of immigration, is unique in all of Jewish history.
Grosse Pointe Jewish Council
2020 Spring Sunday Series -- May 17, May 24, June 7
19th C Zionism: Philosophers and Politicians (1881 - 1914)
With the birth of "Political Zionism" there arose politicians and philosophers, writers and poets. Among those to be examined are Leon Pinsker, Theodor Herzl, Ahad Ha-Am, Simon Dubow, and Micha Josef Berdichevsky. We will also explore the philosophies of Social Zionism, and Marxist Zionism
Feet on the Ground: Pioneers of the First and Second Aliya (1881 – 1914)
The first and second emigration waves of chalutzim (pioneers) founded the kibbutzim movement. Why did they come? Where did they come and who authorized their land purchases? What was their relationship to the resident Palestinian Arabs and the Ottoman Empire?
Two World Wars, the UN and the Declaration of Independence (1914 – 1947)
Under the British Mandate conflict increased between Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs. We will review many of the stories that contribute to the history of pre-state Israel that still color the Israeli/Palestinian conflict today.
5781/2020 High Holidays with Grosse Pointe Jewish Council
Rosh Hashana -- September 18/19, Yom Kippur -- September 27/28
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