Rabbi Klein will be leading an Interfaith Israel Trip co-sponsored by
the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council and
Grosse Pointe Congregational Church (Pastor Richard Yeager-Stiver)
August 5-20, 2018.
Complete details will be available September 2017.
For more information contact Rabbi Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rabbi Klein teaches each year October - 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: email@example.com or go to www.jewishdetroit.org/feded
Wednesday Mornings at the Jewish Federation Reading Genesis Again For The First Time
The Book of Genesis is all too often read and taught as ‘Bible Stories for Children,’ when in fact the narratives present very sophisticated themes, and are carefully crafted literature. This twelve-week class will be a close reading and discussion of the major Genesis narratives. Presentations will include readings from both Jewish and Christian scholars. Students should bring a Bible translation of their choice.
The Book of Exodus
This eight-week course will take a close and careful reading of the better-known Exodus narratives, looking for messages and meaning beneath the surface, with presented commentaries from both Rabbinic and Christian sources. The class will incorporate a discussion of the Documentary Hypothesis as a means of better understanding the purpose and intention of this foundation text of Torah. Students should bring a Bible translation of their choice.
The Five Scrolls
Rabbinic tradition assigned five books (scrolls) from the Writings section of Hebrew Scripture as festival readings: Song of Songs (Pesach), Ruth (Shavuot), Ecclesiastes (Sukkot), Esther (Purim) and Lamentations (Tisha B’Av). Three of these books were controversial additions to the canon of Hebrew Scriptures, and all deserve careful study of their content and meaning. A variety of scholarship perspectives will be discussed in this five-week course, from medieval to modern rabbinic and recent Christian commentaries. Students should bring a Bible translation of their choice.
Wednesday Evenings at the Jewish Federation
A Jewish Understanding of the Gospels
This twelve week course will examine the three “Synoptic Gospels” of Matthew, Mark and Luke which separately tell the story of Jesus, his mission and message to the Jews. The gospels will be examined for their perspectives on Jews and Judaism and as windows into the development and evolution of the early church, and their impact on Jewish/Christian relations today Students should bring a copy of the New Testament.
A Jewish Understanding of the Writings of Paul
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. This eight-week course 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. Students should bring a copy of the New Testament.
A Jewish Understanding of the Parting of the Ways
This eight-week course will explore Jewish/Christian relations from the 2nd – 4th C through readings from both the Early Church Fathers and Rabbinic literature—all in answer to the question of how a 1st C Jewish leader, who lived, prayed, thought, ate, spoke 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! Spring 2018
Monday Evenings at the Jewish Federation
Observance: Festivals, Life-Cycle, Rites, Rituals and Daily Life
This eight-week course begins with an examination of the Jewish calendar and festivals, both major and minor: their history, development and expression in the modern Jewish world. Secondly, we will explore the celebrations and commemorations that make up the Jewish life-cycle from birth to death. Finally, the class will examine personal observances of the dietary laws, prayer shawl and fringes, mezuzah and other commandments and customs.
The Invention of Judaism: Babylon to Judea to Diaspora
The Israelite Religion of our Bible is not the Judaism we live today. The invention of Judaism begins with the 6th C BCE Babylonian destruction of Judea, develops in the Second Temple period, but only matures in the Diaspora. This eight-week course will focus on the invention and expansion of Judaism from the 6th C BCE to and beyond the 6th C CE.
Rabbi Klein will be Adjunct Professor at Oakland University and Rochester College 2017 / 2018.
Introduction to Judaism, Oakland University, Fall Semester, 2017
The Book of Genesis, Oakland University/Macomb Campus, Fall Semester 2017
The Book of Genesis, Rochester College, Fall Semester 2017
The Book of Genesis, Oakland University, Winter Semester 2018
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High Holiday Services, Grosse Pointe Jewish Council
September 20-21 and 29-30, 2017
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Greenfield Presbyterian Church
March 13, 2018
Jesus' Jerusalem: A Guided Tour