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Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15-3:00. The office is closed on Tuesdays (Wednesdays in January and February).
Rabbi Don Cashman, the officers, trustees, and members of B'nai Sholom
Popular Adult Education teacher Steven Stark-Riemer returns with a Tuesday morning class starting January 7. "Siblings: Second Temple Judaism and the Development of Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism" begins with the destruction of the First Temple, and explores the reestablishment of authority, the building of the Second Temple, the coming of Hellenism, and the beginnings of sectarian Judaism.
Ever wondered about the distinctions among Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, the Dead Sea Scrolls sect, and the Zealots? The roles of these groups will be explained, and then the course will focus on the two sects that survived the defeat by the Romans and the destruction of the Temple: Early Christianity and its (somewhat younger) sibling, Rabbinic Judaism. The class will explore the roots of both, their responses to the First and Second Revolts against Rome, their early development, and their "Parting of the Ways."
The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from January 7 through March 25. Cost for BSRC members is $48. Non-member cost is $72. (Those who have attended Stark-Riemer's morning classes report that fresh hard rolls greet participants!)
It's not too soon to start reading "Nemesis," by Philip Roth, in preparation for a discussion of the book in B'nai Sholom's Synagogue Scholar series on Friday, January 24.
Professor of English at the University of Albany, Martha Rozett has chosen this powerful short novel, set during a polio epidemic in the 1940s in Roth's hometown of Newark, N.J., to present as part of the evening's Shabbat service. The characters in "Nemesis" are all Jewish, and the novel explores themes of fear, guilt and loss of faith in ways that should prompt a good discussion. Roth has been described as the preeminent Jewish writer of our time.
Dr. Rozett has an affiliate appointment in Judaic Studies at UAlbany. A scholar who has written and taught extensively about William Shakespeare, she also teaches contemporary historical fiction, including fiction on the history of the Jews. Her most recent book is a family memoir, "When People Wrote Letters."
All are welcome at this event.
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