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Sage: Seeking Jewish Wisdom

Past Sessions
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10 Iyar 5779 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Monday, April 15, 2019 10 Nisan 5779 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Monday, February 25, 2019 20 Adar I 5779 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 24 Sh'vat 5779 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Monday, November 26, 2018 18 Kislev 5779 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Temple Beth El
Monday, October 22, 2018 13 Cheshvan 5779 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Temple Beth El

Join us for the 2018-2019  SAGE: Seeking Jewish Wisdom program as we explore Jewish Identity.  Lively and compelling chevruta discussions and thought-provoking clergy presentations will take place at Temple Beth El on the fourth Monday of the month. (Please note that the January and May 2019 sessions will take place on Wednesdays.)
The format of Chevruta (study groups) is friendly and informal. Every session will begin with a big group discussion. Then, participants will break up into chevruta before re-assembling as a big group to share ideas and perspectives on the theme. You will not be asked to share private aspects of your life, only instances that are appropriate for public conversation. An email with introductory information will be sent to you one week prior to each class session in order to prepare you for the upcoming session.  An additional packet of material will be provided each and every month upon your arrival.

Jewish identity is complex. For centuries, Jewish identity has largely been shaped by the experience of being a minority struggling to protect our heritage from assimilation. But traditional Jewish practices such as attending synagogue, fasting on Yom Kippur, and affiliating with Jewish institutions or identifying with Israel do not necessarily speak to today’s Jews. We are part of a pluralist society in which individual choice affects our sense of ethnic and religious identity. Can one be Jewish without observing Jewishly? Do we have a common Jewish language and culture? Do we share a common Jewish history? Will we share a common destiny? This year’s Senior Sage will explore the ideas of Jewish identity that have shaped our people and we will consider how our ideas of Jewish identity will affect our people’s future.

Monday, October 22 - Biology or Covenant - Are we a people because of a shared biology or a shared covenant?
Monday, November 26 - The Stories We Tell Ourselves - What are the narratives that shape our identity?
Wednesday, January 30  - Jewish Time - The seasons and cycles of our lives
Monday, February 25 - Ritual and Religion - What is a “Religious Jew”?
Monday, March 25 -  American Jew or Jewish American - What is an American Jew? This session has been cancelled. 
Monday, April 15 - Israeli Jewish Identity - Understanding Israelis through Literature Rabbi Klass to present today.
Wednesday, May 15 - The “Chosen People” - The Struggle Between Exceptionalism and Otherness Date changed to May 15. 
Registration opens on August 13 and closes at midnight on October10, 2018. Be sure to login to ShulCloud!
For more information, please contact, Sue Hummel.

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