Tags: Communities, English

A Jewish Robin Hood? Tzedakah versus Charity

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek raised some serious objections to the role of charity in modern society. An attempt will be made to answer Žižek armed with the Jewish concept of charity.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 12:00
Tags: Religion, Communities, Text study

Love Your Fellow as Yourself

Any human being that lives according to moral principles adopts this idea as part of his or her values. We will carefully study some classic texts that shed light on this basic principle in our tradition in order to see how it has been understood and implemented.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 17:30
Tags: Israel, Communities, Religion

Anat Yuta Zuria: Black bus

Zuria taps two former Haredi women to share their thoughts on the segregated buses, as well as other humiliations: Blogger Sara Einfeld and photographer/law student Shulamit Weinfeld were recently banned for refusing to conform to ultra-Orthodox dictates. Einfeld’s columns highlight her wrenching experiences and those of acquaintances, while Weinfeld photographs like an anthropologist, documenting the body language and community dress. Both miss their extended families (who are no longer allowed to speak to them) but feel as though they can now discover themselves.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 20:00
Tags: Communities, Religion

Jewish Particularism vs. Universalism: Is it moral for a Jew to do a favor for another Jew because he is a Jew?

Come participate in a fascinating audience debate. What criteria do you use to help people and is it ethical? Do you give charity to Churches or to Synagogues? To Jews or to Gentiles? What if the gentile is in a worse situation than the Jew? Do you help your neighbor who is starving instead of the starving child in Africa? Why?

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 21:30
Tags: Communities

We’ve got Jewish hearts: now let’s get Jewish heads

While a lot of Jews often ’feel’ Jewish – we are concerned when Jews are in trouble, we feel proud when a Jew achieves something, we feel sentimental towards various Jewish festivals, buildings, bits of history – we are intellectually trained to think non-Jewishly. For example, hardly any of us think in Jewish time, or consider contemporary issues utilising Jewish criteria. We’ll examine this phenomenon and consider whether it’s a problem. And if so, can we do anything about it?

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 10:30
Tags: Limmud, Communities

A global phenomenon on your own doorstep – why Jews all over the world are getting involved with Limmud?

Hear from one of the founders of Limmud about its astonishing worldwide spread and what makes Limmud so very remarkable. Hear the history, dream the future. Limmud must be one of the few things that Shimon Peres, the Times of London and the Russian Chief Rabbi agree on. Come and find out why in this inspirational session.

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 12:00
Tags: Religion, Communities, Text study

Wilderness: The Symbolism of Matan Torah – interactive text study

Why was the Torah given in the wilderness? What does the image of the desert symbolize? How else could it have been? In this session we will be looking at rabbinic texts, old and modern, as well as our own personal responses, to try to find an answer to these questions.

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 12:00
Tags: Communities

Building Jewish communities from the margins: new scenarios and dilemmas

The goal is to generate a debate about principles and concepts which are essential to build Jewish communities and to contrast them with reality. We will explore and discuss how communites could translate some core elements of Judaism when developing and engaging people.

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 14:30
Tags: Communities, Religion, Health

Organ Donation and Halacha: Do they contradict each other?

“Jews need to buried whole! Jews need to be buried with their organ in order to be resurrected from the dead! Jews are not allowed to get an autopsy!” You hear many things but are any of them true? Come learn what halacha (Jewish law) really has to say about organ donation and find out about the latest legislation in Israel about organ donation. You need to educate yourself now so if you are every asked to donate organs you can make an educated decision.

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 17:30
Tags: Other Others, Communities

Causes for Anti-Semitism: Many theories abound but do any hold water?

“Jews were money lenders! Jews killed Christ! Jews consider themselves the chosen people!” They all sound convincing at first blush but do they survive reflection. We shall see that no explanation makes sense and we will try to explore the true reason for anti-semitism.

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 09:00