Calendar

The Foundation for Jewish Studies Programs

Holiday Weekend Study Retreats

The Distinguished Scholar Series

Lunch & Learn Bible Study Groups

Community Heritage Lectures

Bible Study Center

Weekend Study Retreats

Memorial Day Study Retreat: May 24-25, 2009
Prof. Charles Butterworth, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Labor Day Study Retreat: September 6-7, 2009
Prof. Raphael Jospe, Philosophy Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Distinguished Scholar Series

Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Challenge of Translating the Bible

Prof. Robert Alter, Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Lunch & Learn Study Groups

For further course information click here.

New Washington DC Lunch & Learn

Washington DC JCC
1529 16th Street, NW
202-518-9400

January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2009
The Politics of Sexuality in the Bible
Rabbi Toby Manewith

March 3, 17, 24, 31, 2009 - CANCELLED
From Whence My Help? : Classical and Modern Meaning in Psalms

Sharon Freundel

May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2009
Lessons of a Lifetime: Exploring Jewish Ethical Wills

Rabbi Jonathan Perlman


Downtown Lunch & Learn

The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street, NW.
(Chinatown metro stop on the Red Line)

January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2009
Genesis: Traditional & Modern Midrash

Rabbi Harold White

February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2009 - CANCELLED
The Rule of Law in the Books of Esther & Ruth

Nathan Lewin

March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2009
Complex Figures in the Book of Judges

Rabbi Jack Bieler

April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2009
Too Dangerous for Publication:  Censoring the Bible

Norman Shore

May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 2009
Kabbalistic Origins of Traditional Shabbat & Festival Customs

Rabbi Morris Faierstein


Rockville Lunch & Learn

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD
301-881-0100

January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2009 - CANCELLED
How Torah Speaks to the Generations: Traditional and Modern Midrash

Rabbi William Rudolph

February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009
What Happened to Joseph’s Bones and Other Stories from Egypt

Rabbi Michael Safra

March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009
The Original Top Ten Before David Letterman: Why the Ten Commandments Captured the Imagination of the World

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt

April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2009
From Golem to Genome: Jewish Ethics and Artificial Life

Rabbi Jack Luxemburg

May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 2009
Elisha Ben Abuya: The Heretic and His Torah

Rabbi Lyle Fishman


Northern Virginia Lunch & Learn

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (library)
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA
703-323-0880

Jan. 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3, 2009(snow date Feb. 10)
Forgiveness:  Traditional and Contemporary Texts About Forgiving Ourselves and Others

Rabbi Rosalind Gold

Feb. 17, 24 and March 3, 2009
The Last Lecture of Randy Pauch

Rabbi Bruce Aft

March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2009 - CANCELLED
Finding Relevant Lessons for Modern Living in Leviticus

Rabbi Marvin Bash

SPECIAL SUNDAY SERIES
March 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm
March 29 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm

One G-d and the Commandment to Love Him: Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Gideon Amir

April 7 and 14 No Classes

April 28 and May 5, 12, 2009
The Origins of the Jewish People Part III: Settlement in the Land of Israel

Paul Forbes

May 19, 26 and June 2, 2009
“Faith” and “Belief” in Judaism

Rabbi Brett Isserow

June 9, 23, 30, 2009 (skip June 16)
Traditional Biblical Stories: Fact or Fiction?

Paul Forbes

Community Heritage Lectures

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street, NW
Washington, DC
(Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop on Red Line)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Revisiting Memory:  Facts and Myths about the Jews in Poland and Russia
Dr. Antony Polonsky

Bible Study Center

The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum
10001 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD
301-0897-1518

September 14 – November 23, 2008
Excluding October 12            
Re-Reading the Book of Genesis
Session 1: Creation to Noah
Gideon Amir

December 7 – March 1, 2009
Excluding December 21, 28 and January 18
Re-Reading the Book of Genesis
Session 2: Noah to Abraham
Gideon Amir

March 8 – May 10, 2009
Excluding April 5 and April 12
Note: May 10 will be a double class beginning at 9am
Re-Reading the Book of Genesis
Session 3: Abraham to Joseph
Gideon Amir