Admittedly, the Skirball Center isn’t somewhere most Jews under 40 tend to find themselves.
However, a friend who works there just emailed me about the Center’s new Social Justice Beit Midrash, which looks like it has great potential. It’s being taught by the most-awesome Rabbi Jill Jacobs and co-sponsored by the Jewish FundS for Justice, the long-time social justice and anti-poverty activists who are also the folks behind Jspot.
Here’s the scoop:
Social Justice Beit Midrash
Co-sponsored by the Jewish FundS for Justice
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Wed 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec. 6, 13
Consider some of the most pressing political and social issues of the day through a Jewish lens. In-depth study of ancient and modern Jewish sources, combined with a consideration of the current American discourse, will lead you to a better understanding of Jewish perspectives on key contemporary issues. This semester, focus on issues of immigration, employer-employee relationships, and health care. Sessions will consist of small-group study of ancient through contemporary texts, as well as full-group discussions in which we attempt to develop collective understandings of Jewish approaches to contemporary issues. All texts will be provided in both the original language and in English translation; all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome.
The full cost is $215, but we have a long-standing policy of welcoming people of all income levels into all of our classes, so you will only be asked to pay what you can afford. Online registration is now open.
Please spread the word to friend and foe.