Judaism 101

Congregation B’nai Israel
Little Rock, Arkansas
5780 (2019-20)

August 29

  • Jewish Views of God

September 5

  • Navigating the Prayer book

September 12

  • Shabbat
    • Reading: Gates of Shabbat, all

September 19

  • The High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
    • Reading: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, pp. 3-10, 27-44, 110-114, 123

September 26

  • The Pilgrimage Festivals: Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot
    • Reading:A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, pp. 45-70, 115-122, 153-156

October 17

  • Life Cycles 1: Birth and Bringing a Child into the Covenant
    • Reading: Navigating the Journey, pp. 3-16, 205-224

October 24

  • Life Cycles 3: Marriage (and Divorce)
    • Reading: Navigating the Journey, pp. 25-54, 173-198, 225-230

November 7

  • Life Cycles 2: Jewish Education, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and Confirmation – Eileen Hamilton teaching
    • Reading: Navigating the Journey, pp. 17-24, 149-154,

November 14

  • Life Cycles 4: Conversion to Judaism
    • Reading: Navigating the Journey, pp. 199-204
      • A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, pp. 157-161

November 21

  • Life Cycles 5: Death and Mourning
    • Reading: Navigating the Journey, pp. 55-84, 231-254

December 5

  • Life After Death

December 12

  • Chanukah and Purim – Ellyn Polsky teaching
    • Reading: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, pp. 71-80, 107-110

December 19

  • Judaism and Christianity: Similarities and Differences

January 16

  • Comparative Judaism: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and more
    • Reading: Navigating the Journey, pp. 85-148, 155-172

January 23

  • Jewish History 1: The Tanach and its Time
    • Reading: A Short History of the Jewish People, pp. 1-50
      • A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, p. 86

January 30

  • Jewish History 2: The Rabbinic Period and Oral Torah
    • Reading: A Short History of the Jewish People, pp. 51-70

February 6

  • Jewish History 3: Medieval Jewish History
    • Reading: A Short History of the Jewish People, pp. 71-122

February 13

  • Jewish History 4: The Dawn of Modernity
    • Reading: A Short History of the Jewish People, pp. 123-198

February 20

  • Jewish History 5: Holocaust – Guest Lecturer, Prof. Dorian Stuber, Ph.D.
    • Reading: A Short History of the Jewish People, pp. 199-216
      • A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, p. 83

February 27

  • Jewish History 7: The History of Israel I
    • Reading: A Short History of the Jewish People, pp. 217-260

March 5

  • Jewish History 8: The History of Israel II
    • Reading: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, pp. 84-85

Bibliography

Knobel, Peter S., Editor. A Guide to the Jewish Seasons. New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2013.

Knobel, Peter S., Editor. Navigating the Journey. New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2017.

Scheindlin, Raymond P. A Short History of the Jewish People. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Shapiro, Mark Dov, Editor. Gates of Shabbat, Newly Revised and Updated. New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2016.