Melton & More
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM (EST) October 14th - January 6th
This course will explore what it has meant to be "Jewish" in different times and places, and what it means in our own time.
Course Description :
Overview: What does being a Jew mean to you? This course will explore diverse understandings of what it has meant to be "Jewish" from ancient times to the present day, in a variety of religious; ethno-national; cultural; culinary; heredity and political contexts. Readings will include the TaNaKh, rabbinic literature, social history and Jewish thought as well as the 2020 Pew Portrait of Jewish Americans.
Week 1: What Does it Mean to be Jewish? Hebrews, Israelites, Yehudim, Jews
Week 2: Markers and Measures of Jewish Identification
Week 3: How Judaism Became a “Religion”
Week 4: Culture and Community: Food for Thought
Week 5: Antisemitisms and Jewish Identity
Week 6: Jewish DNA: Diving into the Gene Pool, Climbing the Family Tree
Week 7: Jewish Nation-alisms and Israel
Week 8: Conversion and Intermarriage: Double or Nothing?
Week 9: Jews and Politics: Is There a “Jewish Vote”?
Week 10: The Future of Being Jewish: What should “Jewish Education” be Teaching?
Dates: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6