Judaism offers us great opportunities to learn about our tradition,the world and ourselves. PEP: Pursuing Educational Possibilities, is an ongoing Sunday morning learning opportunity enjoyed by BHC congregants for decades. We offer four different classes, two each semester on select Sundays, beginning Sunday, September 8, 9 am.
This fall, Rabbi Busch will teach “The History and Significance of Hebrew” at 9:30 am. Certainly not a language class, this course will explore the journey our people’s language has taken across history, focusing on key ideas, creativity and its impact on Judaism. No Hebrew required. At 10:45 am Rabbi Amy Scheinerman will teach “Jewish Theology and Thinking About God Over the Ages and Into Today.” Long, long ago, Jews conceived Adonai as a powerful, cosmic Being with authority over Israel. In time, God came to be understood as the universal creator God. Later still: omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent. But differing views were eloquently expressed from the Talmudic period onward. With time, the variety of views grew exponentially, introducing (since the middle ages) creative abstract notions and adding new terminology. Yet in every age, including ours, Jews have continued to employ traditional God-language, confounding many Jews who do not understand the writers’ theological “code.” We will explore many of these creative options for conceiving God.
Every PEP class begins with bagels and sweets at 9 am, provided by PEP members, and concludes at 11:45 am. Our spring classes will be led by Dr. Susanna Garfein and Rabbi Sachs-Kohen. The Cost (per person) is $18 per semester or $30 for both semesters. INFO & REGISTRATION: Ruth Spivak, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-666-1891, or fill out a form on BHC’s main flyer table. PEP is generously funded by the Lee Egerton Educational Fund.