February 26, 2021 - 10.30 am
April 30, 2021 - 12.00 pm
Jewish Identity in the Modern World
Fridays, 10.30am-12pm GMT on Zoom
In this course we will explore the diverse ways in which Jewish identity has been expressed in the modern world. What is the relationship between religious, ethnic, and national identity? What role have Jewish values, history, and religion played in shaping Jews’ larger identities as citizens and human beings? How have Jews defined themselves in relation to Zionism, Israel, and the Diaspora? In previous courses we have focused on communal solutions with which Jews have experimented over time in their attempts to balance preservation of Jewishness with participation in non-Jewish society, including religious reform and political movements such as socialism and Zionism. In this course, we will turn to a range of Jewish individuals—including prominent intellectuals, rabbis, and communal leaders as well as ‘ordinary’ Jews of various kinds—in an attempt to understand the diverse ways in which these issues have been navigated and negotiated by individual Jews in the modern world.
26 February Rejecting Jewishness
5 March Rootless Cosmopolitans
12 March Affirming Jewishness
19 March Jewish Women
23 April Oriental Jews
30 April Jewishness, Israeliness, and the Diaspora
Note that the classes are paused for four weeks over the Jewish holiday period
This class is already almost fully booked but occasional places sometimes become available. Please contact us to check if there are spaced remaining or if you would like to join the waiting list.
Time: Fridays 10.30am-12pm
Dates: 26 February, 5, 12, 19 March, and 23 and 30 April 2021
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
Cost: £200 for six classes.
As an educational charity we do not offer concessions as standard, but equally we do not want anyone to be excluded because of financial need. If you require financial support to enable you to attend, please contact us.