Special Class with DePaul Professor Dr. Frida Furman
Sunday, April 17 at 11:30 am (in JRC's small sanctuary)
Join the JRC community for a special program in the small sanctuary. Dr. Frida Kerner Furman will be speaking on approaches to apologies and forgiveness with lessons from Jewish philosophy and contemporary politics.
Dr. Furman is no stranger to JRC. She has spoken here a number of times and served as consultant to our ongoing dialogues on Israel/Palestine. She is a founding member of the Society of Jewish Ethics.
She is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University and also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program. She has served as Department Chair and as the Founding Director of the university’s Center for Interreligious Engagement. Her current academic interests include social and feminist ethics, religious/cultural identity and diversity, peace-building, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Background on the Torah of Reconciliation class
Join Rabbi Rossoff for this new class, based on Torah of Reconciliation by Rabbi Sheldon Lewis. Rabbi Lewis' book presents a framework of Jewish approaches to peace, reconciliation, empathy, forgiveness, and passionate, compassionate dialogue, and applies these and related principles to each of the weekly Torah portions. Once or twice a month, we will explore issues of reconciliation, empathy, mutual understanding, and dialogue through the lens of Torah. This class will be a "safe zone," an environment in which we can have "passionate and compassionate conversations" about what we read in Torah and how it might relate to our own experiences and hopes. Come every time, just drop in sometimes, or even come by once to check it out.
Ongoing participants are asked to obtain the book and, before the first meeting, to read the introduction, "Peacemaking in the Jewish Tradition." Each week will be self-contained as we explore a different part of the Torah and what it might teach us about our inner lives and our relationships with others. Torah of Reconciliation can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your bookseller of choice.
Registration is not necessary, but Rabbi Rossoff asks that you please contact him at [email protected] if you are interested in participating. This program is open to current, former and prospective members.
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