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Jewish History

From the Golden Age of Spain to the founding of the State of Israel

Fall 2023
Wednesday Afternoon
Moderator: Gerald Goldman



The purpose of this seminar is to learn about the extraordinary people and events
which shaped the last ten centuries of Jewish life.


There have been many productive centuries in the journey of the Jewish People but none have been as creative and surprising as the ten centuries between the Golden Age in Spain and the birth of the State of Israel. This seminar will tell the story of the languages, crafts, music and poetry, mysticism and rationalism, statesmen and movements, institutions and parties that Jews have created in their thousand years travel. Among the topics that participants will be offered are the stories, music, and dance of the Hasidim, Jewish secular nationalism and the Zionist enterprise, life under czars and commissars, and anti-Semitism, and the development of the Reform and Conservative movements in America. No expertise in these subjects is required. The moderator will suggest a book which will provide the background to each of these topics.

ROLE OF PARTICIPANTS: Participants will choose the topic they wish to report on from a list provided by the moderator.

The one required book is “Turning Points in Jewish History.” Author Marc J. Rosenstein, University of Nebraska Press, 2018.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR: The moderator is a retired rabbi who has taught this material over many years.