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Reed College

Reed College
3355 SE Steele St, Portland, OR 97202 USA
Office: 503-752-2258
Email: RabbiDov@JewishReed.com
Web: www.JewishReed.com

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Current Courses

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

A Jewish Educational Experience
Do you enjoy fun and lively conversations?

Do you want to challenge the status quo?

Do you have questions about Judaism that are important to discuss?

Do you want to discover how Judaism is relevant and forward-thinking?

Do you want to join a warm community?

Then join the club! Sinai Scholars is for you! This learning experience is different from any class you have ever attended!

Sinai Scholars is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat.

Sinai Scholars is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and Jewish identity, along with a deeper understanding about how these interface with modern life.

Session One
A Question of Identity: Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World

You meet a Jewish person who says, “You know, I don’t know why people consider me Jewish. I do not support Israel; I do not ever visit a synagogue; and I do not celebrate any Jewish holidays.” How would you respond?

What does it mean to be a Jew? Is Judaism a religion, culture, nationality, or some combination thereof?

Since the dawn of time, individuals and groups sought to define and explain their identities, and Jews throughout the ages questioned the meaning of their Jewish identity. Today, the shifting sands of Jewish life require that this conversation persist but with newer insights and profounder definitions.

Session Two
A People with a Purpose: Exploring Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos

If you were G-d and you were going to address a once-for-all-time message to all of humanity, what would you say?

What messages does humankind need to hear today?

Mark Twain noted that while many nations filled the planet with sound and splendor, all of them soon faded and vanished. But the Jews are different, he noted. “All things are mortal,” he wrote, “but the Jew.” For Jews, survival is not celebrated for survival’s sake; survival is seen as a call to a purpose. A dialogue about the nature of this purpose is one crucial step in making this world a better place.

Session Three
Reason and Ritual: On the Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances

In medieval times, a despotic ruler once agreed to release a Jew from jail for one day each year to practice religion. The Jew was now in a quandary. Should that day be Yom Kippur? Passover? Rosh Hashanah? Some other day? How to choose?

What would you choose?

This leads into a broader discussion about Jewish rituals, which often seem foreign and archaic. In what ways can we find meaning and value in some of these observances?

Session Four
An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat

Life is continuous and unrelenting. Might there be some benefit in a creative pause?

Enter the Jewish Sabbath. It is difficult to imagine a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. What meaning did Jews find in their Sabbath that allowed them to shrug off their cultural isolation?

Examining this question is relevant to those who are troubled that today’s society is insufficiently happy and inadequately connected in meaningful ways.

 

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Course dates to be determined.


Upon acceptance of this program, all students are required to attend 8 mandatory learning sessions, in addition to a field-trip, Shabbaton, and Chesed project/community service.
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Past Courses

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
About the Course

Course Overview

The Ten Commandments are one of the most well-known passages of the Bible, and are significant to non-Jewish people as well. During the eight weeks of the course, three primary questions will be explored:

1. What, if anything, is Jewish about the Ten Commandments? Aren’t these ethical principles that have been adopted by most religious communities? Does Judaism understand them in a particular way, or is the foundation of the Jewish religion universalistic in its orientation?

2. Why these ten? There are many possible ways to articulate a foundational  manifesto of purpose. Yet the Ten Commandments select only ten of hundreds of possible commandments to be conveyed by G-d directly to the Jewish people. What is special about these ten? In what way do each of them represent a sphere of significance?

3. How does this commandment make a difference to your life? Most of us don’t grapple with whether to murder or not, and idol worship is currently out of fashion. Are these ten still of central relevance to us today? Do they continue to speak to us today?

Course Syllabus

Orientation Session

In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program.

Lesson One: If You Were G-d

In this lesson, you will examine the structure and order of the ten commandments, and explore its role as the foundation of Jewish thought and modern civilization.

Lesson Two: Who Am I?

In this lesson, you will examine the Jewish concept of G-d and the nature of Jewish belief. You will also investigate the contemporary relevance of the concept of idolatry.

Lesson Three: To Be or Not to Be

This lesson concentrates on the Jewish idea of the Sabbath and sanctity in time. You will become familiar with the basic practices governing the Jewish Sabbath, and you will look at the interplay between the Sabbath and the other days of the week.

Field Trip One

You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Shabbat dinner with your instructor.

Lesson Four: The Creators

This lesson looks at how Jewish law codifies the requirement to honor and respect 

parents, and invites you to consider the significance of this commandment to our spiritual development.

Lesson Five: The Breath of Life

This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson Six: Born To Marry

This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Field Trip Two

Lesson Seven: For Love or Money ( Do Not Steal; Do Not Covet)

This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson Eight: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

This lesson focuses on the spiritual meaning of human communication and the
importance of honest and true words. We also examine classical Jewish thinking
regarding the authenticity and truth of the Jewish tradition.

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Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 15 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 22 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 22 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 1 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 8 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 15 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 26 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 3 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 10 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 17 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 24 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 31 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 7 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 14 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM


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all dates and times are subject to change based on the students availability which we will discuss!

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 7 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 14 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 21 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 28 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 6 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 20 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 27 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 3 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM


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All dates and times are subject to change based on the preference of the group! 

 

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 3 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM


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dates and times are based on the groups schedule! 

We will confirm it after we discuss it together as a group!

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 4 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 11 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, June 3 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, June 4 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, June 4 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, June 4 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, June 5 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Friday, June 14 2013 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM


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ALL DATES AND TIMES OF CLASSES WILL ME DECIDED ONCE THE GROUP IS FORMED! 

LOOKING FORWARD! 

 

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Shabbaton1 -
Tuesday, April 1 2014 12:00 AM - - 3:15 PM
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Shabbaton2 -
Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:00 AM - - 3:15 PM
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Field Trip -
Thursday, April 3 2014 12:00 AM - - 3:15 PM
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Field Trip2 -
Friday, April 4 2014 12:00 AM - - 3:15 PM
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All dates and times will be decided once the group is pulled together and we see what works for everyone! Looking forward!

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 8 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, September 15 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, September 22 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, September 29 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 6 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 13 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, October 20 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, October 27 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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 ALL DATES AND TIMES WILL BE DECIDED ONCE THE GROUP IS FORMED!!!

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 28 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, November 4 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, November 11 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 18 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 25 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, December 2 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, December 9 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 13 2015 12:00 AM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 16 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

A Jewish Educational Experience
Do you enjoy fun and lively conversations?

Do you want to challenge the status quo?

Do you have questions about Judaism that are important to discuss?

Do you want to discover how Judaism is relevant and forward-thinking?

Do you want to join a warm community?

Then join the club! Sinai Scholars is for you! This learning experience is different from any class you have ever attended!

Sinai Scholars is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat.

Sinai Scholars is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and Jewish identity, along with a deeper understanding about how these interface with modern life.

Session One
A Question of Identity: Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World

You meet a Jewish person who says, “You know, I don’t know why people consider me Jewish. I do not support Israel; I do not ever visit a synagogue; and I do not celebrate any Jewish holidays.” How would you respond?

What does it mean to be a Jew? Is Judaism a religion, culture, nationality, or some combination thereof?

Since the dawn of time, individuals and groups sought to define and explain their identities, and Jews throughout the ages questioned the meaning of their Jewish identity. Today, the shifting sands of Jewish life require that this conversation persist but with newer insights and profounder definitions.

Session Two
A People with a Purpose: Exploring Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos

If you were G-d and you were going to address a once-for-all-time message to all of humanity, what would you say?

What messages does humankind need to hear today?

Mark Twain noted that while many nations filled the planet with sound and splendor, all of them soon faded and vanished. But the Jews are different, he noted. “All things are mortal,” he wrote, “but the Jew.” For Jews, survival is not celebrated for survival’s sake; survival is seen as a call to a purpose. A dialogue about the nature of this purpose is one crucial step in making this world a better place.

Session Three
Reason and Ritual: On the Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances

In medieval times, a despotic ruler once agreed to release a Jew from jail for one day each year to practice religion. The Jew was now in a quandary. Should that day be Yom Kippur? Passover? Rosh Hashanah? Some other day? How to choose?

What would you choose?

This leads into a broader discussion about Jewish rituals, which often seem foreign and archaic. In what ways can we find meaning and value in some of these observances?

Session Four
An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat

Life is continuous and unrelenting. Might there be some benefit in a creative pause?

Enter the Jewish Sabbath. It is difficult to imagine a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. What meaning did Jews find in their Sabbath that allowed them to shrug off their cultural isolation?

Examining this question is relevant to those who are troubled that today’s society is insufficiently happy and inadequately connected in meaningful ways.

 

Read More

Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 4 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 11 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 18 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 25 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 4 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 11 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 18 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 25 2015 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
all dates and times will be confirmed once the group is put together!


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, September 13 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 20 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, September 27 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 4 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 11 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 18 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, October 25 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 1 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 8 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
Day and time will be finalized with everyone's schedules!


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 28 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 7 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 14 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 21 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 28 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 4 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, March 10 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, March 17 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, March 24 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 31 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, April 7 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, April 14 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, April 21 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 28 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, May 5 2019 7:00 PM - 2:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 22 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Tuesday, October 29 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, November 5 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 12 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 19 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 26 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, December 3 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, December 10 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 17 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sleepover -
Wednesday, January 1 2020 - Thursday, January 2 2020


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