Spring 2015 Community Education Courses

Community Education courses taken as noncredit are offered at the special price of $500 per course.

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 How to Lead Shabbat Services CG CANTR 514 
 Online | non-credit only Schwartz

This course provides students with both theoretical background and basic skills necessary to lead Sabbath services. Students will analyze the musical modes of “nusah haTefillah,” master the significant musical motifs needed for leading traditional services in the Ashkenazic tradition and learn principles for choosing appropriate congregational melodies to be used during Shabbat services, based on the analysis of the musical modes assigned to the various liturgical units. Students in the Cantorial Ordination programs cannot take this course for credit. 

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History and Memory: Medieval and Modern Periods CG HIST 534
Online | non-credit only Fuchs

Working within a chronological framework, this course will trace the creative transformation of Judaism in the medieval period and the profound challenges posed by modernity. Students will have the opportunity to critically engage with primary sources. Major events and personalities of these two historical periods will be considered.

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Judaism and Religious Pluralism CG INTD 555
Online | non-credit only Rose

How does our emerging awareness of the interconnection of people across vast physical distances and religious and cultural contexts impact our identities as Jews? How do we understand the interplay of universalism and particularism in our time? What are the contours of Jewish identity in this “global village”? How might we best work across religious and cultural lines to create a more just and sustainable world? Over the last several decades, scholars and practitioners have been reflecting on these issues with greater interest and intensity from a range of perspectives. In this interdisciplinary course, participants will explore these matters by reading relevant works of philosophy, theology, history and the social sciences, and through the examination of contemporary case studies on religion and public life.

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Moses in the Midrash CG RAB 541 AU
Th, 11:15 am-1:15 pm | non-credit only  Syllabus | Schimmel

Through an examination of midrashic characterizations of Moses, students will gain an understanding of the midrashic processes and its objectives and midrashic methods of scriptural interpretation; become familiar with different types of midrash and aggadah; place, where possible, the midrashic/aggadic teachings about Moses in a historical and cultural context; and enjoy the creativity of the Rabbinic imagination and the ingenuity of Rabbinic exegeses as applied to Moses. The course will be taught in English with English translations of the midrashic texts. Those who know Hebrew may use the Hebrew texts.

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