Midreshet HaKerem is a joint project of Kehilat HaKerem and Midreshet Schechter, which is an affiliate of the Shechter Institute of Jewish Studies In Jerusalem.
Since the early 1990s, the Schechter Institute has offered courses in Jewish studies to immigrants from Russia. Today, Midreshet Schechter offers courses in Judaism to the general public in Israel and abroad.
These courses are based on study of the sources and an examination of the meanings and values implied by them, from a critical historical point of view.
ENGLISH LECTURE PROGRAM -
Two Semesters with Rabbi Dr. Avi Kadish
Under the Cross and the Crescent: 1500 Years of Jewish History
Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 and Feb - June 2023
Lectures will begin at 18:15 and end at 20:30.
Courses will be held in Kehilat Hakerem, and on Zoom (surcharge for local residents - see below).
See below for details of how to register and pay
Course of 12 weekly meetings
Wednesdays starting on 26 October 2022
In this course we’ll study the main contours of Jewish life in the Middle Ages, as a minority within the worlds of Christianity and Islam. We’ll discover the processes that led to the formation of medieval Jewish communities along with their communal and economic structures. We’ll trace the rise and fall of the various centers of Jewish life throughout the Middle Ages, the relationships between them, and the historical changes that they endured. We’ll pay special attention to the literary creations (historical, cultural and religious) of Jews in the Middle Ages and get a “taste” of them through examples in each lesson.
The Fall Semester will begin with the repercussions of the Bar Kokhba revolt and end with the close of the Geonic era (the death of Rav Hai Gaon in 1038), which covers a period of roughly 900 years.
Introduction: What are the “Middle Ages” for the Jews?
Repercussions of the Bar Kokhba Revolt
The Rabbinic Heritage and its Attitude towards Christianity
Byzantine Christianity and the Jews (the Justinian Code)
Early Islam and the Pact of Umar
The Jews of Babylon: The Exilarch, the Yeshivot and their Responsa
The Rise of Karaism, its Ideas and its Influence
Sa`adia Gaon: The Man and his Works (1)
Sa`adia Gaon: The Man and his Works (2)
Seder Rav Amram Gaon
Iggeret Rav Sherira Gaon as a Reply to the Karaites
The End of the Gaonic Era
Course of 12 weekly meetings
Wednesdays starting on 23 February 2022
'Abraham, Our Father':
The Image of the Patriarch in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions
Lead Lecturer: Rabbi Avi Kadish
Abraham plays a central role in the philosophies and beliefs of the three major
In this course we will explore the biblical image of Avraham and learn and compare how he is perceived in Jewish sources, in the Christian bible and in the Koran. How does Abraham divide us? Can he unite us?
Introduction: The Biblical Image of Abraham
Genesis: Background, Calling, Trials and Disappointments
Genesis: The Latter Trials and Final Days of Abraham
Abraham in the Christian Tradition - Guest Lecturer: Raed Makhouli
Abraham as a Believer: The Midrash versus the New Testament
Divine Choice, Blessing, Calling and Commandment
in Jewish and Christian Interpretation
Commandments versus Gospel
Did Abraham Seek God or Discover God?
Abraham and Humanity
The Last Trial: The “Binding of Isaac” or the “Sacrifice of Isaac” or an act of Islam? (1)
The Last Trial: The “Binding of Isaac” or the “Sacrifice of Isaac” or an act of Islam? (2)
Abraham in the Muslim Tradition Guest Lecturer: Sheikh Amad Aladin, Ahmadiyya Community Haifa
Abraham of the Religions: Inclusive or Exclusive?
Abraham in the Christian Tradition
Guest Lecturer: Azar Ajaj, Church Elder Nazareth Baptist Church, Principal and Lecturer Nazareth Evangelical College
Panel: From a Conflict of Inheritance to the Abraham Accords
Course Pricing 2022-23
Full course – members of Kehilat Hakerem
Full course – non-members
Single class – members of Kehilat Hakerem
Single class – non-members
Surcharge for Zoom participation by Karmiel/Misgav residents (see note below)
Second course, same semester
Spouse as second registrant
Full year in advance
Friend brings a friend1
"Course Verifier” (one only)2
| Note: Only one discount may be chosen per semester/course
For registration and further information by email or phone
1. Friend brings a friend: This discount will be available to past participants who bring in a new participant who has never taken a course before.
2. Course Verifier: The Education Ministry requires that we appoint someone who is actually present during the activity and who is not an employee or volunteer in the organization. Please contact us if you are interested in fulfilling this essential role.
Please note! In accordance with Education Ministry rules, each course must have at least 10 registrants physically present in the classroom. Any number of participants are allowed on Zoom but cannot be included in the above requirement. We will not be able to hold the course with less than 10 registrants committed to class participation!!!
Zoom participation: In order to encourage in-class attendance, Karmiel and Misgav participants who want to participate by Zoom must pay a surcharge of 50%. In case of sickness or special circumstances Karmiel region participants may use Zoom with prior notification and at no extra cost. Zoom will be available to participants outside of the Karmiel/Misgav region at no extra cost.
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