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Midreshet Hakerem        מדרשת הכרם

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.
 

Midreshet Hakerem

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.

 
 
 

Lesson

Date

Subject

1.

26 October

   Introduction: What are the “Middle Ages” for the Jews?

2.

2 November

  Repercussions of the Bar Kokhba Revolt

  1.  

9 November


The Rabbinic Heritage and its Attitude towards Christianity
 
4.

16 November

  Byzantine Christianity and the Jews (the Justinian Code)

5.

23 November

  Early Islam and the Pact of Umar

6.

30 November

   The Jews of Babylon: The Exilarch, the Yeshivot and their Responsa

7.

7 December

The Rise of Karaism, its Ideas and its Influence

8.

14 December

Sa`adia Gaon: The Man and his Works (1)

9.

28 December

Sa`adia Gaon: The Man and his Works (2)

10.

4 January

  Seder Rav Amram Gaon

11. 11 January
 
Iggeret Rav Sherira Gaon as a Reply to the Karaites
 
12.
 
18 January
 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
monotheistic traditions.

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?‎
 
 

Lesson

Date

Subject

 

 

  Introduction: The Biblical Image of Abraham

1.

23/02

   Genesis: Background, Calling, Trials and Disappointments

2.

02/03

  Genesis: The Latter Trials and Final Days of Abraham

  1.  

09/03

Abraham in the Christian Tradition - Guest Lecturer: Raed Makhouli
 
 

 

Abraham as a Believer: The Midrash versus the New Testament

4.

23/03

  Divine Choice, Blessing, Calling and Commandment
  in Jewish ‎and Christian Interpretation

5.

30/03

  Commandments versus Gospel

6.

06/04

   Did Abraham Seek God or Discover God?‎  

 

 

Abraham and Humanity

7.

11/05

The Last Trial: The “Binding of Isaac” or the “Sacrifice of Isaac” ‎or an act of Islam? (1)‎

8.

18/05

The Last Trial: The “Binding of Isaac” or the “Sacrifice of Isaac” ‎or an act of Islam? (2)‎

9.

25/05

Abraham in the Muslim Tradition
Guest Lecturer: Sheikh Amad AladinAhmadiyya Community Haifa 

 

 

 

10.

01/06

   Abraham of the Religions: Inclusive or Exclusive?‎

   
 
11. 08/06

Abraham in the Christian Tradition
Guest Lecturer: Azar Ajaj, Church Elder Nazareth Baptist Church, Principal and Lecturer Nazareth Evangelical College
12.
 
23/6
 
 Panel: From a Conflict of Inheritance to the Abraham Accords
 

 
 
 

 
 
Course Pricing 2022-23

 Full course – members‏ ‏of Kehilat Hakerem‎ 120‎
Full course – non-members  240‎
Single class – members‏ ‏of Kehilat Hakerem‎  30
 Single class – non-members   60‎

Surcharge for Zoom participation by Karmiel/Misgav residents (see note below)
 
50%
DISCOUNTS  
Second course, same semester  
Spouse as second registrant 50%
Full year in advance 50%
Friend brings a friend1 50%
"Course Verifier” (one only)2 50%
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Note: Only one discount may be chosen per semester/course
   
 For registration and further information by email or phone        052-2693758     midrasha@hakerem.net
 

MEANS OF PAYMENT 
Bank Transfer
11-174-2036861
Check/cheque  Deposit in Treasurer’s Box at Synagogue
Bit and PayBox 055-6671593
Cash In person
Beneficiary in all cases
 
Kehilat Hakerem, Karmiel
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

    
Kehilat Hakerem Karmiel
The Masorti Congregation of Karmiel

Spitzer Center, 4 Sheizaf  St,
POB 568, Karmiel 2161402

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