Text Study

Come join us for Text Study weekly with Rabbi Barry Schwartz, as we read and discuss the unfolding story of our people.  For 2017-2018, our topic will be:

American Jewish History: Celebrating 360 Years of the American Jewish Experience

A comprehensive survey from colonial America to contemporary America, utilizing the recently published text, American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader (Zola and Dollinger) and supplemental sources.

Open to all; text available for purchase. Begins on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

 

  

 

Study Schedule

Torah Study Schedule, 5778 (2017-18)           

AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY          Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz

 

 

Session                Topic

1     Sept. 9           New Amsterdam

2.    Sept.16         Colonial New York

3.     Sept.23        Jews and the American Revolution

4.     Sept.30         Yom Kippur (no session)

5.      Oct. 7           Jewish Life in the New Nation

6.      Oct. 14         Jewish Life in the New Nation II

7.      Oct. 21          Bar Mitzvah (no session)

8.      Oct. 28          Maryland and the Jew Bill

9.      Nov. 4            German Jewish Immigration

10.    Nov. 11          Charleston and Early Reform

11.    Nov. 18          No session

12.    Nov. 25          Damascus Affair, etc.

13.    Dec. 2             Abolition

14.   Dec. 9            Jews & the Civil War-Choosing Sides

15.    Dec. 16           Jews & the Civil War – Grant & Lincoln

16.    Dec. 23           Jews & the Civil War - Chaplaincy  

17.    Dec. 30           No Session

SEMESTER 2         Topic

18.     Jan. 6      No session

19.     Jan. 13    Eastern European Immigration

20.     Jan. 20     Antisemitism (Leo Frank, Henry Ford)

21.     Jan. 27     Confronting Nazi Germany

22.     Feb. 3       Jews and WWII

23.     Feb. 10     Responses to the Holocaust

24.     Feb. 17     Responses to Israel

25.     Feb. 24     Post-War Jewish Life I

26.     Mar. 3       Post-War Jewish Life II

27.     Mar. 10     Bat Mitzvah (no session)

28.     Mar. 17     Jews and Civil Rights

29.     Mar. 24     Jews and Vietnam

30.     Mar. 31     Pesach (no session)

31.     Apr. 7        Reform Judaism Today

32.     Apr. 14      Conservative Judaism Today

33.     Apr. 21      Reconstructionist Judaism Today

34.     Apr. 28      Orthodox Judaism Today

35.     May 5        Topics in Contemporary Jewish Life I

36.     May 12      Topics in Contemporary Jewish Life II

37.     May 19      Conclusion

Sat, September 23 2017 3 Tishrei 5778