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Adult Education

The Adult Education Committee’s mission is to foster the Jewish education of adults in our congregation. The committee organizes a variety of learning opportunities, among them speaker series, extended courses, and study groups, led by clergy, visiting lecturers, and lay members. We have a deep interest in welcoming learners to our offerings not only for educational enrichment but also to create a sense of community. For more information, email the committee at adulteducation@judeareform.org.

 

Judea Reform 2022 Levin-Moscovitz Lecture Series

June 9th-12th, 2022

With Professor Flora Cassen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule:

Thursday, June 9th at 7pm, in-person at JRC & online

  • "The Many Faces of Antisemitism Today" 

 Friday, June 10th at 6pm, in-person at JRC & online

  •  Kabbalat Shabbat D’Var:“Uncle Charles’ Letter: Lessons from a Family History"

Saturday, June 11th at 9am, online

  •  Torah Study: Essential Texts on Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism

 Sunday, June 12th  TBD 

  •  Informal Question & Answer Session

ABOUT FLORA CASSEN:

 Flora Cassen is Chair of the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies at Washington University in St Louis. She  was born and grew up in Antwerp, Belgium and went to college in Brussels and studied law and history at the Free University of Brussels. She moved to New York in 2000 to continue her studies at NYU, earning a PhD in Jewish History in 2008. She has taught European and Jewish history at the University of Vermont, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now at Washington University in Saint Louis. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two sons.

She is the author of Marking the Jews in Renaissance Italy: Politics, Religion, and the Power of Symbols  (Cambridge University Press) that tells the history of the yellow badges or hats that Jews were forced to wear in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.  Her book offers a reflection on the power of discriminatory signs and explains where Renaissance anti-Judaism came from and what it meant to Italian Jews and Christians. She has published articles in flagship academic journals such as the Journal of Early Modern History, the Jewish Quarterly Review, the Association for Jewish Studies Review, and in collections of essays. Her articles and book form a body of work that explores diverse facets of early modern Jewish life (ranging all the way from anti-Judaism and dress to travel, spying, and food) in Italy and the Spanish Empire.

In addition to her academic work, she has been writing columns for broad public audiences on the subject European antisemitism in Haaretz (see here); the American Jewish Forward (see here); and De Standaard, Belgium’s main Flemish newspaper (see here).

 

 

Anshei Mitzvah Class 2022/5782 

Mazel Tov to our Anshei Mitzvah class of 2022/5782. Our community is so honored to celebrate you being called to the Torah Saturday, May 14th, 2022 leading our congregation in worship. We are so proud of all of you: (from left to right): Tina Prinstein, Gracie Snyder, Emily Berman, Chip Hughes, Andy MacCracken, Michelle Kahn, Mary White, and Deborah Schwartz-Kates. And deep gratitude to your wise and learned teacher, Stacy Lubov, for bringing you to this Shehecheyanu moment. 

 

Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyar 5782