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"The New Jew": What an Israeli TV show teaches us (or doesn't) about American Judaism

Fridays at noon
Beginning Oct 8

Rabbi Fisher's fall semester class will focus on the Israeli TV show released last spring, "The New Jew" (היהודי החדש). The main character is Israeli comedian Guri Alfi, who interviews different types of American Jews -- Jewish individuals or communities that would be surprising or unusual to most of the Israeli public, but which might (or might not) feel entirely "normal" to American Jews. Some of his conversations are with: the Asian-Jewish female rabbi of the largest Reform Temple in NYC, the AEPi chapter in Boulder, a Persian-American Jewish lesbian, a couple of Jewish-Black comedians, and the head of the volunteer Jewish police force in Flatbush, NY. Each week we will focus on one interview clip and discuss what it can teach us about American Jews, Israeli Jews (and their views of American Jews), and ourselves. No Hebrew knowledge necessary.

MIT Hillel's Orthodox Educator, JJ Kimche, teaches three classes throughout the week. These classes are taught as individual units; you can drop in and out of any class, on any week, as you see fit.

Hebrew Bible class: 

Sundays at 8pm ET, Zoom link:

In this class we will be participating in the global 929 learning program, in which thousands of people learn a chapter of the Hebrew Bible every day of the week. In the class, we will be choosing one chapter from the previous week's learning and slowly go through the biblical text together, analyzing it from a religious, historical, and philosophical perspective. Texts are in Hebrew and English, no prior knowledge required.

Lunchtime with Maimonides: 

Tuesdays at 12:15pm, MIT Student Center First Floor Meeting Room, with lunch

In this class we will be studying the greatest work of Judaism's greatest thinker: Maimonides' legal code, the Mishneh Torah. We will be studying select portions of this work, with a special focus on those elements of the code that have philosophical and theological significance. We will be addressing questions like the existence of God, the nature of prayer, and the bible's political outlook. Texts are in Hebrew and English, no prior knowledge required. 

Dinner with the Masters: 

Tuesdays at 5pm, W11 Main Dining Room, with dinner

In this class we will be familiarizing ourselves with Judaism's great biblical commentators, from antiquity to the present. Each class will focus on one specific commentator, and will engage both with their life story and with elements of their dazzling commentaries. Texts are in Hebrew and English, no prior knowledge required. 

For more informaiton, email JJ here:

Torah on Tap/Torah and Takeout: Monthly GradHillel Torah class taught by Rabbi Fisher on a variety of topics such as Marriage and Divorce in Jewish Law and Conceptions of God. 

For more information, email Natalie here:

Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF): JLF is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. We’re interested in asking big questions. You know, the big stuff — like Who am I? What communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why? And we don’t purport to have any of the big answers...certainly not for anyone else. New classes get created each semester.

MIT Hillel

Phone: 617-253-2982

MIT Hillel
Muriel and Norman B. Leventhal
Center for Jewish Life

40 Massachusetts Ave, Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139

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