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Adult Education

Adult Education

The Jewish People & the Covenant: Explored & Reconstructed

Taught by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18

December 2, 9, 16

7:00 PM light nosh

7:15 PM - 8:45 PM class 

The notion of covenant is a central idea in traditional Jewish thought and a foundational idea of the Torah. We invoke covenant today primarily when we welcome baby boys into the covenant through brit milah and celebrate the Jewish people's covenant with God on Shavuot. 

But what exactly do we mean when we talk about covenant today? How have our ancestors thought about covenant? What are the theologies underpinning these ideas? How has the idea evolved over time and in reaction to the circumstances of our history? From a Reconstructionist vantage point, what does covenant mean if we do not necessarily subscribe to a belief in a supernatural God?

In this class, we will look at biblical and rabbinic texts to understand what our ancestors may have meant when describing the Jewish people's     relationship with God as a "covenant." We will examine ideas from modern and contemporary theologians who wrestle with and re-work this concept. Throughout, we will consider what  covenant might mean to us personally and as a people today. This class will be highly participatory and text/article based, with some materials given as reading between classes. 

To discuss further or if you would like to talk about whether this class is right for you, please contact Rabbi Lauren at or 212-724-2721

Registration is available by clicking here.

Mon, 30 November 2015 18 Kislev 5776