The Institute for Judaic Studies and Portland Jewish Academy (PJA)
are offering three in-depth-Torah-study classes in the Beth Midrash
(The newly renovated Beth Knesset) of PJA.

Monday, October 30th - session led by Adinah Miller
Monday, December 4th - session led by Gail Sherman
Monday, February 5th - session led by Sylvia Frankel

Adinah Miller, Program Director, Tivnu
Gender in the Garden of Eden

Let’s explore the origins of human beings in the creation story, with an eye to gender roles and the relations set in motion between men and women (and?). Examining key phrases in the text and how they have been interpreted by traditional and modern commentators, we will try to discern whether the text is meant to be descriptive or prescriptive and how different interpretations have made an impact on gender in Jewish and other Biblically-based communities for millennia.

Gail Berkeley Sherman, Professor of English and Humanities, Reed College
Joseph the Dreamer: Literary, Chasidic, and Psychological Approaches

Gail Berkeley Sherman teaches modern American fiction at Reed College, where she is Professor of English and Humanities. In addition to teaching modern Jewish literature, she has taught Jewish texts from Torah to modern Jewish poetry, and especially enjoys engaging readers in textual study.

Sylvia Frankel, Adjunct Professor, Lewis & Clark College
The Binding of Isaac: Blind Obedience Versus Moral Choice

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