The Symposium

The Symposium: History of the Jewish People

The story of the Jewish people, our story, tells the story of the world. By studying the major memories, moments, and movements of the Jewish people we can come to know ourselves and envision our future. We will experience the incredible Hall of History in our Jewish Learning Center—200 feet of murals displaying hundreds of archival, museum quality photos, maps, and documents. We will trace the story of the Jewish people from the creation of the world to creation of the modern State of Israel, and everything in between. As always, our Symposium will be taught by some of Chicagoland’s leading rabbis and teachers, along with our own BJBE clergy.

Hellenism
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fenster

Maccabees
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fenster

Second Temple
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Karyn Kedar

Romans through Bar Kochba
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
Instructor: Rabbi Karyn Kedar

Rabbinic Period
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis

Great Sages of the Middle Ages
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis

Kabbalah
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Cantor Rayna Green

Chassidic Judaism
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Cantor Rayna Green

Anti-Semitism and the Church Fathers
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, Judaic Scholar, Jewish United Fund of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Enlightenment, Napoleon, & Bill of Rights
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fenster

Religious Movements: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fenster

Christianity
Tuesdays, February 20 & 27, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, Judaic Scholar, Jewish United Fund of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Islam
Tuesdays, March 6 & 13, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Alexandra Dunietz, Author of
The Cosmic Perils of Qadi Usayn Maybud in Fifteenth-Century Iran

Three Ideas that Formed the Jewish Experience: Enlightenment, Zionism and Feminism
Tuesdays, March 20 & April 10, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin, Am Yisrael Congregation

Israel: The Early State
Tuesdays, April 17 & 24, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Weinberg, Temple Beth Israel