Temple Chai is pleased to partner
with the SoL Center for 2 new courses.
Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land:
Religious Freedom in the United States
with Rabbi David Komerofsky
Tuesdays, September 13, 20, and 27, 7-9 p.m. $35
The United States was founded on a great and noble set of ideas, but implemented by imperfect human beings. We will explore the history of religious freedom and diversity from the beginnings of our Republic through today. What did the Founding Fathers believe and how have their writings been interpreted and applied? What does the future of religious freedom look like from our place in history?
Participants will base discussions on original documents to be distributed in class.
About the Instructor: Rabbi Komerofsky is spiritual leader of Temple Chai, a 12 year old Northside congregation and member of the Union for Reform Judaism. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he became Dean. He was also Director of Hillel at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Biblical Book of Ruth:
A Look at Women's Friendships
with Marcia Goren Weser
Thursday, October 6, 7-9 p.m. $15
The relationship between Naomi and Ruth is one of trust and loyalty in the face of hardship and loss. Some scholars have surmised that this book was written by a woman; regardless, it is a remarkable look at the place of women in Biblical society. Its lessons are relevant even today. Participants will read this book prior to class and discuss issues raised in the text. Class limited to women only.
About the Instructor: For eight years, Marcia Goren Weser has taught a Women’s Torah Study class for Temple Chai, a small Reform congregation which she helped to found 12 years ago. She has studied biblical texts with Jewish and Christian clergy and considers herself a life-long learner. She is Chair of the SoL Center Board of Directors this year.