Details and Registration
Archaeology of the Religion of Ancient Israel
Wednesday mornings, September 11 through October 30 (no class October 9); 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Fee: $36 members; $54 non-members
Taught by Steve Stark-Riemer, noted local lecturer in archaeology, history and religion of the Ancient Near East.
Wednesday evenings, October 16 and 23, then Monday evenings, October 28 through December 2;
All classes 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(note: the class shifts from Wednesdays to Mondays after the first two sessions)
Fee: $54 members; $48 non-members
Taught by Carol Smith
Amoz Oz: Israel’s Storyteller
Wednesday mornings, November 6 through December 4; 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $25 members, $30 non-members
Taught by Martha Rozett, professor emerita at the University at Albany
This course is coordinated with two other BSRC Adult Education events. It will focus on three books ( a memoir, a collection of short stories, and a novel by one of Israel’s most distinguished prolific writers). Participants are encouraged to acquire copies of all three books and read as much of them as time permits. We will begin with excerpts from A Tale of Love and Darkness, recently selected by the NY Times as one of the fifty finest memoirs of the past fifty years. A film produced by Natalie Portman based on parts of the memoir will be shown at the Nov 16 Movie Night.Our next text, Between Friends, is a collection of linked stories inspired by Oz’s experience of living on a kibbutz. We’ll devote our final class to Oz’s 2014 novel Judas. In his opening sentences, Oz tells us that this is a story set in Jerusalem in 1959-1960, a story of error and desire, of unrequited love, and of a religious question that remains unresolved, the question of Judas Iscariot’s relationship to Jesus. Judas will also be the subject Martha Rozett’s annual Synagogue Scholar presentation on December 13. Course participants will be invited to contribute to the discussion
Hannah Arendt: “Challenges of Thinking, Acting and Judging in Dark Times”
A PROGRAM IN TWO PARTS
Fee: $10 members, $15 non-members
November 14, 7 p.m. A showing of the film, "Hannah Arendt."
November 21, 7 p.m. Professor Laurie Naranch will lead a discussion as
we explore why Arendt still matters today.