*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Getting to Know about Judaism: A Peek at the Highlights - Charlottesville

A brief survey of major topics concerning Judaism; an introductory overview of aspects of Judaism. Five sessions focusing on broad areas. October 30: Torah & Text. November 6: Calendar. November 13: Worship & Ritual. November 27: Practice and Belief. December 4: Lifecycle. This is a more formal approach than the “Judaism On One Foot” series. The structure is a lecture format during which the instructor will give an introduction, insights, and remarks, then questions on the topic addressed will be taken.
Note: This course does not meet on Monday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Rabbi Joe Blair, BA (UVA), MCS (UVA), JD (William & Mary), MHL (RRC), is the spiritual leader of Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg and Temple House of Israel in Staunton, splitting his time between the two congregations. He was previously the rabbi/director of Hillels at Duke University and UVA. He has served as an adjunct faculty member and instructor at Duke University, Mary Baldwin College, and Bridgewater College, and as a guest lecturer at UVA, JMU, EMU, PVCC, and BRCC. He served as the source indexer for the 12 volume Stanford University Press publication of the Daniel C. Matt translation of The Zohar, and  performed editorial work and authored other publications. He serves as staff in the roles of webmaster/coordinator and as a panelist, for the Jewish Values Online site. He is the Administrative Dean and an instructor at the Gamliel Institute, and a staff member for Kavod v’Nichum (Honor & Comfort), the North American Jewish Funeral, Burial, Cemetery, and Chevrah Kadisha association. In addition, he has taught many adult education courses and other classes on a variety of topics, including a number of courses through the JMU Lifelong Learning Institute and OLLI at UUva

Required Reading:

Please bring a copy of a Bible that contains the text of the Hebrew scriptures (five books of Moses, Prophets, and Writings) for reference. We will find that translations vary both widely and wildly, and the order and texts included do not match for many of these books.  

Recommended Reading:

Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy, 1991. Telushkin, Joseph. Biblical Literacy, 1997.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B04 Rabbi Joe Blair Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville A

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