Winter session begins in early January

The second semester of the Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice course focuses on Abraham Joshua Heschel as a religious activist. Register in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San RafaelBerkeley, Walnut Creek, or Santa Rosa.

When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying.
—Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The Lehrhaus classes on Heschel has helped me refine the spiritual underpinnings of my social justice beliefs and actions.  The material is challenging, the camaraderie of the students is supportive, and as a learning experience the quality is top-notch.  This class has really filled a gap in my Jewish learning.”  – Michael Fischer

Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. 80 years ago, a young Abraham Joshua Heschel was appointed by Martin Buber to be the co-director of the Central Organization for Adult Jewish Education and Judishces Lehrhaus. Today, we carry on that legacy.

In honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s contributions to Jewish learning and the social justice imperative that defines him, Lehrhaus is excited to offer a three-part course exploring this fundamental aspect of Heschel’s life and Judaism. Part one will cover “Foundations.” Part two is “Heschel as Religious Activist.” And part three, “Moral Outrage, War, and Economics.”

The texts we’ll focus on are Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings (Orbis, 2011) and Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997). We will also read supplementary texts from other writers including Maimonides, Shai Held, Edward K. Kaplan, and Susannah Heschel.