Income inequality. Abuse of power. Confronting Sinat Chinam (baseless hatred), anti-Semitism, and hatred of all kinds. These topics have been weighing heavily on the mind of Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Lehrhaus’s Chief Program Officer. Like all good rabbis and educators, Wolf-Prusan sought to find a voice from our collective past to help guide him and our community through these challenging times. It didn’t take long for him to find the answer: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Heschel, a Polish-born, American rabbi, was not only one of the foremost Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century. Nor was he exclusively the civil rights activist who famously prayed with his feet as he marched in Selma with Martin Luther King, Jr. He was also one of the co-directors of the original Lehrhaus in pre-Nazi Germany.

“Lehrhaus Judaica is a hub for courageous Jewish learning,” said Rabbi Wolf-Prusan. “Our heritage began 80 years ago when Martin Buber hired the young Abraham Joshua Heschel to co-direct the original Lehrhaus. I felt it was time to re-examine his legacy as we wrestle with many of the same challenges in 2017 that Heschel spent his lifetime engaging.”

To understand and appreciate the contemporary relevance of Heschel, Lehrhaus Judaica has created a three-part course revealing the Jewish social justice imperative, that define Heschel, his thoughts, and his actions.

Connect our past with your present. Learn and get engaged. Lehrhaus

Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice will be offered in San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto, and Berkeley.
Fall: Foundations
Winter: Religious Activism
Spring: Outrage, War, and Economics

Register for the classes here.

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