JTS Presents:

Context Mini-Courses

Context Mini-Courses consist of three to five sessions of 90 minutes each, and are offered throughout the year at synagogues and Jewish Community Centers in the Greater New York area and beyond. Participants register in advance and are provided with texts to prepare for in-depth discussion and serious study of the sources that are central to Judaism and Jewish history.


Dr. Eitan Fishbane  

Delving in to the spiritual heart of Judaism, this course will introduce students to some of the major themes, ideas, and texts of Jewish mysticism from its origins in Antiquity through the present day.  We will study sources from the Zohar, the mystics of 16th century Tzfat, and Hasidism -- devoting special attention to mystical ideas of God, prayer, and spiritual experience.   All readings will be made available in an electronic coursepack. 


Day/Time: Thursdays, 8:00–9:30p.m.
Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014
Location: Hollis Hills Jewish Center
210-10 Union Turnpike
New York, NY 11427

Tuition: $100
Register: www.jtsa.edu/context/registration
Registration Deadline: April 23rd, 2014   

For more information, contact:
Context Adult Learning Programs of JTS

(212) 870-5850

EITAN FISHBANE is Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He is the author or editor of five books, including As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist (Stanford University Press) and The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time (Jewish Lights Publishing).  Fishbane's scholarship has been recognized with awards from The National Endowment for the Humanities and The American Council of Learned Societies.  At JTS, he teaches courses on the literature and thought of Jewish mysticism, and he serves on the Rabbinical School Council.  Fishbane holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.  In addition to his academic work, Professor Fishbane's writing has appeared in The Forward; The Jewish Week; The Atlantic; and The Huffington Post.



Join JTS scholars to explore the symbolism and meaning of Jerusalem in the Bible and midrash, its place in Jewish liturgy, and its legacy in the maps and images that have represented this sacred place.  

Discussions will highlight the significance of Jerusalem for its ancient and contemporary audiences.

May 7, 2014  
"The Place in Which God Rests His Name": Jerusalem in the Bible and Midrash   
Yedida Eisenstat
advanced doctoral candidate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation, JTS  

May 14, 2014 
Next Year in Jerusalem?: Praying for Jerusalem Then and Now  
Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, PhD
Rabbi Judah A. Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS

May 21, 2014
The Eternal CenterPicturing Jerusalem Through the Ages

senior consultant for special collections at The Library of JTS

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 8:00–9:30 p.m.   
Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 2014   
Location: Temple Gates of Prayer
38-20 Parsons Boulevard 
Flushing, NY 11354  

Tuition: $50   
Register by May 1st to receive required readings in advance:  rosebudstgp@yahoo.com or call Temple Gates of Prayer at (718) 359-1160   
For more information, contact: Context: the Adult Jewish Learning Programs of JTS 

(212) 870-5850


Popular topics include:

Forbidden Wisdom: Kabbalah Through the Ages

"In Those Days at This Time": The Origins and Celebration of Hanukkah from Ancient Times to the Present

"How Has This Night Been Different from All Others?": The Development of Passover Ritual from Biblical Times to the Present

"How Could We Forget Thee, O Jerusalem": The Idea of Return to Zion in Jewish History

"For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt": Encounters with the Foreigner in Jewish Text and History

Israeli Short Stories

American Jewish Short Stories

Please contact the Context office at (212) 570-5850 or context@jtsa.edu for advance notice of Summer 2014 Mini-Courses.