Summer 2023 Learning Series
The Dynamics of Change
Mondays, June 5 to August 14, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Please note that there will be no session on June 19 or July 3.
Change is an integral part of life and a central feature of the Jewish experience. Join JTS scholars for an in-depth exploration of significant changes—religious, political, and personal—throughout Jewish history and life. Together we’ll consider core questions such as: What inspires change? What circumstances are most conducive to change, and what (or who) drives it? How do we experience change and adapt to its impact? How can Jewish values and ideas inspire us to change the world for the better?
Topics will include prophets and the art of persuasion, the Rabbis as the first influencers, tikkun olam (repairing the world) in Kabbalistic thought, modern Yiddish culture and political change, evolving Jewish attitudes towards abortion, and more.
The series launches on June 5 with “Perhaps They Will Listen”: Prophets and the Art of Persuasion, featuring Bible professor Dr. Yael Landman.
Faculty and Topics:
“Perhaps They Will Listen”: Prophets and the Art of Persuasion
With Dr. Yael Landman, Assistant Professor of Bible, JTS
With Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies, JTS
Patient Change, Slow Influence: The Model of the Rabbis of Late Antiquity
With Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS
The Power of Words: How What We Say Affects Us and Those Around Us
With Dr. Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics
Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World, Healing God in Kabbalistic Thought
With Dr. Eitan Fishbane, Professor of Jewish Thought, JTS
Literature as an Agent of Change: Revisiting Leslie Feinberg’s Transgender Novel Stone Butch Blues
With Dr. Beverly Bailis, Associate Adjunct Professor of Jewish Literature, JTS
From Justification to Justice: Evolving Jewish Attitudes Towards Abortion
With Dr. Michal Raucher, JTS Fellow and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University
Becoming Jewish Americans: Popular Culture and Protest in Yiddish New York
With Annabelle Cohen, PhD candidate in Modern Jewish Studies, JTS, and curator of “Living Yiddish in New York” exhibit, JTS Library
Can Institutions Be Nimble? Community Organizing in Tumultuous Times
With Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, Associate Dean of The Rabbinical School, JTS
Note: Each Monday series has a new Zoom link. Please register for The Dynamics of Change in order to receive the Zoom link for this series.