Text study. Active questioning.
Community building. Personal
Welcome to Context,
a two-year intensive and innovative
program of adult Jewish learning.
It is Or Zarua's good fortune to
have been selected to participate
in the Context program.
Participants will be immersed
in reading core Jewish texts, including
the Bible, and will grapple with the
historical, political and cultural
aspects of four eras - biblical, rabbinic,
medieval and modern. During
approximately 100 hours of class time
a two-year period, participants will
study the major works and ideas of
each period within its unique historical
context and discover interrelationships
among the periods. No
prior formal Jewish education or
knowledge of Hebrew is required.
Context instructors are accomplished
Judaic scholars with communication
skills appropriate for adult
education and the ability to adapt
both to the Context curriculum and to a
variety of learning styles. What makes
Context a unique adult education experience
is the opportunity to study a
wide range of materials with the same
group of learners over a two-year
period, a contemporary adaptation of
the classical Jewish method of learning
with a partner - "Chavrutah."
An exciting journey, Context offers
a powerful way to bring knowledge
and insight into your personal life
and community as you build your
understanding of what Jewish texts
and ideas meant historically and
what they mean for Jews today.
Each class will be based on
assigned readings, including passages
from both primary sources and supplemental
scholarly materials that
reveal the richness of Jewish literature
and thought. These sources are
at the heart of the Jewish "conversation" -
a conversation that stretches
over 3,000 years as Jews have interpreted
and re-interpreted the central
texts that define the Jewish tradition.
As a participant in Context, you will
become part of that conversation.
Context, which is purposefully designed to be an intellectual journey, is guided by leading Judaic Studies scholar-teachers from a variety of academic institutions, and provides a sophisticated understanding of Jewish history and thought. It offers students a context within which to understand the Jewish past, refine their personal approach to the challenges of contemporary Jewish life, and develop their unique and informed outlook toward the Jewish future.
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - The Passover Seder in the Talmud: Wednesdays at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Weekly Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays from 8:40 - 9:40 am, in the Library following minyan.