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400 Years of Jewish Thought in 4 Weeks

If you’ve ever wondered how Judaism moved from medieval ghetto practices of the Middle Ages to the vast array of Jewish thought and practice today,  here is an opportunity to see it all unfold in just four weekly sessions.

MoVeRs and Menorah present Seismic Shifts: Modern Jewish Ideologies and Movements, with Professor William Safran.  This four-week class will cover radical new developments in Jewish thought and practice from the 17th through the 20th century.  It will be held Thursdays in March at 7 pm at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, 3800 Kalmia St. The cost is $15 per session drop-in; $54 for all four sessions.  You can register here for the series.

Course topics:

  • March 4: Despair and Hope: Messianism and Hassidism
  • March 11: The Jews and Modernity: Haskalah and Reform Judaism
  • March 18: The Promise of Socialism: Bundism and Secular Yiddishism
  • March 25: Jewish Nationalism and its Challenges: Zionism, anti-Zionism, and post-Zionism

For more information about the topics covered in each session. visit the MoVeRs Courses page.

Professor William Safran
Professor William Safran

William Safran is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has written numerous articles and published 12 books, most recently Politics in Europe (4th ed., 2007), The French Polity (7th ed., 2008), and Transnational Migrations (2009). He has taught at City University of New York, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and the universities of Bordeaux, Grenoble, and Nice, France. He is the editor of the quarterly Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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