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Jews arriving in colonial America entered a society that, unlike any previous one, valued freedom as much as Judaism does.  This course explores this unique compatibility between Jewish and American values by examining seldom-read documents from the colonial, wild west, Civil War,  gangster, 1960s and contemporary eras.  The class will discuss the impact of the mutual influence imbued within this unique relationship and assess the threat that freedom may pose to the continuity of Judaism in America.    

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 9/12/2017, ending 10/3/2017

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : Ze'ev Aviezer 



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This survey course will examine the history of the Catholic Church, covering its early expansion within the Roman Empire, its assimilation of barbarian peoples, the age of cathedrals and the religious conflicts of the 16th century.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 6 sessions; starting 9/27/2017, ending 11/8/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/18/2017)

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Malcolm Kennedy 



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The Hebrew Scriptures are both sacred text for millions of people and a cornerstone foundation document for Western Civilization.  Those who read its contents for traditional religious purposes operate under very different assumptions than academic modern bible scholars.  This course will attempt to unpack the difficulties inherent in these radically different approaches to the same words.  Students should bring a bible to class (any translation will do, the more the merrier).  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 10/2/2017, ending 10/30/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/9/2017)

Tuition: $100.00

Location : Temple Israel New Rochelle Location : 
  Temple Israel New Rochelle.

Instructor : Michael Malina 



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This two-part class explores the important history of Jews in France, from their role in turning back the 8th century Muslim armies that invaded Narbonne, to their 19th century efforts providing downtrodden Eastern Mediterranean Jews with modern-day skills.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/6/2017, ending 10/13/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Andrée Aelion Brooks 



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This class will trace the concepts associated with Zionism from it origins with the ancient Hebrews through the fervent evangelical Zionism and the more recent Jewish messianic Zionism.  The concept of Zionism developed when the ancient Hebrews linked monotheism, a revolutionary idea, with a particular people and a particular land.  The Second Temple Period linked Zionism with fervent nationalism, leading to the brief establishment of an independent nation of Judea.  The nineteenth century marked the rebirth of political Zionism, resulting in the establishment of the State of Israel.  Source documents will enhance study and discussion of the history.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 10/19/2017, ending 11/9/2017

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : Ze'ev Aviezer 



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