Adult Education Courses

Interpreting Jewish History

Taught by Mitchell Silver

4 selected Sundays, 10:45-12:15pm, at Runkle School, 50 Druce St. Brookline
October 26, November 16,  November 23, and December 7

This course surveys Jewish history with an eye to discovery how progressive Jews can usefully think about it. The course will begin with the the history of the ancient Hebrews and the formation of the Jewish religion in the Diaspora. We will then wind through Jewish experience and formation in medieval Europe and the Middle East, the challenges and responses of Jews to modernity, and complete the course with looking at the Holocaust, establishment of Israel, and contemporary Jewish identity.

Tuition Rates

  • BWC Members: $80
  • Non-members: $100
  • Shule parents: $55
  • Young adults (under 30 yr old): $55


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Our adult education programming is geared toward exploring the meaning of Jewish history, ritual, and thought from a secular perspective. Courses are taught by highly qualified and stimulating guest instructors.

There are usually two courses each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The number of sessions ranges from four to six, and tuition varies. Pre-registration is required. At least once every two years we offer a basic Jewish literacy course for new members.

Whether you are Jewish or non-Jewish, and whatever your level of Jewish knowledge, we invite you to learn, question, and challenge your thinking.

Past courses include:

  • Exploring Jewish Identity: History and Traditions of Mizrachi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi Cultures
  • U.S. Labor Post-WWII: From Reds Under the Bed to the War on Public Sector Workers
  • History of the Jewish Left
  • Jewish Literacy 101
  • Zionism and the Roads not Taken
  • Islam 101
  • From Religion to Nation: The Evolution of Modern Jewish Identity