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Adult Education - From Sukkot to Thanksgiving

Past Sessions
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 24 Cheshvan 5784 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Klein Chapel
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 17 Cheshvan 5784 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Klein Chapel
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 10 Cheshvan 5784 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Klein Chapel
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 3 Cheshvan 5784 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Klein Chapel

From Sukkot to Thanksgiving:

Appreciating the Relationship Between Jews, Food, and the World We Live In

For Jews the fall season is bookended by two holidays focused on gratitude and food: Sukkot and Thanksgiving. This fall we will increase our understanding and appreciation of how Jewish life and Contemporary American life intersect through the prism of food. Through this four-part series we will examine how Judaism’s relationship with food is so much more than challah and kugel. Looking at a “food product” by its constituent nutrients, or at Jewish tradition solely through a traditionally Jewish prism, fails to address the entirety of who we are, and how we create meaningful lives.

Through this course we will use traditional Jewish texts, modern texts, and the texts of our own lives to gain both a deeper understanding of our relationship to the food we eat from its original source to our actual consumption. We will spend time gaining insights into blessings and gratitude, kashrut and its possible relationship to the environment, and how it all affects us and the way each one of us relates to the food that sustains us each and every day.

Date Topic Session Will Cover
 10/18/23  Introduction: How Are We Going to Learn About Our Relationship to Food The process of learning and reflecting on our own lives - Our Relationship to Food
10/25/23 Gratitude, Mindfulness, Blessings We will examine the concepts of awareness, miracles, and eating with and without a blessing - regarding is it "Stealing From God" 
11/1/23 Bread & Civilization Why is bread such a key element in Jewish eating?  How does bread make a meal?  What is the history of bread in our civilization and in human civilization?
 11/8/23  Eating Together If you think of the best meal of your life - chances are you weren't eating alone.  Why is it that our relationships are so often grounded in the sharing of food?  How does Jewish tradition encourage us to eat with others, and why?


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