Exploring Jewish history in an international context

by | Sep 22, 2022 | What’s Happening

Class begins Thursday, October 27, 12 pm

What is the history behind the narrative of the Jewish religion’s core story? One way to better understand Judaism’s history—as well as its “story”—is to explore the international framework in which its people emerged.

The Konikoff Center for Learning at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will offer a four-part series, Origins: Jewish History in an International Context. Taught by Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel, classes will be both in-person at the Simon Family JCC and online.

Over the four weeks of this course, Panitz will take students on an explorative journey through history. The first half of the course will dive into the collapse of ancient superpowers and the emergence of The People “Israel.” Then, moving into the 10th and 11th centuries, students will examine the time monarchy replaced the older tribal system and consider how this coincides with the transition from bronze to iron in Israel. The final class of this series will uncover archaeological findings to investigate the religious developments in the history of the Israelites and monotheism.

Course cost is $60. For more information, or to register, visit JewishVA.org/KCL or contact Sierra Lautman at SLautman@ujft.org
or 757-965-6107.