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Jewish Intellectual History: Sinai & Shavuot

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob
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Join us for the first in Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob's learning series, “Jewish Intellectual History: The Known and the New.”

Led by talented educators and academics from the Chicago area, the series is designed to provide participants with a lifelong foundation for Jewish learning. Covering the Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval periods, the series will provide an overview of important Jewish figures, events, objects, and ideas.

Our first class is "Sinai and Shavuot: Revelation and Ritual," taught by Marianne Novak.

Marianne Novak is a third-year rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat. She has been teaching and developing curricula for the Florence Melton School of Adult Education program for over 19 years. Marianne has also taught Bible and developed curricula for Chicagoland Jewish High School. She has lectured and taught for Hadassah, Yeshiva University Kollel Torah Mitzion, Matan in Chicago, Congregation Or Torah and Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob synagogue. She also writes a blog for the Times of Israel. Marianne graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a B. A. in Political Science and has a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Instructors for the series include Malka Simkovich, the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago; Northwestern University faculty members David Shyovitz and Barry Wimpfheimer, and Ben Z. Katz, Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The series is free and open to all; the synagogue will provide (kosher) refreshments). All classes (with one Tuesday exception) are on Sundays at 8pm; please contact SVAJ for a class schedule, also available online at http://www.svaj.org. Registration is requested; participants can choose to take any amount of classes from one to all.

The series is sponsored by Aviva and David M. Rubin in memory of Aviva’s father, Rabbi Jerome Weistop, and David’s parents, Frances and Sidney Rubin.