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Recent programs from Kehilat HaNahar's Adult Education Programs:

  • “The Spiritual Brain,” with Dr. Andrew Newberg, Director of Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a spirited discussion about the connections between our brains and different kinds of religious phenomena.  

  • “The 1891 New Orleans Lynching and the Limits of State Power to Protect and Control Immigration.” Shows parallels to the current time in the way we talk about and portray immigrant groups today and in the recent past, including our own ancestors.

  • "Who Were the Rabbis?" How the Sages actually lived and learned in Jewish society after the fall of the Second Temple.  An overview of their major works, the differences between them, and the social and political pressures that lead to their creation.

  • "Who Wrote the Torah?" An Introduction to the Scribal Arts

  • "Let me Entertain Jew!" A film series highlighting the works of Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Barbra Streisand

  • "Praying Together in the Melting Pot"  The evolution of synagogue design in America

  • "Synagogue Interiors" The rituals and culture that define design

  • "Genesis and the Big Bang" Scientists who struggle with the apparent conflicts between religion and science

  • "Soul Beliefs, Causes, and Consequences" The history of soul beliefs and how they inform Judaism

  • "Americans Talking about Israel" How to speak, listen and stay civil

 

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