College of Jewish Studies

Hosted by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Free and open to the community
The VBS College of Jewish Studies is made possible by grants from the Lill & Jess Beim Family Keruv Fund and the Harold M. Schulweis Institute

Ever wanted to take a great course on Jewish culture, history and topical subjects, taught by experts? Well this is it. The VBS College of Jewish Studies offers Jewish adults an experience of university-level learning without homework, tests, sororities or football. Each year a different area of focus is selected, and our Rabbis, along with their guest speakers, provide us with insights and history that is just wonderful. And did we mention the cost - none!
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2018-2019 Curriculum
"Conversations with God"

Where do we find God in our world? In the beauty and order and majesty of creation? Or in the moral imperative to care, to act and to heal? The search for a sense of God's presence is at the heart of Jewish spiritual life. So many of us have not asked these questions since our childhood. What is a grown-up idea of God? What difference does it make in everyday life? 

This year, our College of Jewish Studies is devoted to personal theology -- find our way to God. We will explore the ways the historical Jewish tradition understood God -- the Bible, the Talmud, and the mystical tradition. And we will meet contemporary God-thinkers, whose new ideas are startling and deep. 

Join us Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. for a journey of faith and discovery here at VBS.

October 10

"Where is God Hiding?"
Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom

October 17 + 24
October 31

"The God We Meet in the Bible"
Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom

November 7

"The God We Meet in the Talmud"
Professor Barry Wimpfheimer, Northwestern University, Weinberg College

November 14 + 28

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice President, American Jewish University

December 5

"The God We Meet in Jewish Philosophy"
Rabbi Noah Farkas

December 12

Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard, USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement

January 9

"The God We Meet in Jewish Mysticism"
Professor Daniel Matt, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

January 16

Rabbi Eli Rivkin, Chabad of Northridge

January 23

Reverend Dr. Julian Bull, Campbell Hall School

January 30

Rabbi Jason Weiner, Cedars Sinai Medical Center

February 6

Rabbi Susan Goldberg, Wilshire Blvd Temple

February 13

Rabbi Naomi Levy, Nashuva

February 20

Rabbi Elie Spitz, B'nai Israel, Tustin


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