God, Humanity, and the Rest of Creation: Jewish Theology in a Time of Climate Emergency with Rabbi Shai Held
When? March 5, 2020, 7:30-9:00pm
Where? EDCJCC (1529 16th St NW)
We live in a time of unprecedented climate emergency: greenhouse gas emissions are causing vast-- and irreversible-- changes to earth's climate. Droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and rise in sea-levels endanger millions of lives. How should religious people respond to the crisis? How does the way we imagine the relationship between God, humanity, and the rest of creation shape our sense of responsibility for the fate of the earth and its inhabitants? Beginning with the Bible and concluding with contemporary theology and environmental ethics, we'll develop a textually-rooted Jewish theology for this precarious moment. We'll bear in mind the sobering words of Governor Jay Inslee of Washington: "We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it." We'll conclude with an invitation to connect to Interfaith Power & Light, a grassroots group through which Jewish communities and congregations of many faiths are working together to respond to climate change: www.ipldmv.org.
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Everyday Moral Dilemmas with Rabbi Avi Strausberg
When? Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Where? home-hosted in Shepherd Park; email for location
In this course, we’re going to be wrestling with every day moral dilemmas, the sorts of which we each encounter all of the time in our lives. We’ll consider questions like: "Can I 'take' a paperclip and just what constitutes stealing?" and "Are there instances in which it is not only permissible to lie but in fact necessary?" We'll pose these every day moral dilemmas to classic Jewish sources and see what, if any wisdom, they have to offer us when confronted with these questions. In doing so, we'll attempt to not only answer the dilemmas before us but suggest a model for what it might look like to turn to Jewish texts for guidance on pressing questions of our times. This series is appropriate for people of all learning backgrounds. Participants can pay on a sliding scale from $18 to $36 for the series.
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Taste of Rebbe Nachman with Rabbi Avi Strausberg
When? Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Where? Hamilton House (1255 Hampshire Ave NW)
In this series, we'll turn to Rebbe Nachman for his thoughts on the nature of disagreement, how to live with doubt, and the key to a happy, holy life. Our core texts will be Sihot HaRan and Likutei Moharan. This series is appropriate for people of all learning backgrounds who want a first exposure to Rebbe Nachman's teachings or want to delve a bit deeper. Participants can pay on a sliding scale from $18 to $36 for the series.
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