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The History of the Jewish People
The Jewish story is a rich, dynamic saga of creativity, courage, struggle, persecution, overcoming, building, and changing the world – a saga more than two millennia in the making. Over the course of the year, our clergy and a variety of prominent guest teachers will guide us on a journey through the ages, experiences, events, places, and people – from Abraham and Sarah to medieval Europe to modern America and the State of Israel – that have shaped our collective history.
Classes will be from 10 - 11:30 a.m. All classes will be held at Temple Israel.

Patriarchs & Matriarchs
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
August 23

Slaves to Egypt
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
August 30

Exodus & Sinai
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
September 27

The Age of the Judges
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
October 4

Kings & Prophets
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
October 11

Exile & Return
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
October 18

Maccabees & Hasmoneans
Taught by: Curtis Hutt, Associate Professor and Special Projects Coordinator at the Schwalb Center at UNO
October 25

Hellenism
Taught by: Leonard Greenspoon, Professor and Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University
November 1

The Roman Destruction
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
November 8

The Birth of Christianity
Taught by: Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes of Countryside Community Church
November 15

The Age of the Mishnah & Talmud
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
November 29

An Islamic View of the Middle Ages
Taught by: Imam Jamal Daoudi of AMI
December 6

Jews in the Muslim World
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
December 13

The Golden Age of Spain
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
December 20

Rashi & the French School
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
January 3

The Crusades
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
January 10

Reconquista & Inquisition
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
January 17

The Church Fathers & the Jews
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
January 24

Martin Luther & the Jews
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
January 31

Jews & the Italian Renaissance
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
February 7

Tzfat & the Kabbalah
Taught by: Rabbi Aryeh Azriel
February 14

Shabbetai Zvi: The False Messiah
Taught by: Rabbi Aryeh Azriel
February 21

The Birth of Hasidism
Taught by: Rabbi Mendel Katzman
February 28

Shtetl Life in Eastern Europe
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
March 7

The Age of the Court Jew
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
March 14

The Persian Diaspora: The Story of Purim
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
March 21
Enlightenment in Western Europe
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
March 28

Antisemitism & the Dreyfus Affair
Taught by: Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue
April 4

Theodor Herzl & Political Zionism
Taught by: Rabbi Aryeh Azriel
April 11

Ahad HaAm & Cultural Zionism
Taught by: Rabbi Aryeh Azriel
April 18

The Weimar Republic & the Rise of Hitler
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
April 25

The Holocaust
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
May 2

Establishment of the State of Israel
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
May 9

The Jews of Azerbaijan
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
May 16

The Jews of Georgia (the Country)
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
May 23

Interfaith Cooperation in the United States
Taught by: Rev. Bud Heckman, Executive Director of the Tri-Faith Initiative
May 30

The American Jewish Experience, Part 1
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
June 6

The American Jewish Experience, Part 2
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
June 13

Israel Today, Part 1
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
June 20

Israel Today, Part 2
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
June 27