Events Calendar

 

 

Feb
20
Mon
Jewish Arguments Against Christianity Lecture
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rebecca Moore has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University, where her specialty was Jewish and Christian dialogue. She has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish biblical commentary.

Feb
22
Wed
Jewish Arguments Against Christianity: The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am

Rebecca Moore has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University, where her specialty was Jewish and Christian dialogue. She has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish biblical commentary. She co-authored the book A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity with SDSU colleague Risa Levitt Kohn. Dr. Moore also studies New Religious Movements, where she has concentrated on interpreting a group called Peoples Temple and the events at Jonestown, Guyana that occurred in November 1978.

Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The past two decades have seen religion emerge as a central force in world politics and a frequent instigator of global conflict. We have witnessed multiple manifestations of global Islamist terror and have seen both Muslim and Jewish religious ideologies increasingly mainstreamed into political governance in ways that tend to fuel and exacerbate conflicts. This re-emergence of God as a dominant force in world affairs, moreover, is not only relegated to the Middle East. Religion is also playing an increasingly influential and often contentious role in political discourse and public policy in the United States.

If religion is supposed to guard our best human virtues, why does it so often lead to war and injustice? When God enters the conversation and dictates human ethical and social norms, is this a force for good or evil? For moral progress or moral corruption? What are the consequences of faith?

Join us as we examine Donniel Hartman’s radical and provocative notion that religion has an “autoimmune disease,” a critical flaw that leads to its misuse. We will discuss the “disease’s” two main symptoms: “God intoxication” and “God manipulation,” and Hartman’s “cure” for their pathology.

Mar
1
Wed
Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The past two decades have seen religion emerge as a central force in world politics and a frequent instigator of global conflict. We have witnessed multiple manifestations of global Islamist terror and have seen both Muslim and Jewish religious ideologies increasingly mainstreamed into political governance in ways that tend to fuel and exacerbate conflicts. This re-emergence of God as a dominant force in world affairs, moreover, is not only relegated to the Middle East. Religion is also playing an increasingly influential and often contentious role in political discourse and public policy in the United States.

If religion is supposed to guard our best human virtues, why does it so often lead to war and injustice? When God enters the conversation and dictates human ethical and social norms, is this a force for good or evil? For moral progress or moral corruption? What are the consequences of faith?

Join us as we examine Donniel Hartman’s radical and provocative notion that religion has an “autoimmune disease,” a critical flaw that leads to its misuse. We will discuss the “disease’s” two main symptoms: “God intoxication” and “God manipulation,” and Hartman’s “cure” for their pathology.

Mar
5
Sun
Building the Holy Place: An Afternoon of Chanting and Meditation
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As we cultivate connection between us in spiritual community, we must also do the work of creating holy connection inside our hearts. It is that inner work which will form the foundation for our work in community. In this experiential workshop we will study the model of the Mishkan in the Book of Exodus as the key to our liberation, as we build a place for God to dwell within us, between us and among us.

Mar
16
Thu
Sanford Lakoff, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Political Science Speaks at Beth Israel
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Sanford Lakoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UCSD, where he continues to teach. For a number of years he has offered an undergraduate course on the Government and Politics of the Middle East. He has lectured at many universities and public forums in North America and is the author or editor of 13 books and more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters.

Apr
20
Thu
DayTimers Series: Rabbi Alyson Solomon at Beth Israel
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Rabbi Alyson Solomon speaks at Congregation Beth Israel.