Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality
Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality

The Joseph Saga

Trauma and Healing

May 26-29, 2008

Co-sponsored by the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El
and The Open Bet Midrash of Hebrew College

This course will explore the intergenerational effects of traumatic experience in the narratives of Joseph and his brothers. Beginning with the relationship of Isaac and Jacob, Avivah will discuss the effects of the Akeda (the Binding of Isaac) on three generations. She will use midrashic and hasidic sources, as well as material from psychoanalysis and literature to aid in this exploration.

Teachers and students from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College will lead daily prayer and facilitate a daily Beit Midrash (partnership learning).

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Avivah ZornbergAvivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of Genesis: The Beginning of Desire (for which she won the National Jewish Book Award) and The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus; and of a number of articles. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. For the past twenty years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at MaTaN, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults; she also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish and academic settings in the U.S. and the UK; she is currently working on a volume of essays on the rabbinic unconscious in biblical interpretation.

Rabbi Ebn Leader is the Director of the Bet Midrash at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He grew up in Jerusalem, where he learned talmud and halacha with Rabbi David Hartman. He is the co-editor of God in All Moments: Mystical & Practical Wisdom from Hasidic Masters.

Rabbi Claudia Kreiman is the assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA. Claudia was ordained by the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem and was the Rabbi of NOAM (Youth Movement of the Conservative Movement) in Israel and of Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. She was a Rikma fellow and was the Israeli Rabbinic Fellow at BJ in Manhattan.

Dr. Jonah Steinberg is Associate Dean and Director of Academic Development at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has received the New Scholar Award from the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

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