Rabbinic Pastor


(formerly Survey of Jewish History).

Jews have adjusted, integrated, and reinvented what it means to be Jewish for thousands of years.  Jews have experienced the world as a tiny and vulnerable nation, as prosperous and thriving minority communities, and as the threatened (and threatening) “other.” We will ask how our ancestors imagined and created community in diverse settings, how they defined their ideas, practices, and beliefs, and what the legacy of our diverse history is for our own work as Jewish Renewal leaders.

Jewish Traditions of Sacred Time

This course will cover shalosh regalim and yamim noraim, paying attention to the ways that seasons give way to seasons and moods and foci shift through time. Course goals:

1. To understand the patterns and moods of the Jewish calendar as they express agricultural, mythic-historical, halakhic, and mystical points of view.

2. To become familiar with the particular practices and liturgies associated with each of the festivals and their seasons.

Introduction to Jewish Renewal & Reb Zalman’s Thought

Crucial to a full understanding of Jewish Renewal is knowledge of the history and development of the movement, its structures, its leaders and their thought, including the principles and development of Paradigm Shift, Integral Halachah, and Davvenology.talmidim will be introduced to the rabbis and teachers who embraced Reb Zalman's thought and invitation to renew Judaism with their own unique gifts. 

Rabbinic Pastor talmidim may choose either this course or Transformative Themes in Reb Zalman's Writings to fulfill the requirement.