2 Iyyar 5777
28 April 2017
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London School of Jewish Studies
Who is Welcome

Who is Welcome? The Challenge of Inclusion for Orthodoxy

  • Subject: Jewish Culture
  • Start date: 7 June
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Day(s): Wednesday
  • Start time: 8:00 pm
  • End time: 9:30 pm

From the earliest times, rabbinic leaders have had to work out how to respond to nonconforming groups within Judaism. Where possible, they have tried to find ways to be inclusive. However, new and evolving social attitudes towards gender
and sexual identity continue to test the resilience of Orthodoxy.

In this course, Rabbi Birnbaum will sensitively and methodically explore this subject and facilitate discussion of three vital questions: What are the key issues of inclusion facing the Jewish community today? Does traditional Judaism contain the resources to respond? Are ‘inclusivism’ and Orthodoxy really compatible?

7 June
Medieval struggles: Karaites, apostates and unbelievers

14 June
Birth of modernity: how Orthodoxy responded to progressive Jews

21 June
Inclusion today: rabbinic responses to less or non-observant Jews

28 June
Future Challenges: can Orthodoxy accommodate 21st-century cultural issues and attitudes?