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Contemporary Jewish Traditions Program
Contemporary Jewish Traditions Program

TULSA, OK. September 17, 2013 – The next course in the Interreligious Understanding program at Phillips Theological Seminary, Contemporary Jewish Traditions will begin on October 24, and will be led by Rabbi Charles Sherman, previously of Temple Israel in Tulsa.

The Jewish people and Judaism are both a 4,000 year-old entity and a contemporary religious community. This course will briefly explore highlights of the Jewish historical tradition and will emphasize how Jews today mark lifecycle events and observe their holiday calendar.  The rich variety of Jewish practices will be explored, as well as experiential learning opportunities provided. Students should arrive at an understanding of how their Jewish neighbors in Oklahoma worship and practice their Judaism, and what many Jews believe about important issues of life in our religiously plural world.

“America is now the most religiously plural nation in the world,” said PTS Dean and Professor of the History of Religions, Don A. Pittman, “The question is whether that diversity will enhance and enrich our lives together or tear us apart.  The paradox is that we can’t love others whom we make no attempt to understand,” said Pittman. “And, at same time, we can't understand others whom we do not first respect and love.”

The course will be held on six Thursday evenings, from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 24, November 7, November 14, November 21, December 5, and December 12, 2013.  The classes will meet at Temple Israel, 2004 East 22nd Place, Tulsa, 74114. 

This life-enrichment program is designed for adult learners of all educational backgrounds who wish to explore the religious diversity of our community, to develop their business and professional lives with greater sensitivity to cultural difference, and to engage in vital interfaith conversations to advance the public good.        

Other courses in the program will include: Contemporary Native American Traditions, Contemporary Christian Traditions, Contemporary Islamic Traditions, Contemporary Buddhist Traditions, Contemporary Hindu, Jain, and Sikh Traditions of India; Perspectives on Religious Pluralism; Reading Scripture; Religion, Literature, and the Arts; and Religion, Politics, and Law. Courses are scheduled so that a person can take two courses per semester.  Field trips may augment the class sessions. 

 Costs is $120 per course in the program. Interested individuals may contact Josh Linton, PTS Director of Student Recruitment at josh.linton@ptstulsa.edu or by telephone at (918) 270-6463. 

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