"Contemporary Jewish Traditions"
Original Course dates: October 24-December 12, 2013
Course Instructor: Rabbi Charles Sherman
Charles Philip Sherman is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as Senior Rabbi from July 1976 to July 2013, when he retired. Rabbi Sherman is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he received a Bachelor's and Master of Arts degree in Hebrew letters, and honorary doctorate in 1994. For his distinguished service to the Tulsa community and especially for his outstanding leadership in the field of interreligious understanding, Rabbi Sherman was honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2013.
The Jewish people and Judaism are both a 4,000 year-old entity and contemporary religious community. This course will briefly explore highlights of the Jewish historical tradition and will emphasize how Jews today mark life cycle events and observe their holiday calendar. The rich variety of Jewish practices will be explored, as well as experiential learning opportunities provided. Participants should arrive at an understanding of how their Jewish neighbors in Oklahoma worship and practice their Judaism, and learn what many Jews believe about important issues of life in our religiously plural world.