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Exploring the Dignity of Difference

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 • 2 Tevet 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

2. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 • 8 Shevat 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

3. Wednesday, February 14, 2018 • 29 Shevat 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

4. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 • 5 Nisan 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

5. Sunday, April 8, 2018 • 23 Nisan 5778

6:30 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

6. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 • 10 Iyyar 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue
Past Sessions
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 • 26 Cheshvan 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Beth Tikvah Synagogue

The “Clash of Civilizations” is a hypothesis, first articulated by Samuel Huntington, that the differences in people's cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world. In The Dignity of Difference (first published in 2002), Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers a faith-based overview and evaluation of globalization and an inspiring declaration of what Judaism has to offer to avoid this clash. One reviewer called The Dignity of Difference “a profound work of cultural and spiritual perspicacity.”

The chapter titles give a picture of the thematic sweep of this impressive work: Control: The Imperative of Responsibility; Contribution: The Moral Case for the Market Economy; Compassion: The Idea of Tzedakah; Creativity: the Imperative of Education; Co-operation: Civil Society and its Institutions; Conservation: Environmental Sustainability; Conciliation: The Power of a Word to Change the World; and A Covenant of Hope.

Rabbi Michael Swarttz, will lead the class.  He says, “To my mind Rabbi Sacks is one of the great thinkers and teachers in today’s Jewish world. This class will be an in-depth exploration of Sack’s thesis and arguments. I intend it to not be a lecture-based class, but rather a discussion and dialogue among informed participants who will read the assigned chapters in advance of our class sessions. “  A web page will be created to post questions and comments and to stimulate dialogue between classes.

Participants will need to purchase the book on their own and read the assigned chapters prior to each session. 

The cost for this class is $200 for members of Beth Tikvah Synagogue and $225 for non-members. There is a $50 discount for couples ($25/person).  Please use the registration form below.

Beth Tikvah members must be logged into the website to receive the member discount. If you are having trouble logging into your account, please send an email to EJ Dotts, the website administrator.

The deadline for registration is November 1.

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Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778