The Annual Judaic Studies “Lunch & Learn” Series Begins Its 12th Year

Submitted by Debra Goldstein on February 22, 2010

On Friday, January 29, 2010, at 12:30 p.m., Dr. Ellen Umansky began this year’s annual 10-week “Lunch & Learn” course co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Eastern Fairfield County and the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, Fairfield University.

This year’s topic is “Textually Speaking: Modern Jewish Perspectives on Judaism and Jewish Self-Identity.” Running until the end of April at the Dolan School of Business, the course attracts men and women from the surrounding community to explore this topic with Dr. Umansky through lectures and a series of primary source readings.

The first session welcomed 70 attendees and examined Jewish self-identity at the dawn of the Enlightenment, as Jews began participating and acculturating into the larger surrounding community. Future sessions will explore:

  • Zionist identity
  • The writings of Martin Buber, I.B. Singer, and Eli Wiesel
  • The impact of intermarriage

“Lunch & Learn” is also open free of charge to Fairfield University faculty and staff. For details, contact Elaine Bowman in the Bennett Center, 245 Donnarumma Hall, x2066.

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