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Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach

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A Multi-Faceted View of the Bible – Jonah

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach
190 N. County Rd.
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Wednesday Morning Adult Education

A Multi-Faceted View of the Bible

About Our Classes:

Please join us for five special sessions of collaboration between Rabbi David Blumenfeld and Dr. Haviva Langenauer on multi-faceted ways to read the Bible.  The Rabbi Blumenfeld’s class is at 10:00am and Dr. Langenauer’s class is at 11:00am. Each one-hour session may be taken by itself, or stay for both sessions so you can compare and contrast the different ways Judaism looks at a particular text in our Tradition. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a wonderful morning of learning and discussion!

Knowledge of Hebrew is not required.


Session #1   10:00am-11:00am
Rabbi David Blumenfeld
“Jonah – A Whale of a Tale”

The Jonah narrative stands out as one of the most powerful insights into human nature and the quest for human understanding. Its message is universal. Come get “swallowed up” by this classic tale and gain new insights that will stay with you forever.

Session #2   11:00am-12:00pm
Dr. Haviva Langenauer
“Northern Kingdom, Minor Prophets, and the Reading of the Book of Jonah”


About the Instructors:

Rabbi David Blumenfeld

Rabbi David L. Blumenfeld (Ph.D., DHL) was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, and studied Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. degree from New York University in the field of Near Eastern Languages and Literature and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree, “honoris causa” from JTS.

Rabbi Blumenfeld served as spiritual leader of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove, NY. He afterwards served with distinction as the Founding Executive Director of the New York Holocaust Memorial Commission that created the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park (N.Y.C.).


Dr. Haviva D. Langenauer

She earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College, a Bachelor of Religious Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and advanced degrees in science, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. She held a research fellowship at Harvard University and was invited to the Weizmann Institute a Visiting Scientist.

Dr. Langenauer is a dedicated member of Temple Emanu-El where she innovated numerous programs, including the Veterans History Project, Oral Histories of our Veterans for the Library of Congress, and Treasures of the Temple, a study of the Temple’s stained glass windows and Judaica.

Most of all she loves to study Bible and to share her enthusiasm with her students.


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