Wise Learning at Home

You don’t need to go far to learn something new.

From hundreds of miles away, experience great thinkers and ideas up close and personal. 

How many times has your interest been piqued by a speaker or topic on Judaism, only for you to learn that the lecture was happening in New York, L.A. or even Israel?

Wise Learning at Home brings conversations with the world’s most renowned Jewish thinkers directly to you via video conferencing.

  • Please register using the red registration buttons. You will be emailed more information several days before class.

Questions? Contact Terri Snavely, 513.793.2997.

2021-22 Schedule

Kosher Soul: Race, Judaism and Food

  • Michael Twitty
  • November 11

An inspired food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian and TED speaker, Michael Twitty makes no bones about the complexity of his identity. Black, devoutly Jewish and openly gay, Twitty is a man with a mission on a journey to bring our diversity to the table and demonstrate how our food connects us. And, indeed, with his creative hybrid specialties like black-eyed pea hummus, mac ‘n’ cheese kugel and matzo ball gumbo, Twitty continues to carve a unique culinary niche that merges the elements of African American/Southern Antebellum and Jewish cuisine.

How to Talk with Your Children and Grandchildren about Race

  • Marcella White Campbell
  • December 9

This session is dedicated to sharing best practices for raising and caring for compassionate and understanding children and grandchildren, as it relates to race. Marcella White Campbell, through the organization she leads, Bechol Lashon, helps navigate multicultural Jewish spaces, such as our own, and facilitates critical identity discussions. On this special evening, she will also address how diversity and inclusivity in the Jewish community benefit both our children and all Jews.

Jewish and Christian Texts that Both Unite and Divide Us

  • Dr. Amy Jill-Levine and Dr. Mark Zvi Brettler
  • January 16

Although Jews and Christians share common books in the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Old Testament, we read our shared stories in different ways.  Differences in translation, punctuation, definitions, theology, emphasis and even canonical order all lead to differences in community self-definition. What prompts these differences, and what do they suggest about Jewish and Christian priorities? Among the items to be discussed:  the “virgin birth,” Isaiah’s “suffering servant,” the Deity who speaks in the plural in Genesis (“Let us make humankind in our image”), views of Adam and Eve, understandings of the land of Israel, the interpretation of the book Psalms, and the role of Law.  Appreciating these issues is necessary if we are to understand our neighbors for whom a text both unites us and divides us.

On Israel

  • Dr. Michal Peles-Almagor
  • February 13

At the time of this printing, the “matzav” or current situation in Israel (both geo-politically and with regard to its national politics) is changing so rapidly that Dr. Peles-Almagor is willing to be flexible on the precise title and description for this special class with a distinguished consultant of the renowned ICenter and postdoc at the beloved Hebrew University. Please watch your correspondence in the winter for the announced title.

A Life of Meaning: In A Time Such As This, How Can Religion Ground Us Authentically?

  • Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan
  • March 13

The world has been changing at such a rapid pace because of technological innovation, but now we are also going through a pandemic far more disruptive than anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Many of us are searching for ways to understand what we are going through, trying to make sense of what our lives might stand for and what life itself is and could be. Religion and spirituality can work together to help us search effectively for existential meaning—and are more applicable than ever. As we emerge from the coronavirus quarantine and the huge trauma associated with it, it is inevitable that we will look at all of life and certainly our religious experience with different eyes.