HUC-JIR/NY Venue for "Exodus Revolution" Program

Monday, March 3, 2008


A Six-Part Series on Michael Walzer's Exodus and Revolution 

"Wherever people know the Bible, and experience oppression, the Exodus has sustained their spirits and (sometimes) inspired their resistance."
– Michael Walzer, Exodus and Revolution 

Do you have the same conversations at your Passover Seder, year after year? Are you looking for something that might spice things up this time around? 

Do you crave substantive and meaningful Jewish learning in community? 

If so, here's the program you've been waiting for! 

Exodus and Revolution, by Michael Walzer, traces the dynamics of revolution, redemption and liberation through the biblical story of the Israelites leaving Egypt for the Promised Land. It also examines later retellings of Exodus by diverse groups including classical rabbinic interpreters and political actors who used the story as the rallying point for their own revolutionary struggles – from African American resistance to slavery and Jim Crow, to the British and French Revolutions, to the guerilla liberators of various Latin American countries. 

Over the course of 6 weeks together, we will unpack Exodus and Revolution through intensive learning in chevrutah (in pairs) and through facilitated discussions that will be guided by some of NYC's leading scholars and activists. 

You will have a chance to learn with and from a roster of inspiring rabbis and social justice educators, including: 

Aaron Dorfman, Director of Education, American Jewish World Service
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Mechon Hadar
Rabbi David Rosenn, Founder and Executive Director, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Daniel Septimus, Editor in Chief,
Dara Silverman, Executive Director, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Co-Founder and North American Director, Encounter
Shmuly Yanklowitz, Co-Founder, Uri L'Tzedek 

Rabbi Brent Spodek, the Marshall T. Meyer Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, will open and close the series by teaching the introduction and conclusion. Teams of rabbis and educators (including those listed above) will teach the four chapters in between. 

Dates: Weekly, starting on Wednesday March 12th and ending on Wednesday, April 16th (March 12th, 19th, and 26th and April 2nd, 9th, and 16th).
**The course will end just in time for you to bring your newfound insights to your Passover Seder! 

Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion @ 1 W.4th Street (corner Broadway), near Washington Square
Book: Exodus and Revolution by Michael Walzer 

RSVP: Audrey Sasson at 212.792.2871 or

This program is brought to you by AJWS, AVODAH, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Encounter, Uri L'Tzedek, Mechon Hadar, JFREJ, and 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.