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Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies

Founded in the early 1980s, the Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies (LIJS) is the fruit of a longstanding collaboration between the Adult Education committees of Temple Isaiah and Temple Emunah. The LIJS provides classes in Jewish history, the Bible, sacred Jewish text and Judaic culture and is open to the entire community regardless of affiliation.

Spring 2019 Program:
Out of Bounds: LIJS's Third Annual Course on Jewish Film

Teacher: Professor Jonathan Krasner
Dates: Wednesdays March 27 ("Hester Street", 1975); April 3 ("The Chosen", 1981)                and April 10 ("Yentl", 1983)
Time: 7:45pm, refreshments, Class 8pm-9:30pm
Location: Temple Isaiah
Fee: $50

"Men may change their clothes....(but) they cannot change their grandfathers." So wrote Jewish philosopher Horace Kallen in 1915.  A century later, this is no longer quite true. We live in a world where identity is increasingly a matter of choice rather than a function of birth. This year, the LIJS Jews in Film course takes boundary-crossing as its theme. The films we will discuss center around how modernity challenges Jews to become a "choosing people", not simply a chosen people.

Please watch the films in advance of our discussion (copies are available in the Religious School office to check out).

Please register by sending a note with your name, email and phone number, and a check payable to the Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies to: Bob Frankel, 3 Kimball Road, Lexington, MA 02421.

​​​​​​​Fall 2018 Program
Selected Short Stories of Shmuel Yosef Agnon,
Israel’s Nobel Laureate in Literature 

Teachers: Michael Bohnen and David Link
Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, and 31, November  7 and 14
Time: 7:45 pm Kosher refreshments; 8:00 pm  class
Location: Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Rd, Lexington, MA
Fee: $75

During the course we will read and discuss six short stories of Shmuel Yosef Agnon in English translation. Participants will be asked to read one or two short stories and one article prior to each session. All the stories (except one) are in A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories. The articles (and one extra story) will be available via Dropbox. Learn More/Register for Fall 2018 Program


Wed, July 17 2019 14 Tammuz 5779