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Lexington Institute for Jewish Studies

Founded in the early 1980s, the 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.

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“On the Way to the City”– Convoys, Secret Roads and Metal Relics on the Way to Jerusalem with Dr. Rachel Korazim

Thursday, October 26, 7:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (at Temple Emunah); $15

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel – it may be worthwhile to explore those historical pre state days, when a few hundred thousand Jews, many of them Holocaust survivors, have taken upon themselves the heavy
responsibility to secure its independence. We also tend to take for granted the fact that Jerusalem is the nation’s capital, forgetting the hard battle it took to make it so. . . . Read More


In the Footsteps of our Ancestors: An Archaeological Journey
with David Bernat, PhD

Wednesdays, November 8, 15, and 29 and December 13, 7:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
 (at Temple Isaiah); 

The course is intended to bring the “Stones and Bones” of our people alive.  Through visually oriented presentations, and tangible “show and tell,” we will use the evidence of archaeology, along with authoritative texts, to tell the stories of our origins. The sessions will focus on pivotal and exciting episodes in our early history, with topics such as “David and Goliath: Myth or History,” “The Assyrian Siege of Jerusalem and the Building of Hezekiah’s Tunnel,” “The Rise and Fall of the Maccabean Dynasty,”  “Herod Master Builder: Hero or Despot?" and “The Jewish Revolts and the Destruction of the Temple.” . . .  Read More


The Dreams of American Jews in Film with Jonathan Krasner

Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 21, (at Temple Emunah); $45

Refreshments: 7:45pm-8pm       Class 8pm-9pm

American Jews have been dreaming about the Land of Israel for as long as there have been Jews in America. Every year at the seder we say "L'shanah Haba'ah b'Yerushalayim," "Next Year in Jerusalem." But the actual American encounter with Israel has often been far more complex than American Jewish dreams. In fact, we can say that the American Jews' evolving image of Zion through the decades tells us a lot more about American Jews themselves than it does about Israel. Join us as we explore these questions through three Hollywood films: Exodus (1960), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), Munich (2005). Please note: Students are asked to watch these films prior to class. They will be available for short-term reserve from the Temple Isaiah school office and he Temple Emunah library. . . Read More

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

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