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Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary Spaces: Sacred Space in Judaism

Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary Spaces: Sacred Space in Judaism

with Rabbi Adam Zeff

Tuesdays at 7 PM - October 3, 10 & 17

$60/GJC members, $75/non-members

The embattled status of immigration policy in the United States has led
to greater interest in the idea that cities and houses of worship might
provide “sanctuary” in different ways to those whose right to be in the
country may be contested by the federal government. In this class we
will explore the idea of sacred space in Jewish thought, from the
Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the wilderness to the Temple in Jerusalem to
Israel and the modern synagogue. How do certain spaces change the people in them and those outside them? What kind of protection or refuge can they provide? And how might Judaism provide a reference point for our current struggles? No prior knowledge is assumed, and all texts will be studied in English. 

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