Connect & Learn: What Makes a Text Essential? Expanding the Jewish Canon

Presented by Spertus Institute and JPro Chicago, Connect & Learn is an online, community-building, professional development series.

Connect & Learn workshops offer participants around the world a chance to join Spertus students and alumni for lively sessions on topics key to Jewish professional life today.

Build skills you can apply immediately to your life and work. Become part of a network of learners and Jewish community leaders.

Sessions are online, live, interactive, and collaborative.

Each session includes time to connect, network, meet new colleagues, and strengthen relationships. Programs take place via Zoom. Ticket holders will receive login instructions by email 24 hours in advance.


What Makes a Text Essential? Expanding the Jewish Canon

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
12:30 to 1:30 PM CT

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Jews are known as the “people of the book,” although we could easily argue that “people of the books” might be more accurate. Texts such as the Bible, Talmud, and Guide for the Perplexed have long been considered essential. With Dr. Claire Sufrin, Editor of Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, explore what contemporary books we might want to include in an expanded Jewish canon.

Claire Sufrin

Spertus faculty member Dr. Claire Sufrin leads this session.

Dr. Claire Sufrin is Editor of Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas and Senior Editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Before joining the Hartman Institute, Dr. Sufrin was Associate Professor of Instruction in Jewish Studies and Assistant Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. A member of the Spertus faculty, she has also taught at Stanford University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Notre Dame, and Northeastern University in Boston. With Yehuda Kurtzer, she co-edited The New Jewish Canon, called “rich, lively and illuminating” by Jewish Journal.

Connect & Learn is presented in partnership with JPro Chicago.

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This series is presented under the auspices of Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership, supported in part by a generous grant from the Crown Family.

This is an Alex and Klara Tulsky Presentation on the Jewish Future. The series is free thanks to their generosity and the support of donors like you!

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