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Alumni Forum

Alumni Forum

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

$25 | $20 for Spertus members | $10 for students and Spertus alumni 
Includes kosher lunch 

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This is the second in a series of programs by Spertus alumni, in which they present the results of their research. It is open to alumni, students, and the public.

On the Walls and Through the Windows

Presented by Rabbi Dr. Jodi Kornfeld, Spertus Institute DSJS 2015

When we think about Jewish art, we think about paintings, mosaics, and murals, sculpture and architectural spaces, and objects used for holidays and rituals. These form the collective output of the creative impulse of Jews and their communities. But Jewish art is also a window into the cultures of Jews over time and geography. As such it can be not only decorative or utilitarian, but subversive or polemical. It can provide insight into the interaction between Jewish communities and the wider cultures in which they exist.

Rabbi Jodi KornfieldRabbi Dr. Jodi Kornfeld received her Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute.

She was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, is the rabbi of Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community in Deerfield, and currently serves as President of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis.

Image at left

Mosaic floor of sixth-century synagogue Beth Alpha near Beit She’an, Israel. Rabbi Kornfeld will discuss its imagery, including this central panel depicting the signs of the zodiac and the Hellenistic Sun-God Helios, along with other examples of Jewish art.

About Alumni Forum

At Spertus, we believe in the value of Jewish thought, history, and experiences for contemporary society. Our programs blend quality Jewish education with practical, real-world application. Our Alumni Forum series features Spertus graduates whose work provides insights for personal and professional growth.