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Lexington Institute for Jewish Studies  

Lexington Institute for Jewish Studies

The Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies

Founded over twenty years ago, 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.


Fall 2017

Rachel Korazim

Thursday evening, October 26th, 2017 (at Temple Emunah)

Dr. Rachel Korazim is a freelance Jewish education consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Until 2008 she was the Academic Director of Distance learning programs at The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Department of Education. Born in Israel, she served in the I.D.F as an officer in the central training base for women and later was a member of the I.D.F delegation to Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish education.  Rachel has vast experience in Jewish education both in Israel and the Diaspora. As one of the founders and directors of a special program for soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds, she was responsible for creating the educational framework and trained teachers for the implementation of the program. Since her first Shlichut to Canada where she was the head of JAFI delegation from (1985 to 1988) she is involved with Jewish education worldwide; creating and implementing in-service training programs for educators, writing educational materials, counseling and teaching.  Rachel is familiar, through many visits, with the Jewish education communities of the US, Canada, Latin America and Europe. Since 1990 she has invested a lot of her time and energy in helping the emerging Jewish schools of Hungary. Rachel teaches at Israel’s well-known learning centers such as Pardes and the Shalom Harman Institutes as well as numerous world Jewish communities.


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

Wednesday eveningsNovember 8th, 15th, 29th and December 13th (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.”

Dr. David Bernat is the Executive Director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and a Lecturer in Judaic Studies at UMass Amherst.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation from     Brandeis University. Dr. Bernat is the author of “Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Traditions,” co-editor of “Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage” (with Jonathan Klawans, BU and previous Me’ah faculty member) and editor of the forthcoming “Sharpened Arrows: Violence in Rabbinic Discourse.” He has been with the Me’ah program  since 1997, and planned and led Meah's summer Israel Study tour.  His research focuses on ritual and violence in Jewish texts and traditions.


Spring 2018

March 7, 14 and 21 : Details coming soon!

For additional information, contact Bob Frankel (sfrankel@rcn.com). 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.