7 2024

S3. A Treasury of Jewish Folklore

11:00AM - 12:15PM  

Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County 450 West Nyack Road
West Nyack, NY 10994

Contact Barry Kanarek

$ Cost $ 180.00

Federation Midreshet

Spring 2024 Session

Instructor: Rabbi Daniel Pernick
10 sessions in person or online (hybrid)

Escape the stress of modern life as we travel back in time to a seemingly-simpler way of life with the Jews of the Shtetl. Through "A Treasury of Jewish Folklore," we will explore simple wisdom, humor, ethics and much more. The focus of the stories and the humor is as diverse as rabbis and robbers, fools and frauds, plus the wise and the wealthy. We will read stories of the wise people of Chelm and figures from the Bible as well.

The topics we will discuss after reading the short stories are far ranging and relevant to today, though the perspective offered will be of a time gone by. From the evil to the righteous, the miserly to the tzaddikim, those seeking marriage to those seeking God and/or Paradise, we will read, discuss and compare the perspectives of life in the old-country shtetl to those of the present.

Please join us for a lot of nostalgia, discussion, fun and opportunities for reflection as to what it all means to us in 2024/5784.