F603 Winter 2020 The Co-evolution of Passover and Easter
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 29–Feb. 19
Instructors: Gilah Goldsmith, John Rybicki
Every spring, Jews and Christians celebrate the core narratives of their respective faith communities. These holidays are intimately connected, and over time their meanings and how they are observed have evolved, often in response to the changing relationships between the two communities. As Jews retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and Christians commemo-rate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, both communities affirm their spiritual and cultural identities. In this course we will explore the foundations of these two festivals and the ways their celebrations have developed, reflecting changes in the understanding of what they mean.
Gilah Goldsmith is a retired government attorney with an abiding interest in Jewish studies. She has led the Beth El Hebrew Congregation's weekly Torah discussion group for over 30 years and has taught a number of courses at OLLI. John Rybicki has been an OLLI contributor for over 20 years. He received a master of theology degree from St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at Balamand University. Rybicki served as a pastoral associate at the Riderwood Retirement Community in Maryland where he was responsible for religious education and facilitating Jewish-Christian dialogue.