The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies is offering two classes the following classes for the Spring Semester of 2014:

History of Jewish Philosophy, Thursdays, from 6 – 8:40 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, taught by Dr. Halla Kim

  • The class will focus on questions related to underlying themes in Jewish philosophy such as faith and knowledge, Kabbalah, salvation, Modernity, Autonomy, nothingness, Cherem, Shoah, matter and mind, etc. The class will begin with an analysis of the Biblical background to Jewish philosophy and will move through philosophers such as Philo of Alexendria, Moses Maimonides, Baruch Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn and many more. The course will conclude with the reflections of Omaha’s Saul Kripke on language, world and human nature. (Listed as PHIL3500-004)

Survival and Multiculturalism: Israeli Identity in Visual Culture, Tuesdays, from 4:30 – 7:10 p.m. on the UNO campus, taught by Dr. Anat Gilboa

  • The course will focus on five core themes that define modern Israeli identity: religion, the history of the Shoah; war and conflict; societal challenges of a multi-ethnic country; and the rebirth of the Hebrew language. These themes significantly informed the evolution of an idiosyncratic narrative in Israeli visual culture. Israeli expression and self-perception are represented in different artistic mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, animation and cinema in Israel today. (Listed as ART 4930-005, HIST 4910-005)

UNO offers a special discount for those 60 years of age or older: The Senior “Passport” program. Those 60 years of age and older can enroll in UNO’s “Passport” program at a cost of $25 per year, enabling seniors to audit up to six classes per year.

Registration for these classes is through the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The classes are being promoted by the Center for Jewish Life (CJL), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, as part of its mission to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling, and meaningful Jewish experiences.