As the next presenter in the Center for Jewish Life’s Friday Learning Series, Dr. Anat Gilboa turned toward Genesis 28, verse 14 for the inspiration of her class “The Celestial Promise to Jacob: Exploring Four Sites in Israel.” The verse describes God’s promise to Jacob that “…thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” and provides a four-compass point basis for a refreshing look at Israel.

Dr. Gilboa, visiting scholar with the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, further explained the class. “While inspired by this biblical passage, my mini-class will be more of a celebration of the variety that is Israel.”

Gilboa’s classes will be part travelogue, part history, and part sociology, all sprinkled with personal observation and first-hand appreciation of the diversity that is Israel. “Israel is like so many things. We may first see it as one thing – but as we come to know it and appreciate it better, we see that there are so many aspects and differences that make this country what it is,” said Gilboa.

The three-part series will meet on April 4, 11, 18 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. The class fee is $26, or $21 for donors to the Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Campaign.

To register, email mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org or call 402-334-6462.

“The Celestial Promise to Jacob: Exploring Four Sites in Israel” is part of the Friday Learning Series presented through the Center for Jewish Life, whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.