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CANCELLED “Man’s Quest for God” CSC Class

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Coastal Senior College class, “Man’s Quest for God: Exploring Jewish Prayer” which was to begin on Thursday, October 20, has been cancelled due to illness. 

Contact the Coastal Senior College for more information. About the class: While the origins of Jewish prayer are found in the Hebrew Bible, today’s prayer book took shape after the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. The class will examine how the sages of the Talmud gradually crafted a liturgy of praise, petition, and yearning; discuss its underlying theology; and explore fundamental questions such as whether a non-believer can pray. The class will also listen to the recordings of Ashkenazic cantorial music, North African religious poetry, Sephardic chants and Hassidic “soul-songs”, and consider how neo-Hassidic rabbis and folk singers are influencing Jewish liturgy today. Class Limit 50.

Instructor Steve Shaw is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied both philosophy and forestry.  He holds a rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where, for many years, he served as Director of the Seminary’s Department of Community Education.  Most recently, he worked as a philanthropic consultant, dealing with Israel’s Bedouin Arab community in the Negev.  Steve now makes his home in Waldoboro, Maine.

prayerx240Call the Senior College at 207-596-6906 or 1-800-286-1594 or visit their website to enroll.


This is my prayer to You, my God:
Let not my spirit wither and shrivel
in its thirst for You . . .
–Hillel Bavli

[Photo credit Abraham Menashe]

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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