Course Details

961: Jewish Poets on Jewish Themes

July 10-13
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Joshua November is a Rabbi in New Jersey and Marge Piercy is a political activist from Cape Cod. Both have published books of collected poems about their Jewish traditions, including God’s Optimism (November) and The Art of Blessing the Day (Piercy). We will read and discuss some of their poems, inquiring what they reveal about their “Jewishness” and how their poetry relates to our own lives and religious/philosophical inclinations, whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, other, or none. While the emphasis will be on discussion, participants will be encouraged (not required) to keep a diary, or write notes, or write poems to share with the group.

Class Type: Reading and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Gerry Hendershot

Gerry Hendershot is retired from college teaching and government service in statistics and demography. He has been a leader and co-leader of OLLI study groups on ekphrastic poetry, African-American poets, and American women poets. He is the author of poetry collections on DC Metro riders and on the Christian Gospels.