Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

The Torah Awakens: Star Wars and Jewish Tradition

Monday, December 21, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Washington DCJCC
1529 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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Is there Judaism in Star Wars? "Search your feelings; you know it to be true!" Don't think so? "I find your lack of faith disturbing."

Clearly, "much to learn you still have." Join us for a light-hearted evening discussion with fellow Star Wars fans. We'll review favorite scenes and themes from the Star Wars movies and see how they align with ancient Jewish texts.

Bring your questions, fan theories, and skepticism. Light sabers, ability with the force, and prior knowledge not required (though some familiarity with the Star Wars universe may be helpful).


Dr. Alan Gersch earned a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Computer Science from Columbia University. He studied Judaics at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, and has taught Bible and Talmud in his community for over two decades. He is a Research Associate for the Digital Mishnah project of the UMD Jewish Studies Dept./MITH, and he's been studying Star Wars for far longer than the stars.

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This class is part of Jewish Explorations, our new series of Jewish learning opportunities!

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