Eat, Love, Pray the Jewish Way: From a Cultural Perspective

Eat, Love, Pray the Jewish Way: From a Cultural Perspective

Monday - 11:00am

First Class: 1/9/23

Last Class: 2/13/23


Instructor: Melissa Starr Wenig

Course leader Rabbi Melissa Starr Wenig taught this class at PCU last year and enjoyed the interaction of her students so much that she is offering this class again. She also taught this class twice at OLI. She has been a teacher, prayer leader, and ritualist, guiding people through all the life cycle events. She graduated from the ALEPH Seminary for the renewal of Judaism and was a spiritual leader at B'nai Or of Boston. She also served as Interim rabbi at Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, MA. Teaching and ritual making are her current passions. Before entering the seminary, she taught elementary school, served as communications director at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, MA, and was associate web services director at Northeastern University in Boston. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Boston University. You can find out more about her at

Course Description

This class welcomes people of all faiths to explore the cultural roots of a tradition that has evolved over 2000 years. As one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Jewish traditions reflect a rich and diverse culture. In this class we will discuss what, where and how these traditions evolved and how they express themselves today. Food has always been important in Jewish life—whether from Spain or Ukraine or sourced in the bible. Love is likewise central, as is seen through the X-rated poetry of The Song of Songs, the love stories in the Hebrew Bible, and the lessons Jewish tradition offers about love in our daily lives. And finally, the flowering of ancient prayer and meditation practices and attempts to renew classical liturgy through song and poetry.

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