Is This Any Way to Run a Country? Kings, Prophets & Priests in Biblical Israel

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Presented by Steve Kerbel, Jewish Education Consultant

Jewish self-rule in ancient Israel was a delicate balance that we will look at carefully with ancient texts and our modern perspectives. It involved negotiating the inherent conflicts between kingdom and empire building, religious particularism, and the wants and needs of the people being ruled. We will start with King Solomon and study Kings I and II, Chronicles I and II, and other sources.

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 AM

October 30 | November 6, 13, 20 | December 4, 11, 18

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Steve is the principal of Steven Kerbel Educational Consulting in Rockville, Maryland. Among Steve’s current clients, he is a project director for the Center for Israel Education at Emory University in Atlanta and has also coordinated educational programming forInternational Conventions of United Synagogue Youth. Before this, he served as Director of Education for Congregation B’nai Tzedek and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland for a combined 14 years. Prior to this Steve was the inaugural Retreat Director of Capital Camps & Retreat Center. Steve has also been a full-time faculty member at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville and an educational consultant to the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Steve is currently a national vice president of the Jewish Educators Assembly, the organization of conservative movement Jewish educators.

In what seems like a different lifetime, Steve earned a law degree and was in the private practice of law for eight years. Steve is an alum of University of Maryland, College Park, where he met his wife, Judy, and they have two daughters. Among Steve’s consulting activities, he facilitates wine tastings featuring Israeli wines and teaches about the geography of diversity of Israel through its wines and wine makers.

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