Adult Education

The David Weissman Institute at the Bronfman Jewish

Education Centre

Judaism in the New Testament


DATE/TIME: Wednesdays, April 22 to June 3, 2019; 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
NB: No class on April 29 – Yorn Ha’ Atzmaut
LOCATION: 1 Cummings Square, 5th floor, BJEC Classroom
TEACHER: Rabbi Avi Finegold


For many Jews, the New Testament is the “other” bible, the one used by Christians. But what many people do not realize is that it is filled with references to Judaism. Jesus was a Jew, living in the Second Temple era in Jerusalem and he had many interactions with the rabbis around him. As such, the New Testament has many clues about Jewish life that are absent from rabbinic literature of the   time.

Join us as we look at key sections of the New Testament with an eye towards what we can learn about Judaism and Jews, as Jews. We will be providing all readings and relying primarily on sections from the Annotated Jewish  New Testament by Amy Jill Levine and Marc Brettler.


Biographical Notes – Rabbi Avi Finegold

Avi Finegold is a Montrealer who received his rabbinic ordination more than 1 O years ago. Until 2013, he worked in adult Jewish education in Chicago, where he taught in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and was a guest lecturer at different congregations there.

When he returned to Montreal, he founded the Jewish Learning Lab- creating curriculum and educational plans for Jewish organizations. He is also creating programs specifically for adults, to assist the learner in progressing in their Jewish educational world.

We are delighted that Rabbi Avi Finegold will be returning to the David Weissman Institute this spring.


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