Rabbi Cashman teaches about creating a Jewish money ethic

Rabbi Don Cashman

A new course taught by Rabbi Don Cashman at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation will look at what Reform Judaism has to say and teach about creating a Jewish money ethic.

“Creating a Jewish Money Ethic” will be offered Thursdays beginning Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the synagogue at 420 Whitehall Road in Albany.

“Money has been a part of human life since prehistory, and it certainly touches many different aspects of life,” said a release from B’nai Sholom. “Judaism has much to say and much to teach about money, our relationship to it, how we use, earn, spend, give, invest, save and discuss it.”

This seven-session course will focus on ethical approaches to these questions from a Reform Jewish viewpoint. Using “The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic,” a new book from the Central Conference of American Rabbis, participants will consider:

— Wealth: Jewish teachings, how much is enough?;

— Power of Money: Tzedakah, investing, justice;

— Israel: Building and financing, creating democracy;

— Employment: Family, gender, the marketplace;

— Religious Life: Membership, celebrations, costs; and

— Conversations: Stereotypes, financial literacy, marriage and money, estate planning.

Course registration and purchase of the book are required. Cost of the course is $30; for B’nai Sholom members, it is $25. Participants may obtain the text through the synagogue for $24 or on their own. The title also is available as an e-book.

For more information or to register, contact the B’nai Sholom office: 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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