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Current courses by topic: Contemporary Issues

43 courses in 9 subcategories:

Bay Area Jews (2 courses)

Jewish Americans: Religion and Identity in the Haas-Lilienthal House

H300-HLH Instructors: Rosenbaum Starting: 11/09/2017 Location: Haas-Lilienthal House

Lehrhaus Founding Director Emeritus Fred Rosenbaum shares his detailed research about the three generations of German-Jewish residents who lived in the elegant and imposing Haas-Lilienthal House (1886-1972). They helped turn San Francisco from a coarse ...

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Jews of Color: Taking Charge of Your Jewish Identity

P200-TBA Instructors: Carter Martinez Starting: 12/17/2017 Location: Temple Beth Abraham

It is not unusual for a Jew of color to be asked, “How did you get to be Jewish?” Quite simply the question stems from their appearance, “You don’t look Jewish.” There are a number ...

Food (2 courses)

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I120C-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/04/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

Since the very beginning, the People of Israel have had multiple understandings and expressions of a living Torah. In this class we will study the varieties of Judaism in the 21st century. That list includes ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism (Online only)

I100C-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/08/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

Interfaith (4 courses)

Parenting and Grandparenting in an Interfaith Family: Techniques for listening and talking to adult children

P200-BE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 10/30/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Your child has married a non-Jewish person, maybe a Christian. Possibly they have not yet determined whether to have a Jewish home. The question of children may also be up in the air. You know ...

Patralineal Jews: Navigating the Jewish World and Keeping Your Identity Strong

P200-CD Instructors: Kepler Starting: 11/12/2017 Location: Cafe Dejena

Are you the child of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother? At some point in life patrilineal Jews usually are told, “You know you’re not really Jewish, right?” Let’s talk about how to be a ...

Raising Kids in an Interfaith Family

P200-TIA Instructors: Kepler Starting: 12/10/2017 Location: Temple Israel

As partners and parents we want the best for each member of our family. Does that mean putting our relationship before the children? Can’t we give equally to our partner and our kids? There is ...

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Sukkah Party for Interfaith Couples and Families

P100-BJB Instructors: Kepler Starting: 10/08/2017 Location: A Private Home in Oakland

Come to the Sukkah for some food and fun. Together we’ll make and hang sukkah decorations and everyone will get a chance to wave the lulav and etrog. We’ll make edible sukkahs that kids (and ...

Israel Education (8 courses)

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Online only)

I100-OL

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience

I120-TS

Introduction to the Jewish Experience is a three-part series of classes to introduce students to Jewish culture and practice. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: Jews who did not receive a Jewish education, ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-CBE Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/14/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-OMJ Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/16/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-BA Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/18/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-SFF Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/20/2017 Location: Jewish Community Federation

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts

I120B-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/17/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

The land of Israel has been central to Jewish history, both ancient and modern. This class will examine the history ancient Israel, the beginnings of rabbinic Judaism, and the modern return to the land. We ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts (Online only)

I100B-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/21/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

Jewish Culture (9 courses)

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-CBE Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/14/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-OMJ Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/16/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-BA Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/18/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

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A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel

P500-SFF Instructors: Ron Starting: 11/20/2017 Location: Jewish Community Federation

Every fifth citizen in Israel belongs to the Arab minority. This group's integration in Israeli society constitutes a difficult challenge, given that their fellow Arabs in the Middle East are in a state of war ...

Gallery Chat: Jewish law and representation with Professor Rachel Gross

A300-CJM Instructors: Gross Starting: 10/06/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Professor Rachel Gross, the John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, discusses the misunderstanding around Jewish law and representation. This gallery chat is presented in conjunction with the ...

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Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

A200-TS Instructors: Chester Starting: 11/16/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Join us this fall for Berkeley Rep’s new play by Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket, that “celebrates ordinary people trying to make sense out of life in the midst of endless, comedic chaos.” The play ...

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Jews of Color: Taking Charge of Your Jewish Identity

P200-TBA Instructors: Carter Martinez Starting: 12/17/2017 Location: Temple Beth Abraham

It is not unusual for a Jew of color to be asked, “How did you get to be Jewish?” Quite simply the question stems from their appearance, “You don’t look Jewish.” There are a number ...

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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years

H600-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/01/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers six hours of interactive information about the history and culture of Italian Jewry over two millennia. Whether you're planning a trip to Italy or simply interested in exploring the topic digitally, ...

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Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life
Yiddishania: The Gantzeh Cholent

P500-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 10/19/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

In this four-session course produced by KlezCalifornia, we will explore different facets of Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life. We'll cover a basic introduction of Yiddish language and history, look at family, food, holiday practices, ...

Mussar & Ethics (4 courses)

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Mussar for Modern Life

P450-TS

This is a continuation series with a modular structure. Participants can register for the four-session series or take individual sessions, and new folks are welcome at any time. Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P450B-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 10/14/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of character development that has regained popularity as a spiritual practice in our modern age. Through interactive exercises, text study, contemplative practices, writing and discussion, this class will explore ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P450C-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 11/11/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of character development that has regained popularity as a spiritual practice in our modern age. Through interactive exercises, text study, contemplative practices, writing and discussion, this class will explore ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P450D-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 12/09/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of character development that has regained popularity as a spiritual practice in our modern age. Through interactive exercises, text study, contemplative practices, writing and discussion, this class will explore ...

Practice (11 courses)

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Online only)

I100-OL

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience

I120-TS

Introduction to the Jewish Experience is a three-part series of classes to introduce students to Jewish culture and practice. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: Jews who did not receive a Jewish education, ...

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A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

X500-OMJ Instructors: Astren Starting: 11/05/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

This half-day symposium will explore Muslim Jewish relations in the United States and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Lifecycles and Holidays

I120A-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 10/18/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Communal and individual Jewish life dances to the rhythm of two different cycles: Jewish lifecycle events and the cycle of the Jewish year. This class covers a basic introduction to the Jewish lifecycle (weddings, birth, ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Lifecycles and Holidays (Online only)

I100A-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 10/22/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I120C-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/04/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

Since the very beginning, the People of Israel have had multiple understandings and expressions of a living Torah. In this class we will study the varieties of Judaism in the 21st century. That list includes ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism (Online only)

I100C-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/08/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

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Making Shabbat Your Own: Shabbat Candlesticks

A200-NS Instructors: Sherman Starting: 12/03/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

Come make Shabbat candlesticks from metal foil, discuss how to make the celebration of Shabbat work for yourself or your family, and learn the “Secret of Shabbat!” While discussing Shabbat we will explore lots of ...

Modern Jewish Thought

T300-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 09/26/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Are the Jews a nation or a religion? Can traditional practice and belief be reconciled with science and reason? Should the Holocaust shape the way Jews think about God? These are some of the core ...

Raising Kids in an Interfaith Family

P200-TIA Instructors: Kepler Starting: 12/10/2017 Location: Temple Israel

As partners and parents we want the best for each member of our family. Does that mean putting our relationship before the children? Can’t we give equally to our partner and our kids? There is ...

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Sukkah Party for Interfaith Couples and Families

P100-BJB Instructors: Kepler Starting: 10/08/2017 Location: A Private Home in Oakland

Come to the Sukkah for some food and fun. Together we’ll make and hang sukkah decorations and everyone will get a chance to wave the lulav and etrog. We’ll make edible sukkahs that kids (and ...

Spirituality (1 course)

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A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

X500-OMJ Instructors: Astren Starting: 11/05/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

This half-day symposium will explore Muslim Jewish relations in the United States and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from ...

Theology (2 courses)

Modern Jewish Thought

T300-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 09/26/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Are the Jews a nation or a religion? Can traditional practice and belief be reconciled with science and reason? Should the Holocaust shape the way Jews think about God? These are some of the core ...

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Sikhism and Judaism: Separated at Birth?

H300-SJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 10/16/2017 Location: JCCSF

The Sikh faith was founded in the late fifteenth century in India by Guru Nanak, who preached tolerance and equality for every person. Sikhs are monotheists who, like the Jews, lost their kingdom. They have ...