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Current courses by topic: Contemporary Issues

35 courses in 7 subcategories:

Bay Area Jews (1 course)

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Parenting in a Multiracial Jewish Family

P300-CBE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 02/22/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

Our Jewish community is increasingly multiracial, raising multiracial Jewish children is a relatively new phenomenon. Not many parents have the example of their own parents. Parents of multiracial kids have to consider: What is it ...

Food (4 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 ...

Wisdom in the Wine: Making, Using (and Abusing) It in the Biblical World

H300-CBI Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/03/2018 Location: Congregation B'nai Israel - Sacramento

Whether you're an enologist or just like a good glass, this session will introduce you to your counterparts from 3000 years ago. We'll explore how wines were made in ancient Egypt, Israel and elsewhere. We'll ...

Wisdom in the Wine: Making, Using (and Abusing) It in the Biblical World

H310-BH Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/24/2018 Location: Congregation Bet Haverim

Whether you're an enologist or just like a good glass, this session will introduce you to your counterparts of millennia past. We'll explore how wines were made in ancient Egypt, Israel and elsewhere. With Purim ...

Israel Education (7 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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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 ...

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Israel at 70: An Ancient and Modern Adventure (Onliine Option)

H300-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 03/08/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Modern Israel may be celebrating its three score and ten years, but in fact its lifetime stretches back over three millennia.Our course will begin with a journey through the key sites and events of ancient ...

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Modern Art, Ancient Themes: Israeli Artists

A400-RC Instructors: Powell Starting: 02/08/2018 Location: Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Danville

This course will explore the work of Jewish artists from different historical periods and geographic locations. Students will examine how religious, cultural and social changes within the context of Jewish history have been expressed through ...

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Traditions of Continuity and Diversity: The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism and Classical Christianity

H250-LJ Instructors: Bramlett Starting: 02/20/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Jews and Christians claim that they share a common historical lineage, although this is often felt to be an uncomfortable fact. It has been said that there has never been a “real” Jewish-Christian dialogue because ...

Jewish Culture (5 courses)

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Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

A150-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 03/04/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the "evil eye," frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, it is found all over the Middle East, but is older than either ...

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Parenting in a Multiracial Jewish Family

P300-CBE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 02/22/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

Our Jewish community is increasingly multiracial, raising multiracial Jewish children is a relatively new phenomenon. Not many parents have the example of their own parents. Parents of multiracial kids have to consider: What is it ...

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

H605-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/01/2018 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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When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews

H300-JCL Instructors: Seidman Starting: 04/29/2018 Location: Jewish Community Library

Among the many translations of the New Testament, those directed at Jews present a particular set of challenges and opportunities. This lecture traces the four-hundred-year history of the Yiddish translation of the New Testament. While ...

Wisdom in the Wine: Making, Using (and Abusing) It in the Biblical World

H300-CBI Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/03/2018 Location: Congregation B'nai Israel - Sacramento

Whether you're an enologist or just like a good glass, this session will introduce you to your counterparts from 3000 years ago. We'll explore how wines were made in ancient Egypt, Israel and elsewhere. We'll ...

Mussar & Ethics (4 courses)

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Mussar for Modern Life

P400s-TS

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

P400A-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 02/06/2018 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

P400B-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 03/06/2018 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

P400C-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 04/10/2018 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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Mussar for Modern Life

P400s-TS

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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Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

A150-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 03/04/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the "evil eye," frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, it is found all over the Middle East, but is older than either ...

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How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts

H300-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 01/25/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

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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 ...

Learn to Chant High Holy Day Trope

T200-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 01/21/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Would you like to learn the special melody for the chanting of Torah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? If you already know how to chant Torah or Haftarah trope, it is easy to learn ...

Lehrhaus @ Jewbilee

X500-APJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 01/28/2018 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Jewbilee is an annual celebration of Jewish learning. The afternoon is divided into sessions, with many classes, workshops and performances happening simultaneously during each session. You choose what you want to do. Hundreds of participants, ...

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Parenting in a Multiracial Jewish Family

P300-CBE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 02/22/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

Our Jewish community is increasingly multiracial, raising multiracial Jewish children is a relatively new phenomenon. Not many parents have the example of their own parents. Parents of multiracial kids have to consider: What is it ...

Passover Bootcamp

H300-CBT Instructors: Morrison Starting: 03/25/2018 Location: Congregation B'nai Tikvah

Join Lehrhaus with the CCJCC and Contra Costa synagogues to present PASSOVER BOOTCAMP on Sunday, March 25, 3-5:30pm. Presenters and Topics: Rabbi Goldblatt Creating a Meaningful Family Seder Rabbi Gutterman and Cantor Chabon, TBD Rabbi ...

Spirituality (3 courses)

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Mussar for Modern Life

P400s-TS

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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How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts

H300-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 01/25/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

Lehrhaus @ Jewbilee

X500-APJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 01/28/2018 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Jewbilee is an annual celebration of Jewish learning. The afternoon is divided into sessions, with many classes, workshops and performances happening simultaneously during each session. You choose what you want to do. Hundreds of participants, ...