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Current courses by topic: Contemporary Issues

30 courses in 8 subcategories:

Bay Area Jews (1 course)

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This Is Bay Area Jewry: Photo essays on the changing nature of our community

A500-OMJ Instructors: Kepler Starting: 06/13/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 16 intimate portraits of individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and ...

Food (1 course)

End of Passover: Mimouna Celebration

P300-APJ Instructors: Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Join us for an afternoon filled with music and sweets! Mimouna is a Moroccan-Jewish post-Passover festival that takes place immediately after the close of the Passover holiday at sundown. Mimouna is a celebration of community, ...

Israel Education (2 courses)

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The Temple Isaiah Israel Pre-Tour Course

H300-TI Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Temple Isaiah

Join us for a virtual visit through Israel's ancient and modern history, following the itinerary of the upcoming Temple Isaiah tour. Our course will begin with a journey through the key sites and events of ...

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iEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — A Project of the Shalom Hartman Institute

H500-TS Instructors: Mates-Muchin Starting: 10/09/2016 Location: Temple Sinai

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants will explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and ...

Jewish Culture (10 courses)

Series

USF Lecture Series in the History of Jewish/Christian Relations

H120-USF

A special three-part series, in which we hear from local scholars of national renown about the two-millenium history of Jewish/Christian relations in three distinct periods. Presented by the Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social ...

End of Passover: Mimouna Celebration

P300-APJ Instructors: Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Join us for an afternoon filled with music and sweets! Mimouna is a Moroccan-Jewish post-Passover festival that takes place immediately after the close of the Passover holiday at sundown. Mimouna is a celebration of community, ...

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Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

A150-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 04/23/2017 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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Film: The Broken Sound

A350-JCL Instructors: Starting: 06/15/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

Spearheaded by Alan Bern of the band Brave Old World, the Other Europeans was a collaborative effort of fourteen lăutari (professional Roma musicians) and klezmer musicians from eight countries who came together to learn about ...

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Jewish Values at Standing Rock

P205-BJ Instructors: Goodman Starting: 06/06/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Testimonies from Dr. Ammon Goodman and Briana Ruiz Join us to hear from Ami Goodman, a member of our local Jewish community, and Briana Ruiz, one of the youngest members of Idle No More SF ...

Pride Week's Pink Triangle

A200-CJM Instructors: Ramer Starting: 04/21/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

During Pride Week, a giant pink triangle is installed on Twin Peaks. Andrew Ramer talks about how the pink triangle went from being a symbol of persecution to a symbol of gay pride. This gallery ...

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

H600-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 05/01/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers 6 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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The Most Trusted Jew in America: Jon Stewart's Jewishness

H300-TS Instructors: Hammerman Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This class covers how Jon Stewart constructed a vulnerable Jewish persona as a way to engender trust with a large audience, even though Jews have historically been mistrusted by non-Jews. His game of playing up ...

The Victim as Icon: Moral Dilemmas in Appropriations of Anne Frank

H250-SJ Instructors: Leopold Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: JCCSF

Anne Frank has attained iconic status and has become a household name representing a wide range of causes. Anne’s father, who published his daughter’s diary after the war, hoped it would inspire people all over ...

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This Is Bay Area Jewry: Photo essays on the changing nature of our community

A500-OMJ Instructors: Kepler Starting: 06/13/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 16 intimate portraits of individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and ...

Mussar & Ethics (4 courses)

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Introduction to Mussar

P500-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 04/23/2017 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

P550A-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 05/13/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This is a continuation series with a modular structure. Participants can register for the three-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

P550B-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 06/10/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This is a continuation series with a modular structure. Participants can register for the three-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

P550C-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 07/08/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

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

Practice (7 courses)

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Adoption in Jewish and Interfaith Families

P200-CBT Instructors: Kepler Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Tikvah

The number of Jewish and interfaith families who are adopting children is significant. Often these children are not Caucasian. As one very sweet Catholic social worker put it, “Jews don’t seem to mind what color ...

End of Passover: Mimouna Celebration

P300-APJ Instructors: Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Join us for an afternoon filled with music and sweets! Mimouna is a Moroccan-Jewish post-Passover festival that takes place immediately after the close of the Passover holiday at sundown. Mimouna is a celebration of community, ...

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Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

A150-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 04/23/2017 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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Jewish Values at Standing Rock

P205-BJ Instructors: Goodman Starting: 06/06/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Testimonies from Dr. Ammon Goodman and Briana Ruiz Join us to hear from Ami Goodman, a member of our local Jewish community, and Briana Ruiz, one of the youngest members of Idle No More SF ...

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

P300-AJ Instructors: Frankel Starting: 05/04/2017 Location: Afikomen Judaica

A deeply affirming exploration of the challenges and possibilities of the unknown—with meditations and exercises that can help transform the fear and uncertainty of "not knowing" into a sense of openness, curiosity, and bravery. For ...

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on the Unknown

P500-CHL Instructors: Frankel Starting: 03/09/2017 Location: Chochmat HaLev

“The ultimate purpose of knowledge is to know that we don’t know.” —Rabbi Yehudah Bedersi, Bechinat Olam For most of us, the "unknown" is both friend and foe. At times it is a source of ...

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Under the Wings of Rafa'el: Blessings, Songs, and Explorations for a Healing Path

P500-KE Instructors: Bernstein Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Emeth

Under the Wings of Rafa'el is a project Cantor Sharon Bernstein began five years ago for a congregant undergoing chemotherapy. Now available as a book and CD, the project includes 12 prayers focused on the ...

Spirituality (4 courses)

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Gershom Scholem on Kabbalah: Messianism, Sabbatai Zevi, and Jewish Modernity

T500-CBE Instructors: Sharvit Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

Gershom Scholem is a major figure in twentieth-century thought whose works are still considered crucial points of departure for contemporary debates in the fields of religious-mystical traditions and their relation to modern historical analysis. The ...

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

P300-AJ Instructors: Frankel Starting: 05/04/2017 Location: Afikomen Judaica

A deeply affirming exploration of the challenges and possibilities of the unknown—with meditations and exercises that can help transform the fear and uncertainty of "not knowing" into a sense of openness, curiosity, and bravery. For ...

Add to cart

The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on the Unknown

P500-CHL Instructors: Frankel Starting: 03/09/2017 Location: Chochmat HaLev

“The ultimate purpose of knowledge is to know that we don’t know.” —Rabbi Yehudah Bedersi, Bechinat Olam For most of us, the "unknown" is both friend and foe. At times it is a source of ...

Add to cart

Under the Wings of Rafa'el: Blessings, Songs, and Explorations for a Healing Path

P500-KE Instructors: Bernstein Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Emeth

Under the Wings of Rafa'el is a project Cantor Sharon Bernstein began five years ago for a congregant undergoing chemotherapy. Now available as a book and CD, the project includes 12 prayers focused on the ...

Theology (1 course)

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Gershom Scholem on Kabbalah: Messianism, Sabbatai Zevi, and Jewish Modernity

T500-CBE Instructors: Sharvit Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

Gershom Scholem is a major figure in twentieth-century thought whose works are still considered crucial points of departure for contemporary debates in the fields of religious-mystical traditions and their relation to modern historical analysis. The ...