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Current courses by topic: History

20 courses in 2 subcategories:

Ancient and Medieval History (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 ...

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: I Swear! Oaths and Curses in the Bible

L315-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

In the modern world where talk is cheap, an oath or a curse caries little weight. In the ancient Near East, the potential power of words was taken very seriously, whether uttered by deities or ...

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Back to the Prophets — II Samuel: King David Undone

T106C-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This spring, we continue our study of the book of II Samuel. King David is on a roll! Having consolidated his kingdom, he has conquered surrounding nations and established a Davidic Empire. His newly-established capital ...

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Back to the Prophets — The Book of I Samuel: The King is Dead; Long Live the King

T106B-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 01/26/2017 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This winter, we conclude our study of I Samuel, and begin II Samuel. This fall, we viewed the rise of David and the gradual demise of King Saul’s kingship and sanity. Saul has lashed out ...

Lost Goddess: The Life and Death of the Divine Feminine in the Biblical World

H400-TBE Instructors: Grist Starting: 05/03/2017 Location: Temple Beth El

Like it or not, most of us consciously or unconsciously think of God as "He". But scanning through the ancient religious lives of Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, Canaanites and also Israelites, we see a generous number ...

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Moses, Akhenaten and the Troubled Birth of Monotheism (Online course)

H400-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 05/24/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

3,370 years ago (give or take) marks the birth moment of the first one-god faith: Akhenaten's Atenism. It failed, but the second attempt ultimately gave birth to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While Akhenaten leaves not ...

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People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

A500-HM Instructors: Starting: 04/22/2017 Location: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley's Cal Day, April 22nd from 10am to 3pm as we celebrate the makers of our world! Become a maker by learning to weave, making ...

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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 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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What Really Happened in the Exodus? A Discovery Day for Kids and Parents

H225-TS Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Jewish tradition tells us to live Passover as if we ourselves were there with Moses over 3,000 years ago. This class gives you a chance to do just that. We will discover the land of ...

Modern History (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 ...

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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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Germans, Jews and the Power of Art

A300-BJ Instructors: Powell Starting: 05/02/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

This class will examine how art has been used to influence social and political ideology, focusing on Weimar Germany beginning 1918 and culminating in the present post-holocaust era. We will analyze both visual and literary ...

Isaac Babel and the Russian Revolution: Lecture and Film

H250-APJ Instructors: McGuire Starting: 05/04/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Dr. Elizabeth McGuire will talk about Isaac Babel's life and death. A life spanned some of the most dramatic, creative, and destructive moments in modern history, including the Russian Civil War, the avant-garde internationalist Soviet ...

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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Shabbat Salon: The Mitzvah Project

A200-BA Instructors: Grunwald Starting: 04/08/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

A One-Person Play/Lecture that Explores One of the Most Astonishing Stories of the Second World War They were called mischlinge, a Nazi term meaning “mixed blood” or, more crudely, “halfbreed.” The term was used to ...

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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 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 ...

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 ...

Yom HaShoah: The Future of Our Past

X500-SJ Instructors: Smith Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: JCCSF

Join us for a conversation about memory and testimony with Stephen D. Smith, USC Shoah Foundation. Smith will discuss how our Holocaust survivor's testimonies live on for future generations. This will be followed by a ...