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Current courses by topic: History

25 courses in 2 subcategories:

Ancient and Medieval History (14 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 ...

Series

On Jewish Heresy: The 2017 Taubman Lectures

L110-MG

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life present the 2017 Taubman Lectures On Jewish Heresy with David Biale. Lecture 1: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah ...

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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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Passover's Famous Four

BC700C-CSZ Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/04/2017 Location: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

While the story of Passover has a cast of thousands according to Biblical tradition, the text really revolves around four persons: Moses, Pharaoh, Aaron and Miriam. Each session of our course will delve into the ...

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Passover's Famous Four

BC700C-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/06/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

While the story of Passover has a cast of thousands according to Biblical tradition, the text really revolves around four persons: Moses, Pharaoh, Aaron and Miriam. Each session of our course will delve into the ...

Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash

H100-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/13/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This opening lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores the rabbis' attitudes toward the biblical figure of Korah and his rebellion against the authority of Moses and his Torah. Presented by: ...

Shmita and land ethics

P250-BJ Instructors: Binstock Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Shmita is most often described as shabbat for the earth, but it also provides ethics around loans, land ownership, resource sharing, and production. Come learn more about our ancient tradition's framework for land management, and ...

The 'Embarrassing' Bible: Ancient Jews and Christians on the Disappointment of Scripture

H100-USF Instructors: Mroczek Starting: 03/22/2017 Location: USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

Part I of 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. Prof. Eva Mroczek (UC Davis) Respondent: Aysha ...

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The Book of Ruth

BC700B-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/19/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves as a ...

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The Book of Ruth

BC700-CBI Instructors: Grist Starting: 03/07/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Israel

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves as a ...

The Importance of Household for Understanding Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations

H200-USF Instructors: Aranoff Starting: 03/29/2017 Location: USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

Part II of 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. Prof. Deena Aranoff (GTU/UCB) Respondent: Katrina Olds ...

Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad): Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs

A350-OMJ Instructors: Shanker Starting: 01/26/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Cozy up with hot cider and treats to learn more about the history and inspiration for the exhibit. This exhibition shows etchings of Judeo-Spanish proverbs that provide a unique window into the world of medieval ...

Modern History (11 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 ...

Series

On Jewish Heresy: The 2017 Taubman Lectures

L110-MG

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life present the 2017 Taubman Lectures On Jewish Heresy with David Biale. Lecture 1: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah ...

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From the Bund to the Bern: Yiddish Socialism for the 21st Century

H800-BCC Instructors: Michels Starting: 02/25/2017 Location: Berkeley City College

The year 2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of both the Jewish Bund and the Zionist movement, and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. This auspicious convergence of historical dates, plus the recent ...

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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 ...

Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

H300-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/16/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The final lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores what "Heresy" means in a modern, secular world through the the prism of Gershom Scholem's and Hannah Arednt's work, including their contentious ...

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Jews and Whiteness

H200-TS Instructors: Dollinger Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Are American Jews white? The question, answered differently by different generations of American Jews, gets at the heart of American Jewish identity. Have Jews remained separate and distinct from the rest of middle-class America or ...

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Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities

H400-BA Instructors: Hahn Tapper Starting: 02/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. This new book views Judaism as ...

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Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities

H400-TS Instructors: Hahn Tapper Starting: 03/26/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. This new book views Judaism as ...

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Power, Privilege, and BDS

H250-TS Instructors: Dollinger Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

How has the racial definition of Jews influenced our relationships with other ethnic communities? With Jews of color in our own community? Around such contentious issues as Israel, Zionism, and BDS? Come explore how the ...

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Revealing Texts: How Faith Communities Interpret Abortion

T600-DBC Instructors: Aranoff Starting: 03/22/2017 Location: David Brower Center

"The culture of a people is an ensemble of texts....” — Clifford Geertz It’s hard to find what people in the media and popular culture are talking about when they discuss critical issues through religious ...

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

A300-CT Instructors: Blady Starting: 03/08/2017 Location: Century 16 Theater

Loyalty to your family can be a virtue. But what happens when the iron-willed, eighty year-old patriarch of a large family (originally from Tajikistan and now living in Tel Aviv) demands that his adult children, ...