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Current courses by topic: Modern History

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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Stepchildren of the Shtetl: A Lecture with Natan Meir

H350-JCL Instructors: Meir Starting: 11/16/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

Natan Meir discusses the topic of his forthcoming scholarly book Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Demented of Jewish Eastern Europe. He will present an analysis of Jewish society in 19th– and early ...

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Great Jewish Trials

H400-CBS Instructors: Gambert Starting: 10/18/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Shalom

For centuries, individual Jews have been accused of crimes the nature of which contains stereotypes about Judaism and/or the Jewish people in general. We will examine the "blood libel" allegation that became widespread in 13th ...

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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 ...

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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My Attic, Your Story: An Immigrant's Tale

A400-OFJ Instructors: Sholin Starting: 09/13/2017 Location: Oshman Family JCC

We are a nation of immigrants. Many Jewish families are descendants of the 2.4 million Eastern European émigrés who came here from 1880-1920. The universal assimilation story is brought back to life using my family’s ...

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The Day the Holocaust Began

H300-CSI Instructors: Rosenbaum Starting: 11/10/2017 Location: Congregation Sherith Israel

On the anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, we will reflect on the meaning of terror unleashed by a totalitarian regime and its cataclysmic consequences. This talk will be delivered at Congregation Sherith Israel ...

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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, ...