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Current courses by topic: Text and Thought

17 courses in 7 subcategories:

Biblical Interpretations (3 courses)

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Ancient Israel’s Power Politics: Prophets, Priests and Kings

L310-CBE Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/01/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

In an era of political turmoil, it’s informative (and perhaps comforting) to examine an ancient predecessor. Our class will review episodes from the centuries-long conflict between the three key branches of ancient Israel’s government: the ...

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Back to the Prophets
II Samuel: King David's Tragedies and Triumphs

T106A-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 09/28/2017 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Fall, we complete our study of the book of II Samuel. King David’s dreams and promise are on the verge of collapse. Having consolidated his united kingdom, he has established a Davidic Empire. Jerusalem ...

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

H400-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/02/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

3,370 years ago (give or take) marks the birth moment of the first one-god faith: Akhenaten's Atenism in Egypt. It failed, but the second attempt (in Israel) ultimately gave birth to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. ...

Classic Texts (5 courses)

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A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

X500-OMJ Instructors: Astren Starting: 11/05/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

This half-day symposium will explore Muslim Jewish relations in the United States and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from ...

Between Historiography and Literature: Gershom Sholem's Intellectual Biography

T300-UCB Instructors: Engel Starting: 10/10/2017 Location: UC Berkeley

The famous Kabbalah scholar, Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) occupies a central role in our intellectual imagination. He was “the creator of an academic discipline,” according to Martin Buber and is discussed by historians, literary scholars, and ...

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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 ...

Modern Jewish Thought

T300-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 09/26/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Are the Jews a nation or a religion? Can traditional practice and belief be reconciled with science and reason? Should the Holocaust shape the way Jews think about God? These are some of the core ...

Comparative Religion (2 courses)

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A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

X500-OMJ Instructors: Astren Starting: 11/05/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

This half-day symposium will explore Muslim Jewish relations in the United States and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from ...

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

H400-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/02/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

3,370 years ago (give or take) marks the birth moment of the first one-god faith: Akhenaten's Atenism in Egypt. It failed, but the second attempt (in Israel) ultimately gave birth to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. ...

Contemporary Literature (3 courses)

Forest Dark: Nicole Krauss

A250-SJ Instructors: Krauss Starting: 09/26/2017 Location: JCCSF

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists,” Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestsellers Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award; The History of Love; ...

Gallery Chat: Bad Rabbi And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press

A350-CJM Instructors: Portnoy Starting: 10/13/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

YIVO scholar Eddy Portnoy reads from Bad Rabbi. The book exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ...

God: A Human History

A300-SJ Instructors: Aslan Starting: 11/29/2017 Location: JCCSF

Join writer, commentator and religious studies scholar Reza Aslan (Zealot) for a conversation about humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence ...

Kabbalah and Mysticism (1 course)

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A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

X500-OMJ Instructors: Astren Starting: 11/05/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

This half-day symposium will explore Muslim Jewish relations in the United States and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from ...

Philosophy (2 courses)

Between Historiography and Literature: Gershom Sholem's Intellectual Biography

T300-UCB Instructors: Engel Starting: 10/10/2017 Location: UC Berkeley

The famous Kabbalah scholar, Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) occupies a central role in our intellectual imagination. He was “the creator of an academic discipline,” according to Martin Buber and is discussed by historians, literary scholars, and ...

Modern Jewish Thought

T300-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 09/26/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Are the Jews a nation or a religion? Can traditional practice and belief be reconciled with science and reason? Should the Holocaust shape the way Jews think about God? These are some of the core ...

Talmud (1 course)

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Jewish Educators

TC850-BS Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 11/02/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Sholom

The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation. This unique project is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica and The ...