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Current courses by topic: Text and Thought

37 courses in 8 subcategories:

Biblical Interpretations (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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"And I Am a Stranger": Becoming Ruth

T300-BA Instructors: Zornberg Starting: 05/04/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign ...

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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 ...

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Intermediate Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 2A

L200A-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

The third semester of the introductory sequence of Biblical Hebrew grammar, this course covers the more complex features of the language commonly found in Biblical and Siddur (prayerbook) texts. We will continue to introduce features ...

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Intermediate/Advanced Biblical Hebrew 2D

L200D-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

We will complete our overview of the Hebrew verb system, and continue to build Biblical text translation and analysis skills, using Bibleworks software in class. We will also translate sample texts from the Hebrew Bible. ...

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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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Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan/Poly/Post-Denominational World

T300-SFPL Instructors: Ramer Starting: 05/23/2017 Location: San Francisco Public Library

What Dorothy discovered in Oz and Alice discovered in Wonderland you’ll discover here: a parallel reality where a third temple rose and fell in antiquity, women were ordained in the fifth century CE, and alternate ...

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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 ...

Classic Texts (5 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 ...

A Gift for the Jewish People: The Yiddish New Testament and the 20th-Century Mission to the Jews

H300-USF Instructors: Seidman Starting: 04/05/2017 Location: USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

Part III 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. Naomi Seidman (GTU/UCB) Respondent: Erin Brigham ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar in Aramaic

T600-CBE Instructors: Matt Starting: 09/21/2016 Location: Congregation Beth El

This special section of the Zohar program is led by Prof. Daniel Matt and is for students with the ability to follow the Zohar in the original (facility in either Hebrew or Aramaic). The Aramaic ...

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Philosophy Circle Mini Course: Readings from HaLevi, Maimonides, Buber, and Heschel

PC500-CST Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 04/19/2017 Location: Congregation Shomrei Torah

On four very different nights we will dip into the wellspring of the Jewish philosophical library in this mini survey course for Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle. HaLevi and Maimonides created foundational thought on Jewish identity at ...

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Shedding Light on the Zohar

PC600-JCL Instructors: Matt Starting: 09/17/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

In this session, we will explore selections from the Zohar appropriate to the end of Elul and before the High Holidays. Our guide through this material is Professor Daniel C. Matt whose epic translation and ...

Comparative Religion (2 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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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 ...

Contemporary Literature (5 courses)

Books Beyond Borders at the Osher Marin JCC

T300-OMJ Instructors: Siegel Starting: 09/27/2016 Location: Osher Marin JCC

American Jewish World Service is partnering with the Osher Marin JCC to launch Books Beyond Borders in Marin! Five times a year, we will meet to discuss fiction and non-fiction works that relate to AJWS’s ...

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Jews in Science Fiction: It’s Not a Fantasy

A400-JCL Instructors: Weisman Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

Jewish writers, including many from the Bay Area, are responsible for some of the most entertaining and mind-bending stories, books, and scripts written in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Who are these local ...

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Michael Chabon: In Conversation — One Bay One Book

A300-JCL Instructors: Chabon Starting: 05/21/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

The author of the award-winning novel Moonglow, this year’s One Bay One Book selection, sits down with writer Dan Schifrin to discuss the book, why he wrote it, the power of memory, and the nature ...

The Dark and the Surreal: Etgar Keret in Conversation with Ayelet Waldman

T400-OMJ Instructors: Keret Starting: 05/07/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Etgar Keret will discuss selections from his vast body of short stories, focusing on “dark matter”: the absurdist humor and surreal thematic elements found in the extraordinary and mundane elements of daily life. He will ...

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Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan/Poly/Post-Denominational World

T300-SFPL Instructors: Ramer Starting: 05/23/2017 Location: San Francisco Public Library

What Dorothy discovered in Oz and Alice discovered in Wonderland you’ll discover here: a parallel reality where a third temple rose and fell in antiquity, women were ordained in the fifth century CE, and alternate ...

Kabbalah and Mysticism (3 courses)

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar in Aramaic

T600-CBE Instructors: Matt Starting: 09/21/2016 Location: Congregation Beth El

This special section of the Zohar program is led by Prof. Daniel Matt and is for students with the ability to follow the Zohar in the original (facility in either Hebrew or Aramaic). The Aramaic ...

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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 ...

Modern Philosophy (1 course)

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Philosophy Circle Mini Course: Readings from HaLevi, Maimonides, Buber, and Heschel

PC500-CST Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 04/19/2017 Location: Congregation Shomrei Torah

On four very different nights we will dip into the wellspring of the Jewish philosophical library in this mini survey course for Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle. HaLevi and Maimonides created foundational thought on Jewish identity at ...

Philosophy (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 ...

Talmud (10 courses)

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A Taste of Talmud (Berkeley)

TC800-BJ Instructors: Richman Starting: 09/17/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

In these introductory sessions, we will explore how the Talmud developed and engage in a conversation with the text, the great sages and our modern world. These sessions will provide students who are new to ...

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A Taste of Talmud (Marin)

TC800-OMJ Instructors: Aranoff Starting: 09/10/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

In these introductory sessions, we will explore how the Talmud developed and engage in a conversation with the text, the great sages and our modern world. These sessions will provide students who are new to ...

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A Taste of Talmud (Palo Alto)

TC800-OFJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 08/27/2017 Location: Oshman Family JCC

In these introductory sessions, we will explore how the Talmud developed and engage in a conversation with the text, the great sages and our modern world. These sessions will provide students who are new to ...

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A Taste of Talmud (San Francisco)

TC800-SJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 09/17/2017 Location: JCCSF

In these introductory sessions, we will explore how the Talmud developed and engage in a conversation with the text, the great sages and our modern world. These sessions will provide students who are new to ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Berkeley

TC850-LJ Instructors: Richman Starting: 11/06/2016 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

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 ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Los Gatos

TC850-APJ Instructors: Clayman Starting: 11/06/2016 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

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 ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Lunchtime Downtown San Francisco

TC850-RJO Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 11/02/2016 Location: Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

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 ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Marin

TC850-OMJ Instructors: Aranoff Starting: 10/30/2016 Location: Osher Marin JCC

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 ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Palo Alto

TC850-OFJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 10/30/2016 Location: Oshman Family JCC

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 ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - San Francisco

TC850-SJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 11/06/2016 Location: JCCSF

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 ...