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Current courses by topic: Text and Thought

46 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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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 ...

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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: ...

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 ...

Classic Texts (15 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 ...

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 (Berkeley)

T600-BJC Instructors: Matt Starting: 11/01/2016 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (Peninsula)

T600-PJ Instructors: Derby Starting: 11/07/2016 Location: Peninsula Jewish Community Center

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (San Francisco)

T600-SJ Instructors: Glazer Starting: 11/01/2016 Location: JCCSF

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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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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On Stage: Hand to God at Berkeley Rep

A300-TS Instructors: Chester Starting: 03/02/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Are we responsible for our actions or can we blame our destructive urges on the devil, the id, or childhood trauma? Hand to God uncovers the psychological darkness in its characters and seems to blame ...

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

PC500-CBS Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 02/02/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Shalom

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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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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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 ...

Talmud Engaged (evenings)

P200B-JLI Instructors: Berkowitz Starting: 01/31/2017 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

Strange as it may seem, this is a course without a topic. Instead, it provides an engaging new approach to Talmud study. Each lesson presents a unique legal case with a seemingly impossible ethical conundrum. ...

Talmud Engaged (mornings)

P200A-JLI Instructors: Berkowitz Starting: 01/31/2017 Location: Chabad of Contra Costa

Strange as it may seem, this is a course without a topic. Instead, it provides an engaging new approach to Talmud study. Each lesson presents a unique legal case with a seemingly impossible ethical conundrum. ...

The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbatai Zvi

H200-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/15/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The second lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores the impact of the transgressive messianic teachings of Shabbatai Tzvi and Spinoza's philosophy and theology. Presented by: The Herman P. and Sophia ...

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 ...

Comparative Religion (3 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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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 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 ...

Contemporary Literature (2 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 ...

Evening with Dr. Wendy Mogel

T250-APJ Instructors: Mogel Starting: 03/23/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of books about how to raise resilient children, including The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. (This event doesn't include dinner.) Tickets are $18, JCC ...

Kabbalah and Mysticism (5 courses)

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (Berkeley)

T600-BJC Instructors: Matt Starting: 11/01/2016 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (Peninsula)

T600-PJ Instructors: Derby Starting: 11/07/2016 Location: Peninsula Jewish Community Center

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (San Francisco)

T600-SJ Instructors: Glazer Starting: 11/01/2016 Location: JCCSF

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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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: 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 (2 courses)

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

PC500-CBS Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 02/02/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Shalom

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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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 (3 courses)

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 ...

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 ...

The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbatai Zvi

H200-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/15/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The second lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores the impact of the transgressive messianic teachings of Shabbatai Tzvi and Spinoza's philosophy and theology. Presented by: The Herman P. and Sophia ...

Talmud (6 courses)

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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 ...