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Current courses by topic: The Arts

17 courses in 7 subcategories:

Comedy (1 course)

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The Most Trusted Jew in America: Jon Stewart's Jewishness

H300-TS Instructors: Hammerman Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This class covers how Jon Stewart constructed a vulnerable Jewish persona as a way to engender trust with a large audience, even though Jews have historically been mistrusted by non-Jews. His game of playing up ...

Dance (1 course)

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Beginning Israeli Folk Dance

A200-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

We will learn a variety of classic, easy to follow Israeli folk dances, including both circle and line dances. Some of the folklore and meaning of the titles and the words of the music will ...

Literature and Writing (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 ...

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 ...

Music (5 courses)

Learn to Chant Esther Trope

T200-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 01/08/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Trope is the art of chanting sacred texts. Esther trope is the most intricate and delightful of the various trope melodies, and essential for the chanting of Megillat Esther on Purim. If you already know ...

Shanghai Angel: A World-Premiere Musical

A300-CJM Instructors: Klein Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

With $2.50 in her pocket, Rosa Ginsberg left her family behind in Shanghai in 1940 for an uncertain future in the United States. The 18-year-old Austrian native, who had fled war-torn Vienna for China, landed ...

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Simcha Orchestra in the Atrium

A150-SJ Instructors: Starting: 04/14/2017 Location: JCCSF

The Simcha Orchestra performs Yiddish swing and folksongs, Israeli songs and dances, Chassidic wedding songs, and songs by Shlomo Carlebach. Join us in the JCCSF atrium for entertainment with Eliot Kenin and more.

The Open Faith Salon — Befriending the Unknown and Embracing Uncertainty: Inter-religious perspectives

P300-CHL Instructors: Frankel Starting: 03/05/2017 Location: Chochmat HaLev

Since the 2016 election many of us have been in a state of heightened anxiety. So much is unknown and uncertain, and fear is a common response to uncertainty. We humans love to “know” and ...

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, ...

Performance (2 courses)

Shanghai Angel: A World-Premiere Musical

A300-CJM Instructors: Klein Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

With $2.50 in her pocket, Rosa Ginsberg left her family behind in Shanghai in 1940 for an uncertain future in the United States. The 18-year-old Austrian native, who had fled war-torn Vienna for China, landed ...

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The Most Trusted Jew in America: Jon Stewart's Jewishness

H300-TS Instructors: Hammerman Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This class covers how Jon Stewart constructed a vulnerable Jewish persona as a way to engender trust with a large audience, even though Jews have historically been mistrusted by non-Jews. His game of playing up ...

Theater (2 courses)

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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 ...

Shanghai Angel: A World-Premiere Musical

A300-CJM Instructors: Klein Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

With $2.50 in her pocket, Rosa Ginsberg left her family behind in Shanghai in 1940 for an uncertain future in the United States. The 18-year-old Austrian native, who had fled war-torn Vienna for China, landed ...

Visual Art (4 courses)

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Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

A150-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the "evil eye," frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, it is found all over the Middle East, but is older than either ...

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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 ...

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This Is Bay Area Jewry: Photo essays on the changing nature of our community

A500-PTS Instructors: Kepler Starting: 03/05/2017 Location: Peninsula Temple Sholom

Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present This Is Bay Area Jewry, a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 16 intimate portraits of individuals and families from ...

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 ...