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Courses by date: 2017

69 courses:

January (2 courses)

Biblical and Prayerbook Hebrew

L100-KS Instructors: Farber Starting: 01/10/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

The course is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by studying the Siddur סידור (prayer book) in its original authentic language. Learn to translate and form commentaries based on the root of the ...

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Reading Yiddish Texts

L350-BJ Instructors: Chaver Starting: 01/23/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

In this course, we will read and discuss selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. The class will focus on comprehension, based not only on the lexicon and syntax of ...

February (2 courses)

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Beginning Modern Hebrew

L100-BJ Instructors: Peretz Starting: 02/15/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

This class is a continuation from the fall semester. We will focus on the four major second language acquisition skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—by immersing students in everything from classical and Modern Hebrew texts to ...

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Intermediate Modern Hebrew

L200-BJ Instructors: Peretz Starting: 02/15/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

This course is for students who have already learned the Hebrew alphabet and basic vocabulary. We will focus on the four major second language acquisition skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—by immersing students in everything from ...

March (11 courses)

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I125C-CBE Instructors: Adar Starting: 03/29/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

There have been multiple expressions of Judaism since the days of the Second Temple. In this class we will study the varieties of Judaism: Ashkenazi Judaism, Sephardic Judaism, and the modern streams of Judaism. We ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism (Online only)

I120C-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 03/26/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Beth El 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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Modern Hebrew I Evening (Spring)

L100B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/21/2017 Location: JCCSF

Learn Hebrew from scratch. Begin by learning how to read, write and pronounce the Hebrew alphabet, then combine letters into simple words to engage in beginning conversation. This class is designed for first-time students who ...

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Modern Hebrew I Matinee (Spring)

L150B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/21/2017 Location: JCCSF

Learn Hebrew from scratch. Begin by learning how to read, write and pronounce the Hebrew alphabet, then combine letters into simple words to engage in beginning conversation. This class is designed for first-time students who ...

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Modern Hebrew II Evening (Spring)

L200B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/21/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build your vocabulary and learn the basic skills for day-to-day conversation by focusing on listening and responding in Hebrew. Topics include numbers, colors, household items, essential conversations like time and directions, and present tense verbs. ...

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Modern Hebrew II Matinee (Spring)

L250B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/21/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build your vocabulary and learn the basic skills for day-to-day conversation by focusing on listening and responding in Hebrew. Topics include numbers, colors, household items, essential conversations like time and directions, and present tense verbs. ...

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Modern Hebrew III Evening (Spring)

L300B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/22/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build on your previous knowledge of Hebrew to improve reading comprehension, increase your vocabulary and practice conversations in which you draw out fellow students and talk about travel and food. Begin to learn the past ...

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Modern Hebrew III Matinee (Spring)

L350B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/22/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build on your previous knowledge of Hebrew to improve reading comprehension, increase your vocabulary and practice conversations in which you draw out fellow students and talk about travel and food. Begin to learn the past ...

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Modern Hebrew IV Evening (Spring)

L400B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/23/2017 Location: JCCSF

Increase proficiency by learning more advanced vocabulary and how grammar influences meaning. Topics include shoreshim (word roots), the future tense, binyanim (verb forms) and idioms. Class takes place mostly in Hebrew and uses basic native ...

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Modern Hebrew IV Matinee (Spring)

L450B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/22/2017 Location: JCCSF

Increase proficiency by learning more advanced vocabulary and how grammar influences meaning. Topics include shoreshim (word roots), the future tense, binyanim (verb forms) and idioms. Class takes place mostly in Hebrew and uses basic native ...

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Modern Hebrew V Evening (Spring)

L500B-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 03/23/2017 Location: JCCSF

Enjoy in-depth reading and conversation in this class conducted entirely in Hebrew. Focus on fluency, using Israeli newspapers, music, stories and film. This class is designed for students with high-level speaking and writing skills. For ...

April (22 courses)

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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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Advanced Conversational Hebrew (summer)

L505S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This course will focus on conversational skills with an attention to improving fluency.

Advanced Modern Conversational Hebrew

L200-KS Instructors: Farber Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

The Modern Hebrew course is intended to develop verbal communication skills in the spoken modern Hebrew language. Infused with Israeli culture, a variety of methods and modalities are used to reach the goal of speaking ...

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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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Beginning Yiddish from Scratch

L155-KS Instructors: Blady Starting: 04/27/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. All you need is some zitz-fleish (butt + patience) an ardent desire to learn, an interest in Jewish culture, and an ability ...

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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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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 ...

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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 Yiddish

L250A-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 04/26/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

This is a continuation class that started meeting in 2012 at the beginning level. New students are welcome — must have some background in Yiddish, including knowledge of the alef-beys, or done previous coursework in ...

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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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Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along

A250-JCL Instructors: Tenney Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

With International Labor Day (May 1) around the corner, Oakland-based singer Gerry Tenney will perform and lead a sing-along of rousing and poignant Jewish labor songs, many of them in Yiddish.

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Modern Hebrew Level A (summer)

L100S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/19/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This class began from scratch in the fall. New students are welcome to join. To make sure this is the right level please contact Orna Morad: ornamorad@yahoo.com. Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while ...

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Modern Hebrew Level A2 evenings (summer)

L150S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This class is a continuation from the beginning level sessions. Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while developing vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the ...

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Modern Hebrew Level A2 mornings (summer)

L155S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This class is a continuation from the beginning level sessions. Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while developing vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the ...

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Modern Hebrew Level B2 (summer)

L250S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while developing vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners who have limited time for study.

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Modern Hebrew Level C (summer)

L300S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while developing vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners who have limited time for study.

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Modern Hebrew Level D (summer)

L400S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/19/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Students build on vocabulary, grammar and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners who have limited time for study.

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Modern Hebrew Level E (summer)

L405S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This course further expands fluency in Hebrew conversation and comprehension, and is designed for students with a reasonably developed level of modern Hebrew speaking and understanding. It continues building student vocabulary, grammar, and fluency skills. ...

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Modern Hebrew Level F (summer)

L500S-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This course further expands fluency in Hebrew conversation and comprehension, and is designed for students with a reasonably developed level of modern Hebrew speaking and understanding. It continues building student vocabulary, grammar, and fluency skills ...

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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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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 ...

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The Temple Isaiah Israel Pre-Tour Course

H300-TI Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Temple Isaiah

Join us for a virtual visit through Israel's ancient and modern history, following the itinerary of the upcoming Temple Isaiah tour. Our course will begin with a journey through the key sites and events of ...

May (13 courses)

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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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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 ...

Ian Maksin: Music For Your Soul

A300-APJ Instructors: Maskin Starting: 05/14/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

We invite you to spend an afternoon with an incredible cellist, Ian Maksin. Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well as his uniquely charismatic way with the ...

Isaac Babel and the Russian Revolution: Lecture and Film

H250-APJ Instructors: McGuire Starting: 05/04/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Dr. Elizabeth McGuire will talk about Isaac Babel's life and death. A life spanned some of the most dramatic, creative, and destructive moments in modern history, including the Russian Civil War, the avant-garde internationalist Soviet ...

Lost Goddess: The Life and Death of the Divine Feminine in the Biblical World

H400-TBE Instructors: Grist Starting: 05/03/2017 Location: Temple Beth El

Like it or not, most of us consciously or unconsciously think of God as "He". But scanning through the ancient religious lives of Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, Canaanites and also Israelites, we see a generous number ...

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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 ...

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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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Mussar for Modern Life

P550A-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 05/13/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This is a continuation series with a modular structure. Participants can register for the three-session series or take individual sessions, and new folks are welcome at any time. Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of ...

Spring Festival of Learning

X500-UA Instructors: Ingber Starting: 05/14/2017 Location: Urban Adamah

Lehrhaus and Urban Adamah present a day of learning and celebration on the farm with keynote speaker David Ingber and a musical performance by Kugelplex. In the afternoon, workshops and classes will be offered by ...

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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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years

H600-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 05/01/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers 6 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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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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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 ...

June (13 courses)

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Film: The Broken Sound

A350-JCL Instructors: Starting: 06/15/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

Spearheaded by Alan Bern of the band Brave Old World, the Other Europeans was a collaborative effort of fourteen lăutari (professional Roma musicians) and klezmer musicians from eight countries who came together to learn about ...

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Jewish Values at Standing Rock

P205-BJ Instructors: Goodman Starting: 06/06/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Testimonies from Dr. Ammon Goodman and Briana Ruiz Join us to hear from Ami Goodman, a member of our local Jewish community, and Briana Ruiz, one of the youngest members of Idle No More SF ...

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Modern Hebrew I Evening (Summer)

L100C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/27/2017 Location: JCCSF

Learn Hebrew from scratch. Begin by learning how to read, write and pronounce the Hebrew alphabet, then combine letters into simple words to engage in beginning conversation. This class is designed for first-time students who ...

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Modern Hebrew I Matinee (Summer)

L150C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/27/2017 Location: JCCSF

Learn Hebrew from scratch. Begin by learning how to read, write and pronounce the Hebrew alphabet, then combine letters into simple words to engage in beginning conversation. This class is designed for first-time students who ...

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Modern Hebrew II Evening (Summer)

L200C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/27/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build your vocabulary and learn the basic skills for day-to-day conversation by focusing on listening and responding in Hebrew. Topics include numbers, colors, household items, essential conversations like time and directions, and present tense verbs. ...

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Modern Hebrew II Matinee (Summer)

L250C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/27/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build your vocabulary and learn the basic skills for day-to-day conversation by focusing on listening and responding in Hebrew. Topics include numbers, colors, household items, essential conversations like time and directions, and present tense verbs. ...

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Modern Hebrew III Evening (Summer)

L300C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/28/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build on your previous knowledge of Hebrew to improve reading comprehension, increase your vocabulary and practice conversations in which you draw out fellow students and talk about travel and food. Begin to learn the past ...

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Modern Hebrew III Matinee (Summer)

L350C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/28/2017 Location: JCCSF

Build on your previous knowledge of Hebrew to improve reading comprehension, increase your vocabulary and practice conversations in which you draw out fellow students and talk about travel and food. Begin to learn the past ...

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Modern Hebrew IV Evening (Summer)

L400C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/29/2017 Location: JCCSF

Increase proficiency by learning more advanced vocabulary and how grammar influences meaning. Topics include shoreshim (word roots), the future tense, binyanim (verb forms) and idioms. Class takes place mostly in Hebrew and uses basic native ...

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Modern Hebrew IV Matinee (Summer)

L450C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/28/2017 Location: JCCSF

Increase proficiency by learning more advanced vocabulary and how grammar influences meaning. Topics include shoreshim (word roots), the future tense, binyanim (verb forms) and idioms. Class takes place mostly in Hebrew and uses basic native ...

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Modern Hebrew V Evening (Summer)

L500C-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 06/29/2017 Location: JCCSF

Enjoy in-depth reading and conversation in this class conducted entirely in Hebrew. Focus on fluency, using Israeli newspapers, music, stories and film. This class is designed for students with high-level speaking and writing skills. For ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P550B-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 06/10/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This is a continuation series with a modular structure. Participants can register for the three-session series or take individual sessions, and new folks are welcome at any time. Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of ...

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

A500-OMJ Instructors: Kepler Starting: 06/13/2017 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 16 intimate portraits of individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and ...

July (1 course)

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Mussar for Modern Life

P550C-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 07/08/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This is a continuation series with a modular structure. Participants can register for the three-session series or take individual sessions, and new folks are welcome at any time. Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of ...

August (1 course)

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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 ...

September (4 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 (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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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 ...