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Courses by date: 2017

106 courses:

January (36 courses)

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: The Book of Ruth

L310-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/29/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases that aid in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves ...

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Advanced Conversational Hebrew

L505-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/12/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

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

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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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Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 1A-B

L100AB-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/29/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This class introduces students to all the basic elements of Prayerbook Hebrew: the alphabet, vowels, vocabulary, sight-reading skills, and basic grammar. You'll learn some of the key prayerbook melodies and discuss the meaning of the ...

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Beginning Yiddish from Scratch

L150-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 01/23/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

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 ...

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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Intermediate Biblical/Prayerbook Hebrew 2C

L200C-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/29/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This course will complete our study of basic prayerbook Hebrew, then begin to introduce the more complex verb patterns of classical Biblical Hebrew and the irregular verb system, while building Hebrew vocabulary. Students will start ...

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Intermediate Yiddish

L250-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 01/25/2017 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 ...

Introduction to Yiddish

L150-CSH Instructors: Levitow Starting: 01/18/2017 Location: Congregation Shir Hadash

Do you carry or “shlep?” Do you aspire to be a kind, responsible person or a “mentsh?” Do you merely complain, or do you “kvetsh?” A rare opportunity to take Introductory Yiddish in the South ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts

I125B-CBE Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/18/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

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. With ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts (Online only)

I120B-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/15/2017 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 ...

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 ...

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Modern Hebrew I Evening (Winter)

L100A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/03/2017 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 (Winter)

L150A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/03/2017 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 (Winter)

L200A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/03/2017 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 (Winter)

L250A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/03/2017 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 (Winter)

L300A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/04/2017 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 (Winter)

L350A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/04/2017 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 (Winter)

L400A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/05/2017 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 (Winter)

L450A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/04/2017 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 Level A

L100-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/11/2017 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)

L150-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/10/2017 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)

L155-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/12/2017 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 B

L200-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/09/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This class is a second-year level. 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 ...

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Modern Hebrew Level B2

L250-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/10/2017 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

L300-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/12/2017 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

L400-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/11/2017 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

L405-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/12/2017 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

L500-BA Instructors: Morad Starting: 01/10/2017 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 V Evening (Winter)

L500A-SJ Instructors: Zach Starting: 01/05/2017 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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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 ...

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. ...

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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 Building Blocks of Judaism (winter)

I105B-BA Instructors: Watenmaker Starting: 01/05/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

This course is for those who wish to learn (or re-learn) Judaism. All are welcome: non-Jews, Jews, interfaith couples, those considering conversion, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Judaism. Students will learn ...

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 ...

February (10 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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Beginning Yiddish from Scratch

L150-KS Instructors: Blady Starting: 02/02/2017 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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From the Bund to the Bern: Yiddish Socialism for the 21st Century

H800-BCC Instructors: Michels Starting: 02/25/2017 Location: Berkeley City College

The year 2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of both the Jewish Bund and the Zionist movement, and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. This auspicious convergence of historical dates, plus the recent ...

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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 ...

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Jews and Whiteness

H200-TS Instructors: Dollinger Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Are American Jews white? The question, answered differently by different generations of American Jews, gets at the heart of American Jewish identity. Have Jews remained separate and distinct from the rest of middle-class America or ...

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Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities

H400-BA Instructors: Hahn Tapper Starting: 02/25/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. This new book views Judaism as ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Shmita and land ethics

P250-BJ Instructors: Binstock Starting: 02/26/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Shmita is most often described as shabbat for the earth, but it also provides ethics around loans, land ownership, resource sharing, and production. Come learn more about our ancient tradition's framework for land management, and ...

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The Art of Comfort

G400-SJ Instructors: Creditor Starting: 02/27/2017 Location: JCCSF

There is deep Jewish wisdom when visiting the sick (“What do I say?”) and consoling the the mourners (“What do I do during shiva?") Sometimes it’s not just family, but also supporting caregivers, comforting the ...

March (40 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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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 ...

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Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

G300-CBT Instructors: Kelman Starting: 03/21/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Tikvah

There are so many things we were not able to learn as children, and here is an opportunity to become confident and comfortable with: Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Intro to Judaism

I100-SJ Instructors: Torchio Starting: 03/01/2017 Location: JCCSF

Whether your familiarity with Jewish learning and experience is academic or informal, you are warmly invited to join a conversation that seeks to integrate your knowledge and explore your questions. This four-week-long class is comprised ...

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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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Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities

H400-TS Instructors: Hahn Tapper Starting: 03/26/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. This new book views Judaism as ...

Living with Difference: Pluralism and Boundaries in the Israel Conversation

H500-SJ Instructors: Calderon Starting: 03/29/2017 Location: JCCSF

How can we speak about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in our community across generational lines? How does personal experience color the way we view the conflict and how it should be addressed? What values do we ...

Master the Intercultural, Multigenerational Seder

P200E-BE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Come discuss ways to engage people of different ages, cultures and religions in your Seder. This is one workshop is a series of five. See the full series here.

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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 ...

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Mourning And Grief: After The Death

G500-SJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 03/20/2017 Location: JCCSF

In this essential session we will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning and grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special ...

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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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Power, Privilege, and BDS

H250-TS Instructors: Dollinger Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

How has the racial definition of Jews influenced our relationships with other ethnic communities? With Jews of color in our own community? Around such contentious issues as Israel, Zionism, and BDS? Come explore how 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: ...

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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 '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 ...

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 ...

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The Art of Comfort

G400-KS Instructors: Fendel Starting: 03/26/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

There is deep Jewish wisdom when visiting the sick (“What do I say?”) and consoling the the mourners (“What do I do during shiva?") Sometimes it’s not just family, but also supporting caregivers, comforting the ...

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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 ...

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The Final Mitzvot (Getting Your House In Order)

G200-KS Instructors: Stewart Starting: 03/05/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

This session will de-mystify Advance Planning, Ethical Wills, and Ethical Dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, stem-cell usage. This is part of a six-part series called Walking in the Valley of the ...

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The Final Mitzvot (Getting Your House In Order)

G200-NS Instructors: Stewart Starting: 03/05/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This session will de-mystify Advance Planning, Ethical Wills, and Ethical Dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, stem-cell usage. This is part of a six-part series called Walking in the Valley of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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The Other Conversation

G100-CBJ Instructors: Salkin Starting: 03/07/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Jacob

In this session we will explore how we talk with/to our children/spouse/partner about end of life wishes. We will share practical knowledge regarding planning a funeral, choosing a cemetery, and selecting a plot. And the ...

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The Other Conversation

G100-KS Instructors: Salkin Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

In this session we will explore how we talk with/to our children/spouse/partner about end of life wishes. We will share practical knowledge regarding planning a funeral, choosing a cemetery, and selecting a plot. And the ...

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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 ...

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, ...

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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 ...

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When Life is Over: Where is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife

G600-TS Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 03/09/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

In this conversation we will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation. We will also reflect on some of the big questions at the end of life: ...

April (17 courses)

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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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 II

L150A-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 04/24/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

This is a continuation class; new students are welcome and encouraged to join. Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. All you need is some zitz-fleish (butt + patience) ...

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Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

G300-CNS Instructors: Kelman Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

There are so many things we were not able to learn as children, and here is an opportunity to become confident and comfortable with: Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs and ...

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Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

G300-KS Instructors: Kelman Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

There are so many things we were not able to learn as children, and here is an opportunity to become confident and comfortable with: Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs and ...

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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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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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Mourning And Grief: After The Death

G500-TS Instructors: Chester Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

In this essential session we will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning and grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special ...

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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 ...

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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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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.

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The Art of Comfort

G400-CBT Instructors: Fendel Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Tikvah

There is deep Jewish wisdom when visiting the sick (“What do I say?”) and consoling the the mourners (“What do I do during shiva?") Sometimes it’s not just family, but also supporting caregivers, comforting the ...

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The Final Mitzvot (Getting Your House In Order)

G200-CBJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 04/04/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Jacob

This session will de-mystify Advance Planning, Ethical Wills, and Ethical Dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, stem-cell usage. This is part of a six-part series called Walking in the Valley of the ...

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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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When Life is Over: Where is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife

G600-SJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 04/03/2017 Location: JCCSF

In this conversation we will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation. We will also reflect on some of the big questions at the end of life: ...

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When Life is Over: Where is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife

G600-KS Instructors: Levy Starting: 04/30/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

In this conversation we will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation. We will also reflect on some of the big questions at the end of life: ...

May (3 courses)

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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 ...

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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Mourning And Grief: After The Death

G500-KS Instructors: Levy Starting: 05/07/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

In this essential session we will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning and grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special ...