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Courses by date: February 2017

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 ...