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Courses by date: April 2017

45 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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Adoption in Jewish and Interfaith Families

P200-CBT Instructors: Kepler Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Tikvah

The number of Jewish and interfaith families who are adopting children is significant. Often these children are not Caucasian. As one very sweet Catholic social worker put it, “Jews don’t seem to mind what color ...

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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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An Afternoon with Naomi Newman and the Characters She’s Created

A200-JCL Instructors: Newman Starting: 04/09/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

Acclaimed Bay Area actress Naomi Newman performs monologues featuring characters that have populated her stage work over the decades. They include Rifka, as Eastern European Jewish mother, and The Hag, a wise old street crone, ...

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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

L155-CBS Instructors: Blady Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: Congregation B'nai Shalom

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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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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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 ...

End of Passover: Mimouna Celebration

P300-APJ Instructors: Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Join us for an afternoon filled with music and sweets! Mimouna is a Moroccan-Jewish post-Passover festival that takes place immediately after the close of the Passover holiday at sundown. Mimouna is a celebration of community, ...

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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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Introduction to Mussar

P500-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish system of character development that has regained popularity as a spiritual practice in our modern age. Through interactive exercises, text study, contemplative practices, writing and discussion, this class will explore ...

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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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Jews in Science Fiction: It’s Not a Fantasy

A400-JCL Instructors: Weisman Starting: 04/20/2017 Location: Jewish Community Library

Jewish writers, including many from the Bay Area, are responsible for some of the most entertaining and mind-bending stories, books, and scripts written in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Who are these local ...

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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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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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People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

A500-HM Instructors: Starting: 04/22/2017 Location: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley's Cal Day, April 22nd from 10am to 3pm as we celebrate the makers of our world! Become a maker by learning to weave, making ...

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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 ...

Pride Week's Pink Triangle

A200-CJM Instructors: Ramer Starting: 04/21/2017 Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum

During Pride Week, a giant pink triangle is installed on Twin Peaks. Andrew Ramer talks about how the pink triangle went from being a symbol of persecution to a symbol of gay pride. This gallery ...

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Shabbat Salon: The Mitzvah Project

A200-BA Instructors: Grunwald Starting: 04/08/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Am

A One-Person Play/Lecture that Explores One of the Most Astonishing Stories of the Second World War They were called mischlinge, a Nazi term meaning “mixed blood” or, more crudely, “halfbreed.” The term was used to ...

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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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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 ...

The Victim as Icon: Moral Dilemmas in Appropriations of Anne Frank

H250-SJ Instructors: Leopold Starting: 04/25/2017 Location: JCCSF

Anne Frank has attained iconic status and has become a household name representing a wide range of causes. Anne’s father, who published his daughter’s diary after the war, hoped it would inspire people all over ...

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Under the Wings of Rafa'el: Blessings, Songs, and Explorations for a Healing Path

P500-KE Instructors: Bernstein Starting: 04/02/2017 Location: Congregation Kol Emeth

Under the Wings of Rafa'el is a project Cantor Sharon Bernstein began five years ago for a congregant undergoing chemotherapy. Now available as a book and CD, the project includes 12 prayers focused on the ...

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What Really Happened in the Exodus? A Discovery Day for Kids and Parents

H225-TS Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Jewish tradition tells us to live Passover as if we ourselves were there with Moses over 3,000 years ago. This class gives you a chance to do just that. We will discover the land of ...

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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: ...

Yom HaShoah: The Future of Our Past

X500-SJ Instructors: Smith Starting: 04/23/2017 Location: JCCSF

Join us for a conversation about memory and testimony with Stephen D. Smith, USC Shoah Foundation. Smith will discuss how our Holocaust survivor's testimonies live on for future generations. This will be followed by a ...