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Courses by date: May 2017

14 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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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 ...

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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 ...