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Courses by date: April 2018

19 courses.

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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with Dr. David Dalin

H500-JCL Instructors: Dalin Starting: 04/15/2018 Location: Jewish Community Library

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin ...

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The Presidents of the United States and the Jews with Dr. David Dalin

H500-BA Instructors: Dalin Starting: 04/14/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Am

The Presidents of the United States and the Jews mines the historical record to document the relationships between U.S. Presidents and the prominent Jews of their day, ranging from Haym Solomon, who helped George Washington ...

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Back to the Prophets — The Book of I KINGS: The King (SOLOMON) is Dead; Long Live the Kings?!?

T106C-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 04/12/2018 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Spring, Israel’s (and our) wonder at the United Kingdom of Israel under the Davidic Dynasty comes to an end. Solomon’s unwise policies have alienated many of the Tribes of Israel. When Solomon’s son and ...

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Biblical and Prayerbook Hebrew (spring)

L100C-KS Instructors: Farber Starting: 04/10/2018 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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Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

G300-ECH Instructors: Kelman Starting: 04/17/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

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 ...

Fighting Back: Jewish Resistance in the Holocaust

H500-SG Instructors: Rosenbaum Starting: 04/12/2018 Location: Friedman Events Center

Join us for three presentations by Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director of Lehrhaus Judaica, marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. 28 Days: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising What is the meaning for our own ...

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Intermediate Modern Conversational Hebrew (spring)

L150C-KS Instructors: Farber Starting: 04/13/2018 Location: Lerman Law

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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Intermediate Yiddish (spring)

L255-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 04/18/2018 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 beis, or done previous coursework ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I120C-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/04/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

Since the very beginning, the People of Israel have had multiple understandings and expressions of a living Torah. In this class we will study the varieties of Judaism in the 21st century. That list includes ...

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

I100C-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/08/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Temple Sinai 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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Making Choices: Advance Directives and Planning a Funeral

G100-ECH Instructors: Salkin Starting: 04/10/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

This session will demystify advance planning, ethical wills, and ethical dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, and stem-cell usage. We will also share practical knowledge regarding planning a funeral, choosing a cemetery, ...

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Making Choices: Advance Directives and Planning a Funeral

G100-PSC Instructors: Salkin Starting: 04/26/2018 Location: Peninsula Sinai Congregation

This session will demystify advance planning, ethical wills, and ethical dilemmas: extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, and stem-cell usage. We will also share practical knowledge regarding planning a funeral, choosing a cemetery, ...

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Moses Veiled and Unveiled

T300-JCL Instructors: Zornberg Starting: 04/16/2018 Location: Jewish Community Library

The narrative of revelation at Mount Sinai is immediately followed by the catastrophic episode of the Golden Calf. Dr. Zornberg will explore Moses’ role in this episode and answer the question: Why does his face ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P400C-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 04/10/2018 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 ...

Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan

A200-NVM Instructors: Starting: 04/15/2018 Location: Noe Valley Ministry

Ensemble for These Times (formerly the Jewish Music & Poetry Project), performs “Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan" a program of music inspired by the life and works of seminal 20th century writer and survivor Paul Celan. THREE ...

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Outrage, War, and Economics: Heschel and Social Justice (Marin)

PC650C-OMJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 04/30/2018 Location: Osher Marin JCC

When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying. —Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. 80 years ago, a young Abraham Joshua Heschel was appointed by Martin Buber ...

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The Art of Comfort

G400-ECH Instructors: Starting: 04/24/2018 Location: Congregation Etz Chayim

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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When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews

H300-JCL Instructors: Seidman Starting: 04/29/2018 Location: Jewish Community Library

Among the many translations of the New Testament, those directed at Jews present a particular set of challenges and opportunities. This lecture traces the four-hundred-year history of the Yiddish translation of the New Testament. While ...

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

G200-BE Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 04/03/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

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: ...