Dismiss

Please upgrade to a newer browser.

The Lehrhaus website works best in modern browsers like Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4, Google Chrome 10, Safari 3 and newer. If you are not using one of these, you may encounter visual glitches or other problems.

Courses by region: East Bay

Add to cart Series

Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Online only)

I100-OL

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 ...

Add to cart Series

Introduction to the Jewish Experience

I120-TS

Introduction to the Jewish Experience is a three-part series of classes to introduce students to Jewish culture and practice. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: Jews who did not receive a Jewish education, ...

Add to cart Series

Mussar for Modern Life

P400s-TS

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 ...

Add to cart

Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: The Book of Esther

L310-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/28/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides ...

Add to cart

Beginning Modern Hebrew

L100-BJ Instructors: Vitemberg Starting: 03/08/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

In this class, 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 Israeli music. Required text: Hebrew From ...

Add to cart

Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 1A-B

L100AB-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/28/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

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 ...

Add to cart

Beginning Yiddish

L150-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 02/05/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do

G300-BE Instructors: Kelman Starting: 03/13/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

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 ...

Add to cart

Exploring the Hamsa: A Hands on Workshop

A150-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 03/04/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts

H300-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 01/25/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

Add to cart

Intermediate Biblical/Prayerbook Hebrew 2C

L200C-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/28/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

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 ...

Add to cart

Intermediate Modern Hebrew

L200-BJ Instructors: Vitemberg Starting: 03/08/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

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 ...

Add to cart

Intermediate Yiddish (winter)

L250-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 01/24/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts

I120B-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/17/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

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. We ...

Add to cart

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

I100B-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/21/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

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 ...

Add to cart

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 ...

Add to cart

Israel at 70: An Ancient and Modern Adventure (Onliine Option)

H300-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 03/08/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Modern Israel may be celebrating its three score and ten years, but in fact its lifetime stretches back over three millennia.Our course will begin with a journey through the key sites and events of ancient ...

Learn to Chant High Holy Day Trope

T200-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 01/21/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Would you like to learn the special melody for the chanting of Torah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? If you already know how to chant Torah or Haftarah trope, it is easy to learn ...

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - East Bay

TC850-BJ Instructors: Richman Starting: 10/08/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation. This unique project is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society of ...

Add to cart

Making Choices: Advance Directives and Planning a Funeral

G100-BE Instructors: Salkin Starting: 03/06/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

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, ...

Add to cart

Mourning And Grief: After The Death

G500-BE Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 03/27/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

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 ...

Add to cart

Mussar for Modern Life

P400A-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 02/06/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

Mussar for Modern Life

P400B-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 03/06/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

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 ...

Add to cart

Outrage, War, and Economics: Heschel and Social Justice (East Bay)

PC650C-BJ Instructors: Rosen Starting: 03/08/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

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 ...

Add to cart

Parenting in a Multiracial Jewish Family

P300-CBE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 02/22/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

Our Jewish community is increasingly multiracial, raising multiracial Jewish children is a relatively new phenomenon. Not many parents have the example of their own parents. Parents of multiracial kids have to consider: What is it ...

Prayerbook Hebrew: Getting comfortable with Hebrew Prayer

L150-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 01/07/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Did you take a Hebrew class but you don’t know what any of it means? Do you search for a deeper spiritual meaning in worship services? Would you like to be able to help you ...

Reading Hebrew with Tikva - Foundation 1

L100-LJ Instructors: Farber Starting: 12/15/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Learn to decode the Hebrew alef-bet! Being able to read Hebrew fluently is the foundation for all successful Hebrew language learning. Students of all ages and levels will master reading Hebrew in Hebrew with regular ...

Add to cart

Reading Yiddish Texts

L350-BJ Instructors: Chaver Starting: 01/22/2018 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 ...

Add to cart

Religious Activism: Heschel and Social Justice (East Bay)

PC650B-BJ Instructors: Rosen Starting: 01/25/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

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 ...

Add to cart

The Art of Comfort

G400-BE Instructors: Iliinsky Starting: 03/20/2018 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

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 ...

Add to cart

The Book of Esther

BC700-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 02/06/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides ...

Add to cart

The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years

H605-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/01/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers six 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, ...

Add to cart

Traditions of Continuity and Diversity: The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism and Classical Christianity

H250-LJ Instructors: Bramlett Starting: 02/20/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Jews and Christians claim that they share a common historical lineage, although this is often felt to be an uncomfortable fact. It has been said that there has never been a “real” Jewish-Christian dialogue because ...

Add to cart

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: ...