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Courses by region: East Bay

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Online only)

I120-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 ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience

I125-CBE

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, ...

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Interfaith Homes, Jewish Choices

P200-BE

Join Dawn Kepler, director of Building Jewish Bridges, for a series of five workshops on interfaith homes, Jewish holidays, and family.

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On Jewish Heresy: The 2017 Taubman Lectures

L110-MG

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life present the 2017 Taubman Lectures On Jewish Heresy with David Biale. Lecture 1: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah ...

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: The Book of Ruth

L310-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/29/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases that aid in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves ...

Beginning Hebrew

L100-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 09/11/2016 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Want to feel more comfortable at services? Would you like to participate more fully in your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Do you need a refresher course in reading Hebrew? This class will take you step by ...

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Beginning Israeli Folk Dance

A200-BJ Instructors: Sherman Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

We will learn a variety of classic, easy to follow Israeli folk dances, including both circle and line dances. Some of the folklore and meaning of the titles and the words of the music will ...

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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 Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 1A-B

L100AB-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/29/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

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 ...

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Beginning Yiddish from Scratch

L150-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 01/23/2017 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 ...

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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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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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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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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 ...

Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

H300-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/16/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The final lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores what "Heresy" means in a modern, secular world through the the prism of Gershom Scholem's and Hannah Arednt's work, including their contentious ...

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Intermediate Biblical/Prayerbook Hebrew 2C

L200C-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/29/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

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 ...

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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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Intermediate Yiddish

L250-BJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 01/25/2017 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 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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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts

I125B-CBE Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/18/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

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. With ...

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

I120B-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/15/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Beth El 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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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I125C-CBE Instructors: Adar Starting: 03/29/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

There have been multiple expressions of Judaism since the days of the Second Temple. In this class we will study the varieties of Judaism: Ashkenazi Judaism, Sephardic Judaism, and the modern streams of Judaism. We ...

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

I120C-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 03/26/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Beth El 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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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-TS Instructors: Hahn Tapper Starting: 03/26/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

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 ...

Learn to Chant Esther Trope

T200-BE Instructors: Milder Starting: 01/08/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Trope is the art of chanting sacred texts. Esther trope is the most intricate and delightful of the various trope melodies, and essential for the chanting of Megillat Esther on Purim. If you already know ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: Buber (Berkeley)

T650-BJ Instructors: Rosen Starting: 10/27/2016 Location: JCC East Bay

We celebrate the life of the renowned Jewish philosopher and educator after his 50th yahrzeit with readings and discussions from Hasidism and Modern Man. First published in 1958, this collection of essays examines the life ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (Berkeley)

T600-BJC Instructors: Matt Starting: 11/01/2016 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections ...

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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar in Aramaic

T600-CBE Instructors: Matt Starting: 09/21/2016 Location: Congregation Beth El

This special section of the Zohar program is led by Prof. Daniel Matt and is for students with the ability to follow the Zohar in the original (facility in either Hebrew or Aramaic). The Aramaic ...

Master the Intercultural, Multigenerational Seder

P200E-BE Instructors: Kepler Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: Congregation Beth Emek

Come discuss ways to engage people of different ages, cultures and religions in your Seder. This is one workshop is a series of five. See the full series here.

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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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On Stage: Hand to God at Berkeley Rep

A300-TS Instructors: Chester Starting: 03/02/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

Are we responsible for our actions or can we blame our destructive urges on the devil, the id, or childhood trauma? Hand to God uncovers the psychological darkness in its characters and seems to blame ...

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Passover's Famous Four

BC700C-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/06/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

While the story of Passover has a cast of thousands according to Biblical tradition, the text really revolves around four persons: Moses, Pharaoh, Aaron and Miriam. Each session of our course will delve into the ...

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Power, Privilege, and BDS

H250-TS Instructors: Dollinger Starting: 03/19/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

How has the racial definition of Jews influenced our relationships with other ethnic communities? With Jews of color in our own community? Around such contentious issues as Israel, Zionism, and BDS? Come explore how the ...

Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash

H100-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/13/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This opening lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores the rabbis' attitudes toward the biblical figure of Korah and his rebellion against the authority of Moses and his Torah. Presented by: ...

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Reading Yiddish Texts

L350-BJ Instructors: Chaver Starting: 01/23/2017 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 ...

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Revealing Texts: How Faith Communities Interpret Abortion

T600-DBC Instructors: Aranoff Starting: 03/22/2017 Location: David Brower Center

"The culture of a people is an ensemble of texts....” — Clifford Geertz It’s hard to find what people in the media and popular culture are talking about when they discuss critical issues through religious ...

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 ...

The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbatai Zvi

H200-MG Instructors: Biale Starting: 03/15/2017 Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The second lecture in the 2017 Taubman lecture series On Jewish Heresy explores the impact of the transgressive messianic teachings of Shabbatai Tzvi and Spinoza's philosophy and theology. Presented by: The Herman P. and Sophia ...

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle - Berkeley

TC850-LJ Instructors: Richman Starting: 11/06/2016 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

The Bay Area Community 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 ...

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The Book of Ruth

BC700B-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/19/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves as a ...

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The Final Mitzvot (Getting Your House In Order)

G200-NS Instructors: Stewart Starting: 03/05/2017 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

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 ...

The Open Faith Salon — Befriending the Unknown and Embracing Uncertainty: Inter-religious perspectives

P300-CHL Instructors: Frankel Starting: 03/05/2017 Location: Chochmat HaLev

Since the 2016 election many of us have been in a state of heightened anxiety. So much is unknown and uncertain, and fear is a common response to uncertainty. We humans love to “know” and ...

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on the Unknown

P500-CHL Instructors: Frankel Starting: 03/09/2017 Location: Chochmat HaLev

“The ultimate purpose of knowledge is to know that we don’t know.” —Rabbi Yehudah Bedersi, Bechinat Olam For most of us, the "unknown" is both friend and foe. At times it is a source of ...

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

G600-TS Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 03/09/2017 Location: Temple Sinai

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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iEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — A Project of the Shalom Hartman Institute

H500-TS Instructors: Mates-Muchin Starting: 10/09/2016 Location: Temple Sinai

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants will explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and ...