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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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A Taste of Talmud (Berkeley)

TC800-BJ Instructors: Richman Starting: 09/17/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

In these introductory sessions, we will explore how the Talmud developed and engage in a conversation with the text, the great sages and our modern world. These sessions will provide students who are new to ...

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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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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 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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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 ...

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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 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 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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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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Jewish Values at Standing Rock

P205-BJ Instructors: Goodman Starting: 06/06/2017 Location: JCC East Bay

Testimonies from Dr. Ammon Goodman and Briana Ruiz Join us to hear from Ami Goodman, a member of our local Jewish community, and Briana Ruiz, one of the youngest members of Idle No More SF ...

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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 ...

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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-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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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 ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P550B-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 06/10/2017 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 ...

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Mussar for Modern Life

P550C-TS Instructors: Kolman Antebi Starting: 07/08/2017 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 ...

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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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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 ...

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 ...

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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 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 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 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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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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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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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 ...