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Beyond the Basics: Approaches for Text Study

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2014.

"Torah" [teaching] refers to both the five books of Moses and to the library of sacred Jewish texts. In this session, we'll take a deeper look at both by studying specific short texts. We'll learn modern and traditional ways to read and question the texts. Students will finish with a toolbox of skills for reading and discussing texts in a Jewish setting, better equipped to access the Jewish worldview in the books. Additionally, the texts will open the doors to a Jewish view of the world and a Jewish point of view on ethics.

Schedule

# Sessions
6
Date & time

Thursdays, January 16 - February 20
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Tuition
$85 for the public
$75 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 16 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Rabbi Ruth Adar
Jan 23 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Rabbi Ruth Adar
Jan 30 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 06 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 13 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 20 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Rabbi Ruth Adar

Location

Congregation Beth El

1301 Oxford Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-848-3988

Instructors

Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth Adar Rabbi Ruth Adar loves teaching "Intro," partly because she was once an Intro student herself. Currently Rabbi Adar is the "Coffee Shop Rabbi" teaching unaffiliated Jews in informal spaces all over the East Bay. Rabbi Adar attended Hebrew Union College, receiving ordination in May, 2008. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee. She recently published an article in Reform Jewish Quarterly, "Ethical Priorities in Giving Tzedakah."