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The Building Blocks of Judaism (Spring)
This course is for those who wish to learn (or re-learn) Judaism. All are welcome: non-Jews, Jews, interfaith couples, those considering conversion, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Judaism. Students will learn the basics of Judaism in a friendly and informal atmosphere. We’ll explore fundamental aspects of Jewish practices such as holiday observance and life-cycle celebrations. We’ll also cover Jewish understandings of God and religious beliefs, essential Jewish texts, Jewish history, music and literature, and the significance of Israel in Judaism today.
These ten sessions cover Part 2 of the class. The topics we'll explore include liturgy, Jewish history, the Holocaust, and the Modern State of Israel. Students are expected to continue with Part 1 of the class which will begin in Fall 2015.
Wednesdays, January 21 - March 11
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Plus a Friday evening Shabbat experience TBD
$110 for members
$65 for Émigrés
$65 Full-time students
|Jan 21||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Jan 28||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Feb 04||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Feb 11||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Feb 18||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Feb 25||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Mar 04||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Mar 11||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Wed||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
After his ordination in 2011 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Heath served as Reform Outreach Initiative Rabbi at Rutgers Hillel in New Jersey (the first initiative of its kind). In addition to his rabbinical degree, Rabbi Heath holds a Masters in Social Work from USC (where he also earned a BA in English) and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from HUC, where he was a colleague and good friend of Beth Am educator Mike Mason.
In his Associate Rabbi role at Beth Am, Rabbi Heath has a full range of worship, pastoral and lifecycle responsibilities, with a special emphasis on member engagement. His work involves implementing innovative ways of engaging members of all ages, developing a network of engagement fellows, as well as enhancing Shabbat worship and teaching courses, especially on “big questions” in Judaism. He also has a passion for advocacy and social justice.
Originally from Southern California, Rabbi Heath and and his wife, Amy, are proud parents of a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.