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The Building Blocks of Judaism (Spring)

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2015.

Intro 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.

Schedule

# Sessions
8
Date & time

Wednesdays, January 21 - March 11
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Plus a Friday evening Shabbat experience TBD

Tuition
$120 for the public
$110 for members
$65 for Émigrés
$65 Full-time students
Session Time Days Location Instructors
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

Location

Congregation Beth Am

26790 Arastradero Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

650-493-4661

Instructors

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

Rabbi Heath WatenmakerAfter 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.