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Current courses by topic: History

10 courses in 2 subcategories:

Ancient and Medieval History (4 courses)

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Ancient Israel's "Egyptian" Tribe: The Levites

L315-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/22/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

Blending elements from Richard Elliott Friedman's new bestseller, The Exodus and other sources, we will explore the historical, archaeological and textual evidence suggesting a special connection between Egypt and the tribe of Levi. From there, ...

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Back to the Prophets — The Book of I KINGS: The King (SOLOMON) is Dead; Long Live the Kings?!?

T106C-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 04/12/2018 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Spring, Israel’s (and our) wonder at the United Kingdom of Israel under the Davidic Dynasty comes to an end. Solomon’s unwise policies have alienated many of the Tribes of Israel. When Solomon’s son and ...

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Biblical Archaeology: The Greatest Hits

H400-CBT Instructors: Cohen Starting: 04/10/2018 Location: Congregation B'nai Tikvah

Discoveries over the past century (and the last few years!) have shed new light on the world that produced the Jewish Bible. In some cases, these archaeological finds support and augment the Biblical narrative we’ve ...

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How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts

H300-OMJ Instructors: Morrison Starting: 05/02/2018 Location: Osher Marin JCC

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

Modern History (6 courses)

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Online only)

I100-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

I120-TS

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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Hollywood and the Jews: 1930 - 1960

H300-CBS Instructors: Gambert Starting: 07/11/2018 Location: Congregation B'nai Shalom

In this course we will look at three themes relating to Hollywood and the Jews between 1930 and 1960. The Disappearing Jew How Jewish characters and issues disappeared from the silver screen making American Jewry ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I120C-TS Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/04/2018 Location: Temple Sinai

Since the very beginning, the People of Israel have had multiple understandings and expressions of a living Torah. In this class we will study the varieties of Judaism in the 21st century. That list includes ...

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

I100C-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 04/08/2018 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

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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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

H350-JCL Instructors: Zipperstein Starting: 05/31/2018 Location: Jewish Community Library

Kishinev's 1903 riot seized the imagination of the international public and became the prototype for what would now become known as a pogrom. It would provide a crucial impetus to developments as far flung as ...