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Current courses by topic: History

20 courses in 2 subcategories:

Ancient and Medieval History (11 courses)

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Angels in the Bible, and Beyond

L310-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/27/2019 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This semester, we'll dig deeper as we discover the growing role of angels in the Bible, focusing on passages from Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah. A new angel category appears in Isaiah: the seraph, and both ...

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Angels in the Bible, and Beyond

L310-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/07/2019 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

From the Hellenistic to early Rabbinic period (ca 300 BCE-500 CE), the character and roles of angels in early Judaism changed dramatically. Starting with passages from the Book of Enoch to Daniel and on to ...

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Back to the Prophets - The Book of II Kings: Elisha, Syria, and many, many murders

T106B-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 01/10/2019 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Winter, we continue our study of Jewish monarchy in the Bible. Balancing the often-bad and occasionally acceptable-to-good rulers of the northern and southern Jewish kingdoms is the evolving institution of the prophets, trying their ...

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Back to the Prophets: The Book of II Kings: A Kingdom Lost, A Kingdom Saved

T106C-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 05/02/2019 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Spring, we forge onward in our study of the two Jewish kingdoms in the Bible. In the Northern Kingdom of Israel, a succession of foolish and frankly dim-witted kings progressively misplay their hands in ...

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Discover Israel at 70 Celebration

H610-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/01/2019 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This six session web-based course offers the panorama of the Jewish experience in the Holy Land from ancient Israel to the modern state. It also includes "Virtual Visits" informative introductions to 120 sites in Israel ...

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The History of Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred

H500-SJ Instructors: Bramlett Starting: 03/05/2019 Location: JCCSF

This five-week course will present an overview of the long history of antisemitism from its earliest roots in the Greco-Roman world to its present resurgence in Europe and the United States on the left and ...

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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years

H605-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/01/2019 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers six 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 Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Leviticus and Deuteronomy

H300-CE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 04/09/2019 Location: Congregation Emanu-El

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 ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Prophecy and Wisdom Literature

H300-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 03/07/2019 Location: Congregation Beth El

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 three section course utilizes methods for ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Prophecy and Wisdom Literature

H300-OMJ Instructors: Morrison Starting: 05/01/2019 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 three section course utilizes methods for ...

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Violence and Non-violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition

T300-CBS Instructors: Simon Starting: 02/05/2019 Location: Congregation Beth Sholom

This class is a four-part study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history. The first session looks at some of the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic ...

Modern History (9 courses)

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Discover Israel at 70 Celebration

H610-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/01/2019 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This six session web-based course offers the panorama of the Jewish experience in the Holy Land from ancient Israel to the modern state. It also includes "Virtual Visits" informative introductions to 120 sites in Israel ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

I120C-CBE Instructors: Adar Starting: 03/27/2019 Location: Congregation Beth El

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: 03/31/2019 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 - 5pm Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) Students ...

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Judaism and the Black Experience: Rethinking Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century

H300-JCL Instructors: Haynes Starting: 02/24/2019 Location: Jewish Community Library

The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America (NYU Press, 2018) offers the first exploration of the full diversity of Black Jews, including bi-racial Jews, adoptees, converts to Judaism, and Black Hebrews and ...

Lodz: The Glorious Beginning and Catastrophic End of Polish Jewry's Second City

H400-RG Instructors: Rosenbaum Starting: 04/29/2019 Location: Rhoda Goldman Plaza

Jews played an essential role in Lodz's rise as a commercial powerhouse by the turn of the century, but under the Nazi occupation they were forced to live in the longest-lasting, most isolated, and most ...

Taking Risks: Joseph Pell, Partisan Fighter and Bay Area Entrepreneur

H400-RMH Instructors: Rosenbaum Starting: 04/28/2019 Location: Richmond Museum of History

A youth who fought back from the forests during World War II, immigrated to Northern California and became one of its leading real estate developers. One of his earliest successes was the wildly popular Moo's ...

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The History of Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred

H500-SJ Instructors: Bramlett Starting: 03/05/2019 Location: JCCSF

This five-week course will present an overview of the long history of antisemitism from its earliest roots in the Greco-Roman world to its present resurgence in Europe and the United States on the left and ...

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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years

H605-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 02/01/2019 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers six 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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Violence and Non-violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition

T300-CBS Instructors: Simon Starting: 02/05/2019 Location: Congregation Beth Sholom

This class is a four-part study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history. The first session looks at some of the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic ...