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The Building Blocks of Judaism (fall)
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, including opportunities for some hands-on practice and 2 field trips. We’ll also cover Jewish understandings of God and religious beliefs, essential Jewish texts, Jewish history, literature, and the significance of Israel in Judaism today.
This class will be taught by all Beth Am clergy — Rabbi Janet Marder, Rabbi Sarah Weissman, Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit, Rabbi Heath Watenmaker, and Cantor Jaime Shpall — on a rotating basis.
Thursdays, September 7 - December 7 (no class 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 11/9, 11/23)
7:30 - 9:00 pm
$125 for members
$75 Full-time students
$75 for Émigrés
|Sep 07||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Oct 05||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Oct 19||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Oct 26||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Nov 02||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Nov 16||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Nov 30||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||Beth Am||Rabbi Heath Watenmaker|
|Dec 07||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Thu||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.
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 6 year old son and a 3 year old daughter.