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The Book of Ruth

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2017.

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves as a foundation for expanding on the story in later ancient and rabbinic era literature. Finally, it informs our own modern ideas of what constitutes Jewish identity.

This four-session class will delve into each of the four chapters of this brilliantly concise yet expressive text, both revealing the world of Ruth and linking its timeless meaning to our world.

This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursdays, January 19, February 2, 16, March 2
7:00 - 8:30 pm


Sign up before Jan 5 for early rate

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 02 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Mar 02 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth AdarRabbi Ruth Adar's passion is making Judaism accessible to beginners from all backgrounds via classroom teaching and home practice. Rabbi Adar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Adar has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1986. She blogs as the Coffee Shop Rabbi at http://CoffeeShopRabbi.com.