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Lehrhaus @ Jewbilee

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

Jewbilee is an annual celebration of Jewish learning. The afternoon is divided into sessions, with many classes, workshops and performances happening simultaneously during each session. You choose what you want to do.

Hundreds of participants, and more than 35 teachers, artists, educators, speakers, and performers focusing on this year's theme: ReJEWvenation.

Our 2018 Keynote Speaker is Erin Schrode at 1:30 pm. She will be having a moderated discussion with Michael Krasny about how her activism and Judaism intertwine. We will end with a mixer at 6pm. See the full schedule here!

Come learn with Lehrhaus at Jewbilee:

  • Prof. Fred Astren
    -The Meaning of the Golden Age of Jews in Spain
    -Rebirth after Catastrophe: The First Centuries of Ashkenazi Jewish Achievement in Poland-Lithuania

  • Abra Greenspan
    -Devotions of the Heart: Women’s Prayer Voice

  • Yosef Rosen, PhD
    -The Letters of Creativity: Abraham and the Creative Process in Sefer Yetsirah
    -The Letters of Meditation: Shiviti Plaques as a Jewish Devotional Artform

  • Rabbi Jeremy Morrison, PhD
    -"It is a Tree of Life to Those who Grasp It" (Prov. 3:18): The Centrality of Myth and Metaphor in the Evolution of our Religious Selves

  • Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
    -Resilience and Renewal: The Radical Mission of the Mishna to Recreate the Jewish People

  • Maha Elgenaidi and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
    -Revealing Texts: A Muslim and a Jew, Their Sacred Texts, Looking at Jerusalem/Al-Quds


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, January 28
1:00 - 6:30 pm


Tickets here

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 28 1:00 PM–6:30 PM Sun APJCC Abra Greenspan Fred Astren Maha Elgenaidi Rabbi Jeremy Morrison Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan Yosef Rosen


Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

14855 Oka Road Suite 201

Los Gatos, CA 95032



Fred Astren

Fred AstrenFred Astren, Professor and Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University and member of the Faculty in Middle East and Islamic Studies, received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, where he also earned a master’s degree in Arabic. Among Professor Astren’s publications are: Karaite Past and Jewish History (2004); Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction (Editor, with B. H. Hary and J. L. Hayes), Festschrift for William M. Brinner, E.J. Brill (2000); and The Jewish Printed Book in India: Imprints of the Blumenthal Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Judah L. Magnes Museum (1992). His areas of research include minority/sectarian history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Islamization, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. Having recently published a study on Jews in the early medieval Muslim conquests of the Near East and Spain, he is currently writing a book on Jews in the Mediterranean of the early Middle Ages.

Maha Elgenaidi

Maha ElgenaidiMaha Elgenaidi is the founder of Islamic Networks Group (ING) and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Abra Greenspan

Abra GreenspanAbra Greenspan joined Lehrhaus Judaica in August 2012. She is also the Director of Learning at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto. Abra has worked in Jewish education for over 30 years, including 12 years as the Director of Youth Education at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. She holds a BA in religious studies, an MA in Japanese language and literature from Stanford University, and an MS in Jewish education from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. She received her Reform Jewish Educator Credential in July 2011.

Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

Rabbi Jeremy MorrisonJeremy Morrison was born and raised in Boston. He recently earned a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His dissertation focused on the use of metaphors in the Bible and in other ancient Near Eastern texts. Following his ordination in 2001 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, Jeremy served as Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston for 15 years. Among other leadership roles at Temple Israel, Jeremy served as the founding director of the Riverway Project, a nationally recognized outreach and engagement initiative for adults in their 20s and 30s, and as the synagogue’s Director of Education. Jeremy lives in North Berkeley with his wife, Molly, and their two children, Ezekiel and Poppy.

Yosef Rosen

Yosef RosenYosef Rosen is an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensions of Jewish creative genres—Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry—and invite students to discover their own genres of intellectual creativity. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on representations of spiritual community in the Zohar. Before moving to the Bay seven years ago, Yosef spent many years in traditional and innovative yeshivot in both Israel and America. In his spare time he wanders the woodlands of Northern California and celebrates the hills of the Bay on his bike.

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center.