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August 2020

Setting Boundaries, Fixing Relationships – Yemima learning for Elul – Elul 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020 thru Thursday, September 17, 2020
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topics: Elul
Educator: Naama Sadan
$72 – $120

Yemima Avital was a contemporary Moroccan-Israeli healer and a feminine Hasidic Rebbe. Her work grounds learners when the world feels shaky and uncertain. To learn more about Yemima, see Yael Unterman's article. During this 4 session series, we will learn and experiment with a set of tools to help us ground and center ourselves as we prepare for the high holidays in the month of Elul. The method includes dictation, journaling, discussion and self-inquiry and the goal is to become…

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Entering Shabbat, Embodying Elul – Elul 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Elul
Educator: Kendra Fried
$18 – $30

The High Holy Days bring their fair share of extra activity and commitments while asking us to go within and reflect. In this modern age, (and on Zoom!) this can be challenging. We do not want to miss the opportunity of this sacred time. We want to embrace it wholeheartedly, ( b’chol levavkha ) and give ourselves the gift of quiet self-reflection during the potent month of Elul. Give yourself the gift of deep peace and reconnection with yourself as…

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Introduction to Talmud – Elul 2020

Sunday, August 30, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Educator: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
$18 – $30

This introduction to the Bay Area Community Talmud Circles is your opportunity to dip your toes into the Sea of Talmud. This session will explain, reveal, and demystify the formative works of the Jewish literary tradition. This session is an antidote to “Talmudic Reference Dysfunction (TRD), an embarrassing condition that can cause shame and humiliation” when others around you are discussing and quoting the Talmud. Note about pricing: As a nonprofit, we rely on tuition to help cover the direct…

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September 2020

Listening for the Still, Small Voice: Jewish Meditation and Preparing for the High Holy Days – Elul 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Elul
Educator: Dorothy Richman
$18 – $30

Elul, the Hebrew month preceding the High Holidays, is traditionally a period of self-reflection. In this time of pandemic, social disruption, and sheltering in place, how can we listen deeply to our own still, small voices? Led by R. Dorothy Richman, we will engage the spiritual practices of mindfulness and text study and, together, prepare for meeting the New Year.   Note about pricing: As a nonprofit, we rely on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course…

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Tears and Laughter: The Spiritual and Emotional Journey through the High Holidays – Elul 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Elul
$18 – $30

The High Holidays take us on a journey through the full range of human emotions. The traditional scriptural readings are designed to evoke both tears and laughter, sorrow and joy, love and awe; while the ancient liturgy, with its haunting melodies, makes us tremble ecstatically before the divine Majesty. Though we may not be able to celebrate the holidays inside our synagogues this year, we can still journey inwardly into the depths of our ancient rituals of renewal and draw…

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Return: A Four Part Journey – High Holidays 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 thru Monday, October 12, 2020
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Free

In this four-part series, led by Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, CEO of HaMaqom, an ordained rabbi, and Ph.D. in Religious Studies. Together, we will gather together online to reflect on the closing of the Jewish year and prepare for the year that is coming. Through music, silence, and learning, participants are invited to pause, reflect, and open themselves up to the transformative potential of this season of returning.   This course is FREE - dates vary depending on days of high…

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October 2020

Mussar: Generosity During Succot – High Holidays 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: High Holidays
Educator: Sara Ross Kupor
$18 – $30

Through the lens of generosity, we will encounter Sukkot’s main themes of community building, joyous celebration, hospitality, and connections to the Divine and nature. During our hour together we will explore traditional and modern Jewish texts and social psychology research from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Together we will engage in music, poetry, and generosity practices to make this an active and personal experience. Note about pricing: As a nonprofit, we rely on tuition…

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