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September 2020

Zohar in Aramaic – Fall 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020 thru Monday, May 31, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Educator: Daniel Matt, Ph.D.
$194.4 – $324

In this course, we will read and discuss the Zohar’s commentary on the Torah portion Yitro, which features the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. We will study the Zohar in the original Aramaic alongside a Hebrew translation and Daniel Matt’s annotated English translation (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 4). The Aramaic and Hebrew text will be provided; students are expected to obtain a copy of the English translation.

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Marin Talmud Circle – Fall 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020 thru Sunday, June 6, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
$216 – $360

We began our study of Ta’anit in a time of drought and have continued through our current pandemic. This tractate begins with the practices and themes of fast days, covering both communal fasts and private and individual fasts. The fasts were often responses to drought and pestilence. It has been an astonishingly relevant study. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological…

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Berkeley Talmud Circle – Fall 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020 thru Sunday, June 6, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
$216 – $360

We began our study of Ta’anit in a time of drought and have continued through our current pandemic. This tractate begins with the practices and themes of fast days, covering both communal fasts and private and individual fasts. The fasts were often responses to drought and pestilence. It has been an astonishingly relevant study. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological…

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San Francisco / Santa Rosa Talmud Circle – Fall 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020 thru Sunday, June 6, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
$216 – $360

We began our study of Ta’anit in a time of drought and have continued through our current pandemic. This tractate begins with the practices and themes of fast days, covering both communal fasts and private and individual fasts. The fasts were often responses to drought and pestilence. It has been an astonishingly relevant study. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological…

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Lunchtime Talmud – Fall 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 thru Sunday, June 6, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
$216 – $360

We began our study of Ta’anit in a time of drought and have continued through our current pandemic. This tractate begins with the practices and themes of fast days, covering both communal fasts and private and individual fasts. The fasts were often responses to drought and pestilence. It has been an astonishingly relevant study. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological…

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Zohar Circle – Berkeley – Fall 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 thru Wednesday, February 3, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Yosef Rosen, Ph.D.
$216 – $360

Fantasies of Companionship and Connection: Zohar Leviticus, Pritzker Vol. VII During these months of isolation, the Zohar’s legends of devotional community and friendship offer us a poignant model of what we miss. The Zohar’s spirituality is thoroughly social; to connect to the divine begins by connecting to one’s friends and teachers. Together on-line, we will try to live this world-view and create a circle of learning and community. This year we will study the Zohar on Leviticus (Pritzker Edition, Vol.…

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October 2020

Introduction to the Jewish Experience – Fall 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020 thru Sunday, December 13, 2020
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$144 – $240

We will explore the history of the Jewish People and their relationship to the Land of Israel through Jewish sacred texts. From Biblical history through rabbinic texts and modern responsa, we will explore the past and look at how that past shapes the present and carries us into the future. We will also explore the ways in which Jews do text study. No Hebrew is required.

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Zohar Circle – Peninsula – Fall 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020 thru Monday, February 22, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
$194.4 – $324

The Zohar is the great compendium of Jewish mysticism, myth and esoteric teaching, and is considered one of the most important religious texts of all time. The Zohar is a challenge to the normal workings of consciousness that dares us to examine our assumptions about tradition, God, and self. To experience the Zohar’s spiritual mysteries, you must engage the text and follow the words to what lies beyond and within. To receive its meaning, open the gates of imagination. This…

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November 2020

Sephardic Sages Bringing Peace to the World – Fall 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020 thru Monday, December 14, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Text Courses
Educator: Tamar Zaken
$54 – $90

Sephardic sages and the Jews of Islamic lands had an open and fruitful encounter with the challenges of modernity. This course will explore this moderate, inclusive perspective through Sephardic sources, old and new. We will explore ideas of justice, morality, and peace and will ask the question that these sages ask themselves: How do we bring peace to the world?

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December 2020

Got Hope? An Evening of Contemplative Study on the Significance of Hanukkah and its Relevance to This Moment in History

Thursday, December 10, 2020
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Hanukkah
$18 – $30

On Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of light! Gazing into the menorah, we open up our eyes to seeing the world, ourselves, and each other in a “new light.” We seek to see the light within the darkness, what Jewish mystics call the or haganuz, the Primordial light of creation,--a symbol of new beginnings, hope, and possibility. The legendary victory of the Maccabees over the powerful Assyrian Greek occupying forces suggests that “right” can defeat “might”—that miracles are possible. Similarly,…

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January 2021

Level F – Hebrew: Proficiency (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 thru Tuesday, March 23, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Orna Morad
$180 – $300

In this course, students will develop their conversational skills by bringing current events and good news to discuss in class. We will review the future tense and all the prepositions. Students will be encouraged to speak in Hebrew during class and beyond. Please contact Orna at ornamorad1@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you. The textbook for this course will be: “Ivrit B’Shnaim” (Hebrew Take 2).

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Level C – Hebrew: Intermediate (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 thru Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Orna Morad
$180 – $300

This course will focus on enriching student vocabulary and strengthening our ability to speak. Students will begin to  learn the future tense and class time will include celebrations of Jewish holidays, learning songs and sharing good news (All in Hebrew!).  Please contact Orna at ornamorad1@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you. The textbook for this course: Hebrew from scratch Part 2

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Level B2 – Hebrew: Elementary (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 thru Thursday, March 18, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Orna Morad
$162 – $270

This course will focus on the development of Hebrew vocabulary and an exploration of the present and past tenses. Students will celebrate the upcoming holidays in Hebrew and will learn about Israeli culture. Please contact Orna at ornamorad1@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you. The textbook for this course: Hebrew from Scratch Part 1

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Level D – Hebrew: Advanced Intermediate (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 thru Thursday, March 18, 2021
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Orna Morad
$162 – $270

In this course, we will focus on enriching vocabulary and strengthening conversational skills. Students will continue to learn the future tense and class time will include celebrating Jewish holidays, learning songs, and sharing good news (All in Hebrew!). Please contact Orna at ornamorad1@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you. The textbook for this course is: Our textbook will be Hebrew from Scratch Part 2.

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Level E – Hebrew: Advanced (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 thru Thursday, March 18, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Orna Morad
$162 – $270

This course will provide a deep dive into the future tense (binyanim). Students will strengthen vocabulary, reading and conversational skills. We will also practice our reading using articles from various newspapers in easy Hebrew. Class time will include celebrating Jewish holidays, learning songs, and sharing good news (All in Hebrew!). Please contact Orna at ornamorad1@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you.    The textbook for this course will be Hebrew from Scratch Part 2.

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Final Level – Hebrew: Mastery (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 thru Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Orna Morad
$162 – $270

This course is taught in Hebrew and is aimed at experienced Hebrew learners. Students will bring current events or good news to discuss in class. We will read articles that will help us practice conjugation and enrich our vocabulary. Students will learn poems, sing songs, read stories, and have discussions in Hebrew.   Please contact Orna at ornamorad1@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you.

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The Root of the Matter: Master the Various Hebrew Roots (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 thru Tuesday, March 30, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$198 – $330

Whether it is modern, prayer book or Biblical Hebrew that interests you, this course will take you to the next level. Learn to translate and form commentaries based on the root of the modern Hebrew words for the purpose of increasing your modern conversational Hebrew and gaining a deep understanding and meaning from Text-based Hebrew. The Hebrew with Tikva™ method helps students comprehend the poetry of Psalms, Biblical text, and prayer book Hebrew from its classical Hebrew source. A variety…

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Level C – Hebrew: Intermediate (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 thru Tuesday, March 30, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$198 – $330

This course will focus on enriching student vocabulary and strengthening our ability to speak. Students will begin to learn the future tense and class time will include celebrations of Jewish holidays, learning songs, and sharing good news (All in Hebrew!). Please contact Tikva at hebrewwithtikva@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you. The textbook for this course: Hebrew from scratch Part 2

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Yiddish: Elementary (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 thru Wednesday, March 24, 2021
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Yiddish
Educator: Ken Blady
$180 – $300

Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. All you need is some zitz-fleish (butt + patience) an ardent desire to learn, an interest in Jewish culture, and an ability tzu veren tzeshussen fahr gelechter (to crack up). Emphasis will be placed on interactive conversation among students (almost) entirely in Yiddish in order to develop the ability to form sentences for basic needs when conversing with Yiddish speakers. The instructor will include salient aspects of…

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Modern Hebrew: Advanced Grammar – Mastering the Various Prepositions מילות יחס (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 thru Wednesday, March 31, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$198 – $330

Did you know that unlike English, the use of prepositions in the Hebrew language does not always correspond with (to) the same verbs as in the English language?! In this course, we will review the conjugation of various prepositions, match them with the appropriate corresponding verb, and practice them in sentences, dialogues, songs, and a variety of exercises. The focus will be on prepositions that are not used in Hebrew the same way as in English. We will continue to…

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Level B1 – Hebrew: Elementary (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 21, 2021 thru Thursday, March 25, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$180 – $300

This course will focus on the development of Hebrew vocabulary and an exploration of the present tense. Students will celebrate the upcoming holidays in Hebrew and will learn about Israeli culture. Please contact Tikva at hebrewwithtikva@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you. The textbook for this course: Hebrew from Scratch Part 1

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Level A1 – Hebrew: The Basics (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 21, 2021 thru Thursday, March 25, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$180 – $300

Learn Hebrew from scratch! This course is designed for the complete beginner and is the foundation for all future Hebrew language learning. We will learn the alphabet both in script and in printed forms including the vowel signs. We will develop basic conversational skills and begin to acquire an elementary Hebrew vocabulary. Each lesson will include developing Hebrew reading, writing, and speaking skills.  A placement assessment is available upon request.

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Level A1 – Hebrew: Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical (Winter 2021)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 thru Sunday, March 21, 2021
3:00 PM to 4:55 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$144 – $240

This class introduces students to all the basic elements of Prayerbook Hebrew: the alphabet, vowels, vocabulary, sight-reading skills, and basic grammar. You'll learn some of the key prayerbook melodies and discuss the meaning of the prayers. It provides a strong grammatical basis for Biblical Hebrew and some of the vocabulary for modern Israeli Hebrew. Required text: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way is available for sale at Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley and other outlets. Please purchase the book before the first…

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Hebrew: Intermediate – Prayerbook/Biblical (Winter 2021)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 thru Sunday, March 21, 2021
5:00 PM to 6:25 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$144 – $240

This course will complete our study of basic prayerbook Hebrew using the text Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way, then begin to introduce the more complex verb patterns of classical Biblical Hebrew and the irregular verb system, while building Hebrew vocabulary. Students will start translating passages from the Hebrew Bible and learn to use Hebrew research references. Text will be provided free of charge by instructor.

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Hebrew: Advanced – Biblical Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East (Winter 2021)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 thru Sunday, March 21, 2021
6:35 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$144 – $240

Judaism’s sacrificial services ended nearly 2,000 years ago when the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by the Romans. But for the millennium before that, sacrifice of animal and other food offerings formed the centerpiece of daily practice. What was offered and why? What ritual items were used and who used them? Finally, did human sacrifice play a role in Biblical Israel as it did in other Near Eastern cultures? We’ll explore these and other questions as we delve into the Biblical…

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Level A2 – Hebrew: The Basics (Winter 2021)

Monday, January 25, 2021 thru Monday, April 5, 2021
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$162 – $270

This course is designed for beginners who have completed Level A1 (or equivalent). We will continue to develop and reinforce our Hebrew reading, writing, and speaking skills. Throughout the course, students will improve fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. During class, we will foster a supportive community of Hebrew learners! The textbook for this course: Hebrew from Scratch Part ONE (yellow cover) A placement assessment is available upon request

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Modern Hebrew: Advanced Grammar – Mastering the Verb Groups (Winter 2021)

Monday, January 25, 2021 thru Monday, April 5, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
$162 – $270

This course is taught in Hebrew and is aimed at experienced Hebrew learners. Students will bring current events or good news to discuss in class. We will read articles that will help us practice conjugation and enrich our vocabulary. Students will learn poems, sing songs, read stories, and have discussions in Hebrew. Please contact Tikva at hebrewwithtikva@gmail.com to find out if this is the right level for you.

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Advanced Yiddish: Reading Yiddish Texts (Winter 2021)

Monday, January 25, 2021 thru Monday, May 10, 2021
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topics: Yiddish
Educator: Yael Chaver, Ph.D.
$252 – $420

Together we will read Yiddish stories and literature This class is for students with some ability to read Yiddish literature in the original. We will read Yiddish classics, old and new. Some instruction and discussion will take place in Yiddish.

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February 2021

Level A2 – Hebrew: Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical (Winter 2021)

Sunday, February 28, 2021 thru Sunday, March 21, 2021
3:00 PM to 4:55 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$72 – $120

This course will complete our study of basic prayerbook Hebrew using the text Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way, then begin to introduce the more complex verb patterns of classical Biblical Hebrew and the irregular verb system, while building Hebrew vocabulary. Students will start translating passages from the Hebrew Bible and learn to use Hebrew research references.   Text will be provided free of charge by instructor.

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