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March 2021

Jewish Holidays and Traditions 101

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 thru Thursday, January 13, 2022
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Free

Holidays 101 at HaMaqom is an opportunity to get to know the beauty of Jewish holidays and traditions, from scratch. Join us for these short, half-hour sessions where we will explore holidays you may know, like Hanukkah and Passover, along with holidays that are specific to certain Jewish communities. Together we will learn about the values and rituals of the holiday and we will have a chance to ask questions and share thoughts about what we’ve learned.

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April 2021

Hebrew Level F: Proficiency (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 thru Tuesday, June 29, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
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.

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Hebrew: Intermediate (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 thru Tuesday, June 29, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
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…

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Hebrew Level A1: The Basics (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 9, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
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.

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Hebrew Level B2: Continuing Elementary (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 thru Thursday, June 24, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
$180 – $300

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.

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Hebrew Level D: Advanced Intermediate (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 thru Thursday, June 24, 2021
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
$180 – $300

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!).

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Hebrew Level E: Advanced (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 thru Thursday, June 24, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
$180 – $300

This course will provide a deep dive into the future tense (binyanim). Students will strengthen vocabulary, reading, and conversational skills.

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Hebrew Final Level: Mastery (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 thru Thursday, June 24, 2021
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
$180 – $300

This course is taught in Hebrew and is aimed at experienced Hebrew learners. Students will bring current events or good…

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Beyond the Torah Isaiah: The Edge of Redemption (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 thru Thursday, June 24, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Ken Cohen
$216 – $360

This Spring, we conclude our study of the prophet Isaiah and his book. The voice of this Isaiah is an…

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Hebrew B1: Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical (Spring 2021)

Sunday, April 11, 2021 thru Sunday, June 13, 2021
3:00 PM to 4:35 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$144 – $240

This course covers additional features of the language commonly found in Biblical and Siddur (prayerbook) texts using the text Prayerbook…

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Spring 2021)

Sunday, April 11, 2021 thru Sunday, June 6, 2021
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$144 – $240

What are the Jewish holidays? What do they mean for us today? What is the most important Jewish holiday? What…

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Hebrew Level F: Intermediate Biblical/Prayerbook (Spring 2021)

Sunday, April 11, 2021 thru Sunday, June 13, 2021
4:30 PM to 5:55 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$144 – $240

We will complete our overview of the Hebrew verb system, and continue to build Biblical text translation and analysis skills,…

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew: Joseph in Egypt (Spring 2021)

Sunday, April 11, 2021 thru Sunday, June 13, 2021
6:05 PM to 7:30 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
$144 – $240

Before the first Passover and the Exodus, our People spent centuries in Egypt. The Joseph narrative in Genesis not only…

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Hebrew: Advanced Grammar – Mastering Prepositions (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 16, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew
Educator: Tikva Farber
Online CA
$180 – $300

In this course, we will review the conjugation of various prepositions, match them with the appropriate corresponding verb, and practice…

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In God’s Image: LGBTQ Dignity and the Jewish Community (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 thru Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Topics: Social Justice
$54 – $90

This three-part session with Keshet explores LGBTQ+ language, identity, and inclusion, not only in our secular world but also in our Jewish community.

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Hebrew Level B1: Elementary (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 15, 2021 thru Thursday, June 17, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Tikva Farber
$180 – $300

This course will focus on the development of Hebrew conversational skills and vocabulary enrichment.

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Hebrew Level A1: Continuing The Basics (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 15, 2021 thru Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Tikva Farber
$180 – $300

This course is designed for beginners who have completed one semester of 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.

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Yemima Method (Spring 2021)

Sunday, April 18, 2021 thru Sunday, May 9, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Educator: Naama Sadan
$72 – $120

If you want a boost of self-care and clarity of mind and would like to do that by exploring Jewish wisdom please join us for this upcoming Yemima Series at HaMaqom. In this series, we will learn the Yemima Method, which includes dictation, journaling, discussion, and self-inquiry.

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A Writers Voice: The Art of Personal Narrative (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 9, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Carl Nagin
Online CA
$144 – $240

This writing workshop explores personal narrative as a means to express, memorialize, question, and uncover our experience and identity in their diverse, often contradictory manifestations. People drawn to writing memoir, fiction, or personal essays are welcome.

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Poetry Preview: Ingathering of the Exiles (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 22, 2021
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Educator: Dan Alter
Online CA
Free

In this preview session, we will read from the growing body of poems that bring our ancestors’ worlds closer—looking at one mine and one of another’s. This is a free session that will give you a taste for one of our upcoming courses: Poetry and Writing our Jewish Lineage.

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Discovering the Book of Ruth (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 thru Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topics: Text Courses
$72 – $120

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan…

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Poetry and Writing our Jewish Lineage (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 thru Wednesday, May 26, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Dan Alter
$90 – $150

In each session, we will read contemporary Jewish poems along these lines. Open-ended writing prompts will invite you to imagine (or invent) the worlds of your ancestors. Writing will happen during class sessions (no homework assigned) and there will be chances to share your work if you choose.

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Pop, Politics, and Play: Israel and the Eurovision (Spring 2021)

Thursday, April 29, 2021 thru Thursday, June 3, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
Online CA
$108 – $180

The Eurovision song contest — the single most-watched live TV event in the world — offers a unique lens through which to…

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May 2021

The Radical Jewish Union (RJU) 50 Years Later (Spring Event)

Sunday, May 2, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Educator: Fred Rosenbaum
Free

On Friday afternoon, April 30, 1971 approximately 40 members of the Berkeley-based student group, the Radical Jewish Union (RJU), occupied the Federation offices in San Francisco. They presented their demands for dramatic increases in support for Jewish education including community-supported day schools and teen programs – demands that deemed radical at the time.

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Neshamah Yoga (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 9, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Educator: Kendra Fried
$64.8 – $108

Nourish your body, calm your mind, and nurture your soul, through embodied Jewish devotion.

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Psalms for Healing (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 thru Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$54 – $90

Tehillim, or the Psalms are our people's first treasury of prayer. Many psalms have become associated with particular situations or intentions: psalms for the days of the week, psalms for praise, etc. This term we will focus on the ways that Jews have used the Psalms to pray for healing.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Their World (Spring 2021)

Thursday, May 6, 2021 thru Thursday, May 27, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
Online CA
$72 – $120

Dive into the history and profound impact of the Scrolls on the emergence of both rabbinic Judaism and Christianity, a heritage that lives with us to this day.

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Rebels and Rebbes in Israeli Rock and Roll (Spring 2021)

Thursday, May 6, 2021 thru Thursday, June 10, 2021
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
$108 – $180

Israeli rock & roll offers a surprising venue for religious and spiritual exploration and expression. In this series, we will delve into the works of several leading Israeli rock and folk stars, whose songs form a new corpus of contemporary Jewish prayer and or provide innovative commentary on traditional Jewish sources.
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The Power of the Story (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 thru Tuesday, June 8, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
$90 – $150

Wisdom Stories, Gospel Parables, Zen Koans, Sufi Tales, and Hasidic Masters

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The Inheritance of Peace: The Story of Jerusalem (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 thru Tuesday, June 15, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
Online CA
$72 – $120

We'll begin our journey with a visit to Canaanite Jerusalem 4,000 years ago and view the first 'golden walls' of the city.... and we'll close with the most recent 2,000 years: Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic Jerusalem, leading to the tumultuous 20th century, and Jerusalem's emergence as the restored heart of modern Israel.

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The Tree of Life: Making Kabbalistic Diagrams (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 16, 2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Yosef Rosen, Ph.D.
$72 – $120

This four-part workshop is an invitation to diagram your own spirituality/theology using kabbalistic models and maps. In our opening session, we will explore the historical evolution of sefirot diagrams, from simple drawings found in medieval manuscripts to a ten-foot-long, nineteenth-century map of the kabbalistic worlds.

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June 2021

Wise Women (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 thru Tuesday, June 29, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Topics: Social Justice
$90 – $150

There are so many wise Jewish women in the Bay Area. These women are educators, artists, mothers, activists, writers, lawyers,…

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Sampling Judaism (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 16, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$54 – $90

Are you curious about Judaism? Have you ever wished you could sit down with a rabbi and ask some questions? We will devote 30 minutes to a short talk about one of the big topics in Judaism (Jews & God, Torah, and Major Holidays) and 30 minutes to your questions.

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Tangled Roots, New Branches (Spring 2021)

Thursday, June 3, 2021 thru Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Educator: Fred Rosenbaum
$60 – $100

The Jews of the American South from the Colonial Period to the Present - Jews settled and thrived in the American South well before the Revolutionary War and numbered over 10,000 there by 1860. One of their own, Judah P. Benjamin, was second only to Jefferson Davis as a leader of the Confederacy...

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Embodied Jewish Experience (Spring 2021)

Monday, June 7, 2021 thru Monday, June 21, 2021
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Online CA
$54 – $90

Each week we will learn more about the power of embodied practice to bring our spiritual life alive and to become more grounded in ways to express our culture and our faith.

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