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January 2020

Beginning Yiddish – Winter 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020 thru Monday, April 27, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 AM
Topics: Languages, Yiddish
Educator: Ken Blady
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$216 – $360

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). Stress in this class will be placed on learning the alef beis (print and script), elementary grammar, and reading basic texts. Emphasis will be placed on interactive conversation among students (almost) entirely in Yiddish in order to…

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Reading Yiddish Texts – Winter 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020 thru Monday, April 27, 2020
7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Topics: Languages, Yiddish
Educator: Yael Chaver
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$198 – $330

In this course, we will read and discuss selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. The class will focus on comprehension, based not only on the lexicon and syntax of the Yiddish language, but also on the cultural contexts in which the texts are embedded. Given the relatively late prevalence of standardized spelling in Yiddish, some texts will be studied in their 19th and early 20th-century versions to provide practice and develop confidence in decoding…

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February 2020

The Jews of Spain: Viva España – Winter 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 thru Monday, June 1, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$24 – $40

This course takes you through the amazing saga of the Jewish community in Spain, from its distant beginnings tracing back to the Biblical era, to the revival of Jewish communities there today, with a focus on the Golden Age.

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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years – Winter 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 thru Monday, June 1, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$24 – $40

Whether you're planning a trip to Italy or simply interested in exploring the topic online, we'll help you discover the people, places, and key events that make this one of the most compelling stories of the Jews in Europe.

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Discover Modern Israel – Winter 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 thru Monday, June 1, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$24 – $40

This six session web-based course offers the panorama of the Jewish experience from the dawn of the Zionist movement in the 19th century to today’s headlines of the modern state. It also includes "Virtual Visits": informative introductions to dozens of modern history sites and museums in Israel easily referenced so you can build your own Israel tour itinerary. With hundreds of illustrations, maps, informative video clips and recommended readings as PDF files, you'll visit Israel knowing more than most tour…

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Discover Ancient Israel – Winter 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 thru Monday, June 1, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$24 – $40

This course offers the panorama of the Jewish experience in the Holy Land from the early centuries of Biblical Israel's birth to the age of the Crusaders to the modern. Now you can visit Israel knowing more than most tour guides!

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March 2020

Introduction to the Jewish Experience – Spring 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 thru Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Ruth Adar, Jason Harris
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
$144 – $240

Jewish Practice & Lifestyle, Part Two. This three-part series, which can be taken in any order, introduces students to Jewish culture, history, and practice. Communal and individual Jewish life dances to the rhythm of two different cycles: Jewish lifecycle events and the cycle of the Jewish year. This section of the course examines the connections between Jewish traditions and lifecycle events, with an emphasis on the spring holidays of Passover, Shavuot, and contemporary national holidays.

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience (online) – Spring 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020 thru Sunday, May 17, 2020
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Educator: Ruth Adar
$144 – $240

This is the online-only version of the three-part series Introduction to the Jewish Experience. The online course follows the topics of the main course, and takes place on Sundays. Introduction to the Jewish Experience, which can be taken in any order, introduces students to Jewish culture, history, and practice. Communal and individual Jewish life dances to the rhythm of two different cycles: Jewish lifecycle events and the cycle of the Jewish year. This Spring's course topic is Jewish Practice &…

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Intermediate Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 2A – Spring 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020 thru Sunday, May 31, 2020
3:00 PM to 4:25 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

The third semester of the introductory sequence of Biblical Hebrew grammar, this course covers the more complex features of the language commonly found in Biblical and Siddur (prayerbook) texts. We will continue to introduce features of the verbal system and new grammatical components, including the past and future tenses, and relative clauses. Students will read more lengthy Prayerbook passages to develop reading and comprehension skills. For students needing review of earlier material, online links will be provided for recorded class…

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Intermediate/Advanced Biblical Hebrew 2D – Spring 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020 thru Sunday, May 31, 2020
4:35 PM to 5:55 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

We will complete our overview of the Hebrew verb system and continue to build Biblical text translation and analysis skills, using Bibleworks software in class. We will also translate sample texts from the Hebrew Bible. For students needing review of earlier material, online links will be provided for recorded class sessions covering previous chapters of the text. Students who complete this course will qualify for entry into our Advanced Biblical Hebrew translation and analysis course, which covers a new topic…

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