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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
Topics: Zohar Circles
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…

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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
Topics: Talmud Circles
$216 – $360

We began our study of Ta’anit in a time of drought and have continued through our current pandemic. This tractate…

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Palo Alto 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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October 2020

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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Beyond the Torah: Isaiah: The Suffering Servant (Winter 2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 thru Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Topics: Text Courses
Educator: Ken Cohen
$162 – $270

This winter, we continue our study of the prophet Isaiah and his book. Israel’s prophets were rarely silent about the…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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Yemima (Winter 2021)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 thru Sunday, February 14, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Educator: Naama Sadan
$72 – $120

"We don't struggle to heal, struggle separately, grow separately." (Yemima Avital)

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 the second Yemima Series at HaMaqom.

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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…

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism (Winter 2021)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 thru Sunday, March 14, 2021
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$144 – $240

Judaism comes in many flavors, and yet we also have powerful essentials in common. In this term of Introduction to…

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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…

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Deepening Your Rest and Renewal (Winter 2021)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 thru Sunday, February 7, 2021
5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
$54 – $90

Judaism provides a strong template for stepping away from the chaos, overwhelm, and confusion that can seep into our lives. Many of us aren’t quite ready for a traditional Shabbat, but we could really use ways of stopping the tumult of our everyday activities to get genuine downtime, connect with others, and experience the source of our life energy. In this class, we will learn more about what it takes to create a true oasis in time.

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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…

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Developing Your Mind Body and Soul: An Exploration of Maimonides’s “The Eight Chapters” (Winter 2021)

Monday, January 25, 2021 thru Monday, March 22, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topics: Text Courses
$144 – $240

How does one attain virtue, character, and moral practice? Where in Jewish literature are these ideas worked out? The Eight Chapters of Maimonides. The Eight Chapters presents a pathway to character development, an ethics of virtue that creates a moral person. The Eight Chapters in incredibly accessible and these short chapters, one each week, will be our shared text.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sampling Judaism – Winter 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021 thru Monday, February 8, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$48 – $80

In this three-week series, students explore the concepts of God, Torah, and Israel as they are understood by Jews in the 21st century. This class is for anyone who is curious about Judaism; no question is too basic.

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Community Cafe: Storytelling with a Heart – First Series – Stories of Liberation, Revelation, and Deliverance (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 thru Tuesday, March 23, 2021
5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
$180 – $300

Telling stories is one of the most powerful means that we have to connect with and inspire each other. Especially in these times of increased isolation, storytelling forges connections among people, and between people and ideas. In this course, participants workshop real-life stories and share them with each other.

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Jewish Magic: Sorcery, Spells, and Illusion (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 thru Tuesday, February 23, 2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Text Courses
Educator: Yosef Rosen, Ph.D.
$90 – $150

In this five-part course, we will encounter the past and present of Jewish magic through studying magical texts, artifacts, practices, and history. We will strive to explore this mysterious terrain through a balance of wonder, critical-analysis, and conversation. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about spirituality, Jewish history, or the occult, from a scholarly and experiential perspective, please consider joining.

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Binaries of Jewish Life (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 thru Tuesday, February 9, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Topics: Social Justice
Educator: Meg Adler
$54 – $90

Join us in a three-part discussion about how three huge binaries of Jewish life impact our experiences as Jews in…

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February 2021

Exploring the Book of Esther (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 thru Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topics: Text Courses
$72 – $120

Esther's story is exciting, romantic, and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this…

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A Writer’s Voice: The Art of Personal Narrative (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 thru Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Carl Nagin
$194.4 – $324

Explore the craft of personal narrative through writing exercises focused on developing an authentic voice and practicing narrative strategies as exemplified in readings of predominantly Jewish authors.

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Ethics of the Mothers & Fathers on How to be a Mensch (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 thru Wednesday, March 10, 2021
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Text Courses
Educator: Rabbi Ari Cartun
$108 – $180

This class will focus on Pirkey Avot's most general advice on how to be a mensch, a "stand-up" person, and sometimes a hero. A quarter of the book is devoted to these kinds of sayings, meaningful to Jews as well as people of all faiths and traditions.

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Mussar: Developing Four Soul Traits to Elevate Your Life (Winter 2021)

Sunday, February 7, 2021 thru Sunday, February 28, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Educator: Sara Ross Kupor
$72 – $120

The Jewish tradition of Mussar offers all of us a deep and rich experience of wisdom and spirituality. Join educator Sara Ross Kupor to study this centuries-old framework for encountering sacred texts and integrating practices into our daily lives.

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The Throne of God: Prostration as a Jewish Practice (Winter 2021)

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 thru Tuesday, March 9, 2021
5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
Educator: Hadar Cohen
$72 – $120

We will learn how various studies of text (Talmud -> Kabbalah) can connect us to a larger cosmological understanding of God. All are welcome, no previous experience or background is necessary.

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Wise Women – Winter 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021 thru Sunday, March 21, 2021
4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Topics: Social Justice
$90 – $150

Over six sessions, participants in Wise Women will learn from inspiring women educators of the Bay Area. Each session will focus on the educator’s favorite Jewish sources and how these connect to their vision, passion, and work in the Jewish community.

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Jewish Poets, Poems and Racial Justice (Winter 2021)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 thru Wednesday, March 31, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
$108 – $180

We are living in a time of awakening and renewed struggle for racial justice, and a rich body of poetry is growing that engages with this. Poems give voice: they can contain complex honesties and open up new perspectives.

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