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January 2020

Beyond the Torah: The Book of Isaiah – Winter 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020 thru Thursday, March 26, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Ken Cohen
Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Road
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
$216 – $360

The book is a book for all time, but Isaiah the Prophet was a visionary living through a crisis-prone period of Biblical Israel’s history. So his writings are intended for his contemporary audience, and he deals incisively with the political, economic, social and foreign policies and issues of his time. This is not a weekly “torah-study” class, but an in-depth exploration of each chapter and verse, uncovering the religious, historic and cultural messages of the author, and the historical context…

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March 2020

Tapestry of Tongues: Modern Israeli Literature – Winter 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020 thru Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
$90 – $150

Literature was the main artform for the Jews until the 20th century: the story of Jewish literature is the story of the Jews. Modern Hebrew literature is, in fact, an amalgam of the languages of the Jews - Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic. The course will utilize “Ha’Ivrim - The Hebrews,” an exciting new documentary series created by Israeli filmmaker Yair Qedar. The film series has won eighteen awards so far and has reached millions of viewers in and outside…

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Israel, Judaism, and Jewish Identity: The Avant-Garde Thinking of Rabbi David Hartman – Spring 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020 thru Monday, April 27, 2020
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$90 – $150

For David Hartman, the rebirth of Israel and our emergence from the Holocaust initiated a new stage in Jewish history: the third stage in the unfolding covenantal drama of the Jewish people. He was vitally and passionately concerned about the issues raised by the contemporary concrete existence of the Jewish people. Among contemporary Jewish philosophers, Hartman is unique in stressing the challenge of the Zionist project and Jewish political sovereignty to Jewish identity in Israel and the Diaspora. He was,…

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April 2020

Zohar Off the Page – Spring 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 thru Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Yosef Rosen
$72 – $120

The Zohar asks its readers to continuously diagram the 10 Divine energies (“The Sefirot”) that constitute the cosmos. While the Tree of Life is the most famous of these diagrams, Kabbalah is full of other models of sacred geometry—full of circles, spirals, lines, and letters. Playing upon the richness and fluidity of these diagrams, the Zohar urges each of its readers to make their own map of divinity, informed both by Kabbalah and one’s own creativity. This four-part workshop is…

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Piyut: Sephardic Jewish Liturgical Music – Spring 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020 thru Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Educator: Tsipi Gabai
$72 – $120

“Piyut is a chain of tradition of Jewish culture on every level. It is the melody of the heart and the longing for all of the good that lies within the Jewish world and its many communities” -Professor Ephraim Hazan, Bar Ilan University. Join us for an exploration of the enchanting world of Sephardic Piyut. Piyutim are Jewish liturgical poems, written in Hebrew and sung in prayer, at lifecycle events and at Jewish communal gatherings and celebrations. In this course,…

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Beyond the Torah: The Book of Isaiah – Spring 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020 thru Thursday, July 9, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Ken Cohen
Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Road
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
$234 – $390

This Spring, we continue our study of the prophet Isaiah and his book. The book is a book for all time, but Isaiah the Prophet was a visionary living through a crisis-prone period of Biblical Israel’s history. So his writings are intended for his contemporary audience, and he deals incisively with the political, economic, social and foreign policies and issues of his time. This is not a weekly “torah-study” class, but an in-depth exploration of each chapter and verse, uncovering…

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May 2020

Origins of the Bible and How To Read It – Spring 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 thru Tuesday, May 26, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Jeremy Morrison
$72 – $120

We will discuss myth and metaphor and the Bible's literary history in order to uncover the ancient meanings of several of the Bible's classic narratives and its law codes, and to determine their relevance to modern day Jews and the world in which we live. This course will focus on the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

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