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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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March 2020

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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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3 – Spring 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020 thru Sunday, May 31, 2020
6:05 PM to 7:30 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

YHWH and Other Gods and Goddesses in the Bible. For a text that promotes the idea of only one God, the Hebrew Bible describes an entire family of deities. Are YHWH, the God of Israel, and El really the same deity? Why is so attention given to Ba’al and the goddesses Asherah and the Queen of Heaven? And then there’s Astarte (Ashtoreth) and maybe even Anat, as well as Molech, Dagan, and a good many more. This richly illustrated course…

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April 2020

Hebrew Level F – Spring 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 thru Tuesday, June 23, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$162 – $270

This course further expands fluency in Hebrew conversation and comprehension, and is designed for students with a reasonably developed level of modern Hebrew speaking and understanding. It continues building student vocabulary, grammar, and fluency skills through conversational techniques. The level will be set by the instructor at the first class session.

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Intermediate Hebrew Level 6 – Spring 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 thru Tuesday, June 16, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Tikva Farber
Tikva’s Classroom, 59 Ashford Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
$144 – $240
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Hebrew Level C – Spring 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 thru Tuesday, June 23, 2020
6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$162 – $270

This class is a continuation from the beginning level sessions. Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while developing vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners who have limited time for study.

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Beginning Hebrew Level 3 – Spring 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 thru Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Tikva Farber
Tikva’s Classroom, 59 Ashford Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
$144 – $240
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Hebrew Level B – Spring 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020 thru Thursday, June 25, 2020
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$144 – $240

This class is a continuation from the beginning level sessions. Students will learn Hebrew words and sentences while developing vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversational skills. The instructor will show both patience and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners who have limited time for study.

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