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September 2019

Hebrew Level B (mornings) — Fall 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 thru Thursday, December 12, 2019
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
$180 – $300

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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Hebrew Level D – Fall 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 thru Thursday, December 12, 2019
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$180 – $300

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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Hebrew Level E — Fall 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 thru Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$180 – $300

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. The level will be set by the instructor at the first class session.

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Hebrew Advanced Conversational — Fall 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 thru Thursday, December 12, 2019
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Orna Morad
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$180 – $300

This course will focus on conversational skills with an attention to improving fluency.

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Talmud Circle — EBJCC – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Sunday, September 15, 2019 thru Sunday, June 7, 2020
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Educator: Dorothy Richman
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$210 – $350

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? The Talmud raises questions about “Holy Men” pronouncing the "meaning" of a disaster. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological significance of hunger, suffering, and abundance.” She writes, "These narratives blunt the moral condemnation inherent in disaster – and suggest that blessing often lies beneath…

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Talmud Circle — OFJCC – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Sunday, September 15, 2019 thru Sunday, June 7, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Educator: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303 United States
$210 – $350

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? The Talmud raises questions about “Holy Men” pronouncing the "meaning" of a disaster. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological significance of hunger, suffering, and abundance.” She writes, "These narratives blunt the moral condemnation inherent in disaster – and suggest that blessing often lies beneath…

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Talmud Circle — APJCC – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Sunday, September 15, 2019 thru Sunday, June 7, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Educator: Jennifer Clayman
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201
Los Gatos, 95032 United States
$210 – $350

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? The Talmud raises questions about “Holy Men” pronouncing the "meaning" of a disaster. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “overturns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological significance of hunger, suffering, and abundance.” She writes, "These narratives blunt the moral condemnation inherent in disaster – and suggest that blessing often lies beneath…

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience — Online – Fall 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019 thru Sunday, November 10, 2019
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 Fall's course topic is Jewish Practice &…

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Beginning Yiddish — Fall 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019 thru Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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 — Fall 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019 thru Monday, December 9, 2019
7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Topics: Languages, Yiddish
Educator: Yael Chaver
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$216 – $360

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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