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March 2020

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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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

Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — OMJCC — Session 3: Art of Comfort

Monday, April 6, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Abra Greenspan
$10

The Art of Comfort Judaism provides much needed guidance for family, friends, and caregivers when visiting the sick and consoling the bereaved. This session aims to support caregivers and mourners surrounding topics like sitting shiva, conversational etiquette (what to say and what not to say), and how to comfort the self. HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica), the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center present “Walking in the Valley of the Shadow ...…

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Israel & Eurovision – Spring 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 thru Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$108 – $180

The Eurovision song contest -- the single most-watched live TV event in the world -- offers a unique lens through which to explore Israeli politics, history, and the national mood. The Israeli government almost fell three times because of controversy over Eurovision. Over six sessions we'll explore "behind the scenes" of Eurovision and ultimately get a better understanding of the story of Israel.

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The Spirit of Integrity: A Mussar Study Group – Spring 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 thru Tuesday, June 9, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Estelle Frankel
$90 – $150

Mussar, the ancient Jewish practice of character refinement, forms an integral part of Jewish spiritual life. Its aim is to help us actualize our full potential for wholeness and holiness and live with impeccable integrity. In many ways mussar is a form of mentsh training. By cultivating the virtues and soul traits (middot) that make us whole, we fully realize our human and divine nature and fulfill the commandment to “walk in God’s ways.” In this study group we will…

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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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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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