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January 2020

Hebrew Level A – Winter 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 thru Tuesday, March 17, 2020
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Etti Tassa
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$180 – $300

This class begins from scratch. 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. Required text: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1100886158?ean=9789653501126)

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Mussar: Jewish Wisdom for Everyday Living – Winter 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 thru Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Educator: Greg Marcus
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$108 – $180

A thousand years ago, rabbis asked: Why is it hard to be good? The Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar grew out of the recognition that we have an internal world that makes it hard to keep our cool, and do or say the right things. In today’s challenging political, cultural, and social media environment, we need guidance on how to show up as the best version of ourselves. Come join this highly interactive experience to learn how the mindfulness practice…

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Building Blocks of Judaism – Winter 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020 thru Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Heath Watenmaker
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$162 – $270

This course is for all those who wish to learn (or re-learn) Judaism. All are welcome: non-Jews, Jews, interfaith couples, those considering conversion, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Judaism. Students will learn the basics of Judaism in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

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Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 1A/B – Winter 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020 thru Sunday, March 22, 2020
3:00 PM to 4:55 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

This class introduces students to all the basic elements of Prayerbook Hebrew: the alphabet, vowels, vocabulary, sight-reading skills, and basic grammar. You'll learn some of the key prayerbook melodies and discuss the meaning of the prayers. This course provides a strong grammatical basis for Biblical Hebrew and some of the vocabulary for modern Israeli Hebrew. It is also a continuation of Fall 2019 Hebrew 1A. There will be coffee, tea and cookies in class just to keep you up and…

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Intermediate Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 2C – Winter 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020 thru Sunday, March 22, 2020
5:00 PM to 6:25 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

This course will complete our study of basic prayerbook Hebrew in the required text Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way, then begin to introduce the more complex verb patterns of classical Biblical Hebrew and the irregular verb system, while building Hebrew vocabulary. Students will start translating passages from the Hebrew Bible and learn to use Hebrew research references. Text will be provided free of charge by instructor. This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Zoom…

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3 – Winter 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020 thru Sunday, March 22, 2020
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

The Book of Amos: A Play in Three Acts. In many respects, Amos represents the dawn of classical prophecy. Speaking out on themes of pure observance of the faith, social justice, the abuses of the wealthy and other topics, Amos sets a standard and a style that will be emulated by the likes of Isaiah and Jeremiah in later centuries. In his recently published commentary on this book, Goran Eidevall analyzes the text through the lens of literary rather than…

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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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Intermediate Hebrew Level 5 – Winter 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 thru Tuesday, March 31, 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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Beginning Hebrew Level 2 – Winter 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 thru Tuesday, March 31, 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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Beginning Hebrew Level 1 – Winter 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020 thru Thursday, March 26, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:00 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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