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October 2019

Beginning Prayerbook Biblical Hebrew 1A — Fall 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019 thru Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00 PM to 4:25 PM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

Discover the essentials of Prayerbook Hebrew, starting with the alphabet, vowels, sight reading and basic grammar, all in a friendly, supportive environment. We'll also learn some of the key Prayerbook melodies, and discuss the meaning of the prayers. And as always, there will be plenty of coffee, tea and cookies. Required text: "Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way" is available for sale at www.afikomen.com. Please purchase the book before the first class session.

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Intermediate Prayerbook Biblical Hebrew 2B — Fall 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019 thru Sunday, December 8, 2019
4:35 PM to 6:00 PM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

The fourth semester of the introductory sequence of Biblical Hebrew grammar, this course covers the more complex features of the language, and introduces students to the process of translating and analyzing texts found in the Hebrew Bible. Our focus will be completing our text, "Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way". Students new to our course and needing review will have access to full video recordings of the previous semester's sessions. This course will benefit students seeking to brush up on established…

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Dreams and Dreamers in the Bible

Sunday, October 6, 2019 thru Sunday, December 8, 2019
6:05 PM to 7:30 PM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$144 – $240

Dreams and Dreamers in the Bible What did dreams mean to ancient Israelites? Our class will explore the original Hebrew texts recounting some of the most memorable dream stories in the Bible. But we’ll also dig deeper to discover what dreams meant to neighboring Near Eastern cultures. And in the process, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of what dreams mean to us today. We’ll begin the course with a visual overview of the dream worlds of Israel’s ancient neighbors in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Syria, visiting the people, places and texts that influenced Israelite thinking about dreams and their interpretation. Then…

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Philosophy Circle – OMJCC – Fall 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019 thru Monday, December 16, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
$105 – $175

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan leads this Circle on My Teacher: David Hartman, Seeker of Truth: We are coming upon the seventh year since the passing of Rabbi David Hartman (9/11/1931 – 2/10/2013), which does not seem possible because I hear his voice in my head nearly every day. He was one of the most creative Jewish intellectuals of our time and one of my greatest teachers. I studied under him in Jerusalem from 2001-2005. One of my classmates, Rabbi Ed Feinstein,…

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Antisemitism Today — Fall 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019 thru Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Vlad Khaykin
JCCSF, 3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
$108 – $180

Antisemitism, once considered by many a figment of the past, has resurfaced again and is growing rapidly in the United States and across the globe. Using text, the latest research and data, and other multimedia resources, ADL Associate Regional Director Vlad Khaykin will help us understand the phenomenon known as “the oldest hatred”, how it manifests today, and what we can do to combat it.

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Zohar Circle — Peninsula JCC – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Monday, October 28, 2019 thru Monday, February 24, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Lavey Derby
Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 800 Foster City Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404 United States
$189 – $315

This year, the Zohar Circle will study the “early years” of the Zohar, Volume X of the Pritzker Edition. This volume is stylistically and theologically distinct from the rest of the Zohar, as it does not yet interpret the secrets of scripture solely through the lens of Kabbalah. Instead, pre-kabbalistic forms of Jewish mysticism, philosophy, and rabbinic modes of midrash are all woven together into a dazzling and innovative commentary on Genesis. This early section of Zohar is known as…

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The Spirit of Integrity: A Mussar Study Group — Fall 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019 thru Monday, December 9, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Estelle Frankel
HAMAQOM | The Place, 2736 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
$72 – $120

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 explore four core virtues using…

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Israel & Eurovision — Fall 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 thru Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$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 seven sessions we'll explore "behind the scenes" of Eurovision and ultimately get a better understanding of the story of Israel.

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Advanced Hebrew — Fall 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 thru Tuesday, December 17, 2019
8:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$126 – $210

This course is for students who have already learned the Hebrew alphabet and basic vocabulary. We will focus on the four major second language acquisition skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—by immersing students in everything from classical and Modern Hebrew texts to Israeli music. This class is a continuation from the Continuing class. Required text: Hebrew From Scratch. Please purchase the book at Afikomen Judaica before the first session. Afikomen is a community partner and plays a substantial role in contributing to the…

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Zohar Circle — Berkeley – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Thursday, October 31, 2019 thru Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topics: Zohar Circles
Educator: Yosef Rosen
HAMAQOM | The Place, 2736 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
$189 – $315

This year, Zohar Circles will study the “early years” of the Zohar, Volume X of the Pritzker Edition. This volume is stylistically and theologically distinct from the rest of the Zohar, as it does not yet interpret the secrets of scripture solely through the lens of Kabbalah. Instead, pre-kabbalistic forms of Jewish mysticism, philosophy, and rabbinic modes of midrash are all woven together into a dazzling and innovative commentary on Genesis. This early section of Zohar is known as Midrash…

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