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September 2019

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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Beginning Yiddish — Fall 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019 thru Tuesday, December 24, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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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Back to the Prophets: Kings II — Fall 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019 thru Thursday, December 19, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Educator: Ken Cohen
Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Road
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
$234 – $390

This fall, we conclude our study of II Kings. This also concludes our many-years’ treatment of what is called the Primary History of the Bible: Genesis through the books of Kings. The fiery destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple accompanies the exile of much of the Jewish populace to Babylon, as well the removal of the last Davidic monarch from the throne of the ruined city. In other words, it is a tale of destruction, of seeming doom for the…

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Building Blocks of Judaism — Fall 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019 thru Thursday, December 19, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Heath Watenmaker
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
$81 – $135

This course is for 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. We’ll explore fundamental aspects of Jewish practices such as holiday observance and life-cycle celebrations, including opportunities for some hands-on practice and 2 field trips. We’ll also cover Jewish understandings of God and religious beliefs, essential…

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Talmud Circle — OMJCC – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Sunday, September 22, 2019 thru Sunday, June 7, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Educator: Deena Aranoff
$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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October 2019

Discover Israel, Past and Present — Fall 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 thru Saturday, February 1, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$24 – $40

This six session web-based course offers the panorama of the Jewish experience in the Holy Land from ancient Israel to the modern state. It also includes "Virtual Visits": informative introductions to 120 sites in Israel easily referenced so you can build your own Israel tour itinerary. With hundreds of illustrations, maps, informative video clips and recommended readings as PDF files, you'll visit Israel knowing more than most tour guides. Content will be available to registered students October 1-February 1, so…

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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years — Fall 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 thru Saturday, February 1, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Educator: Jehon Grist
$24 – $40

This expanded, web-based course offers seven hours of interactive information about the history and culture of Italian Jewry over two millennia. Whether you're planning a trip to Italy or simply interested in exploring the topic online, we’ll help you discover the people, places and key events that make this one of the most compelling stories of the Jews in Europe. With hundreds of illustrations, maps, informative video clips and recommended readings as PDF files, you'll visit Italy knowing more than most tour guides. Content will be available to registered students…

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