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Rabbi Ruth Adar

Jewish Life Educator & Board Member

Ruth Adar is a Reform rabbi, also known as the Coffee Shop Rabbi, a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and an active participant in the East Bay Jewish scene since 1993. She is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Adar was on the National Outreach Staff for the Union of Reform Judaism, a position that attuned her to interfaith issues. She is well acquainted with both the Catholic and Protestant Christian traditions, as her studies at the University of Chicago were in History of Christianity and History of Religions.


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March 2021

Jewish Holidays and Traditions 101

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 thru Thursday, January 13, 2022
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Holidays 101 at HaMaqom is an opportunity to get to know the beauty of Jewish holidays and traditions, from scratch. Join us for these short, half-hour sessions where we will explore holidays you may know, like Hanukkah and Passover, along with holidays that are specific to certain Jewish communities. Together we will learn about the values and rituals of the holiday and we will have a chance to ask questions and share thoughts about what we’ve learned.

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April 2021

Introduction to the Jewish Experience (Spring 2021)

Sunday, April 11, 2021 thru Sunday, June 6, 2021
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$144 – $240

What are the Jewish holidays? What do they mean for us today? What is the most important Jewish holiday? What…

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Discovering the Book of Ruth (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 thru Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topics: Text Courses
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$72 – $120

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan…

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May 2021

Psalms for Healing (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 thru Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$54 – $90

Tehillim, or the Psalms are our people's first treasury of prayer. Many psalms have become associated with particular situations or intentions: psalms for the days of the week, psalms for praise, etc. This term we will focus on the ways that Jews have used the Psalms to pray for healing.

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June 2021

Sampling Judaism (Spring 2021)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 thru Wednesday, June 16, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ruth Adar
$54 – $90

Are you curious about Judaism? Have you ever wished you could sit down with a rabbi and ask some questions? We will devote 30 minutes to a short talk about one of the big topics in Judaism (Jews & God, Torah, and Major Holidays) and 30 minutes to your questions.

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