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Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
510-848-0237 https://www.jcceastbay.org/
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January 2020

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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February 2020

Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — JCCEB — Session 1: The Other Conversation

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Samuel J. Salkin
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$10

The Other Conversation: Talking With Your Family About Your Final Wishes This session will address the best ways to talk with family about personal preferences for final wishes and suggestions on how to navigate scenarios where there might be differing beliefs. Topics include funeral planning, choosing a cemetery, picking a plot for cremains, stillbirths, and interment, financial planning and the money conversation, and issues facing interfaith/intermarried families.   HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica), the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial…

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Journey Through Jewish Music — Winter 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 thru Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Topics: The Arts
Educator: Howard Rachelson
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$72 – $120

Howard Rachelson's multimedia musical voyage through Jewish history, from the time of King David to the current day, is a must-see. Travel through Sephardic, Ladino, Ashkenazi, Klezmer, Yiddish, Chasidic, and Classical music, as well as Yiddish Theater in NYC, Broadway composers, Jewish pop stars, Israeli music stars and world music. Featuring photos, videos, songs and fascinating facts. A feast for your ears and eyes!

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Advanced Hebrew – Winter 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 thru Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$144 – $240

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…

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Beginning Hebrew – Winter 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 thru Wednesday, April 1, 2020
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$144 – $240

In this class, 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. Required text: *Hebrew From Scratch*. Please purchase the book at (http://www.afikomen.com/) before the first session. Afikomen is a community partner and plays a substantial role in contributing to the vibrant, diverse and engaged Bay Area Jewish community. We encourage you to purchase your course materials from them.

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Continuing Hebrew – Winter 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 thru Wednesday, April 1, 2020
8:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Topics: Hebrew, Languages
Educator: Ilan Vitemberg
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$144 – $240

In this class, 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 Beginning Hebrew 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 vibrant, diverse and engaged Bay Area Jewish community. We…

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March 2020

Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — JCCEB — Session 2: Making Choices

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Edna J. Stewart
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$10

Making Choices: Advance Directives and Final Wishes This session will demystify advance ethical wills, planning, and ethical dilemmas such as extending life, organ donation, genetic testing, abortion, autopsy, stem cell usage, and the differences between a DNR and a POLST. This course also has a practical aspect where actual forms will be examined and explained. HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica), the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center present “Walking in the Valley…

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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 — JCCEB — Session 3: Dying Death Burial

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Stuart Kelman
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$10

Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do In this session, you will become confident and comfortable with Vidui (the Jewish way of last words), Jewish laws, customs, and traditions about dying, performing tahara (preparing the body), the funeral service, and issues concerning burial and cremation.  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 ... and Not Being Afraid,” a series of discussions about the…

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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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May 2020

Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — JCCEB — Session 4: The Art of Comfort

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Dan Fendel
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$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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June 2020

Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — JCCEB — Session 5: Mourning and Grief

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$10

Mourning and Grief: After the Death This session will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning, grief, and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special cases of death such as stillbirth, neonatal, suicide, physician-assisted death, sudden, and traumatic death. The customs of the first year of mourning (sheloshim) will also be discussed. HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica), the Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and the Bay Area…

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Walking in the Valley of the Shadow — JCCEB — Session 6: When Life Is Over

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Educator: Peretz Wolf-Prusan
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$10

When Life Is Over: Where Is Your Soul? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife This session will survey the diverse range of Jewish conceptions of the soul, the afterlife, resurrection, and reincarnation, and reflect on the big questions at the end of life. 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 ... and Not Being Afraid,” a series of discussions about…

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