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JCC East Bay

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1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
510-848-0237 https://www.jcceastbay.org/
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September 2019

Beginning Hebrew — Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 thru Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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 — Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 thru Wednesday, November 6, 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
$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 encourage you to…

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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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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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October 2019

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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