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Under One Tent – Fall 2017

Classes & Multi-Week Courses

Fully explore Jewish culture, history and text.


  1. SIP & SAVOR: A THREE-SESSION SPIRIT SAMPLER

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses, Foodie Events
    Learn the abc’s of three different types of alcoholic beverages while enjoying up to eight tastings per session. Get a Bite of This Apple, Latkes & Vodkas, and The Grapes of Israel.
    GET A BITE OF THIS APPLE

    Total Wine
    Wednesday, Sep. 13 7:00pm Tickets available at the door

    LATKES & VODKAS

    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Saturday, Dec. 9 7:00pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    THE GRAPES OF ISRAEL

    Total Wine
    Saturday, Apr. 14 7:00pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. BACK TO THE PROPHETS: II SAMUEL WITH KEN COHEN

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 105 mins
    King David’s dreams and promise are on the verge of collapse. Having consolidated his united kingdom, he has established a Davidic Empire. Tragically, he is betrayed or deserted by many of those closest to him. Ultimately, his own beloved son, Avshalom, leads a violent rebellion that has David running for his life from Jerusalem. In this in-depth exploration of II Samuel, we will uncover the religious, historic and cultural messages of the author. Bring a Jewish Bible to class.
    BACK TO THE PROPHETS: II SAMUEL WITH KEN COHEN

    Contra Costa Jewish Day School
    Thursday, Sep. 28 7:30pm


  3. BEGINNING YIDDISH WITH KEN BLADY

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 90 mins
    Learn Yiddish 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). The instructor will include salient aspects of the history and evolution of Yiddish as grist for conversation. Students will also master 60 Yiddish shprekhverter (expressions) and vitzlekh (witticisms).
    BEGINNING YIDDISH WITH KEN BLADY

    Temple Isaiah
    Tuesday, Oct. 3 12:00pm


  4. GREAT JEWISH TRIALS: A FOUR-PART COURSE WITH RIVA GAMBERT

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 90 mins
    Did you know that the imagery described in the “blood libel” allegations of 13th century England have been used in attacks against 21st century Israel? Or that the stereotype of Jews heard in the prejudiced 1913 murder trial of Atlanta resident Leo Frank were leveled against Jewish Hollywood moguls in the 1930’s? And what was the reaction of some American Jewish leaders when Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion decided to hold the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann (one of the architects of the Final Solution) in Jerusalem?
    GREAT JEWISH TRIALS: A FOUR-PART COURSE WITH RIVA GAMBERT

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 7:00pm


  5. KABBALAH 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH – A 3-PART COURSE

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses
    Embark on a journey from the Prophet Ezekiel to the Baal Shem Tov and the scientific revolution. Become familiar with the tenants, questions, and themes woven within the tapestry of kabbalah. Experience life and relationships in terms of masculine and feminine energies.
    KABBALAH 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH – A 3-PART COURSE

    Chabad of the Tri-Valley
    Tuesday, Oct. 24 7:30pm


  6. LEHRHAUS PHILOSOPHY CIRCLE: HESCHEL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, PART I WITH RABBI PERETZ WOLF-PRUSAN

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 90 mins
    Spiritual Leader. Scholar. Philosopher. Social Activist. Today, we carry on that legacy. This three-part course (see Lehrhaus website for dates and locations for Parts 2 and 3) explores the fundamental aspects of Heschel’s life, religious activism, and moral vision. Students may take individual parts, or register for the full series at a reduced rate.
    LEHRHAUS PHILOSOPHY CIRCLE: HESCHEL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, PART I WITH RABBI PERETZ WOLF-PRUSAN

    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Thursday, Oct. 26 7:00pm


  7. PARENTING AND GRANDPARENTING IN AN INTERFAITH FAMILY WITH DAWN KEPLER

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 120 mins
    Your child has married a non-Jewish person. Possibly they have not yet determined whether to have a Jewish home. You know that any children they have are THEIR children but you hope to impart some of your Jewish identity to your grandchildren. How can you talk to your own child and child-in-law about your desire while respecting them as parents? How do you open the conversation?
    PARENTING AND GRANDPARENTING IN AN INTERFAITH FAMILY WITH DAWN KEPLER

    Congregation Beth Emek
    Monday, Oct. 30 7:00pm


  8. GREAT DEBATES IN JEWISH HISTORY

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 75 mins
    Discover a stirring and surprising account of Judaism’s intellectual history, from the ancient to the modern-day; as you relive epochs rich in narrative that provide fascinating context for six of the most monumental, intellectual and theological debates in our history.
    GREAT DEBATES IN JEWISH HISTORY

    Chabad of Contra Costa
    Tuesday, Oct. 31 10:00am

    GREAT DEBATES IN JEWISH HISTORY

    Contra Costa Jewish Day School
    Tuesday, Oct. 31 7:30pm


  9. SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT: AN ISRAEL ADVOCACY SEMINAR

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses, Lectures & Book Talks / 120 mins
    How can we seize back the agenda and effectively challenge anti-Israel opinions? If you would like to advocate for Israel in the public arena, do you have the skill set to present Israel’s case in an impactful and persuasive way? David Olesker, the British-Israeli director of the Jerusalem Center for Communication, is one of the world’s top advocacy trainers. His hands-on seminar will show you how to present a new, positive image of Israel.
    SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT: AN ISRAEL ADVOCACY SEMINAR

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Sunday, Nov. 19 3:00pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. THE ART OF COMMUNICATION

    Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 75 mins
    In this era of social media, the value of healthy communication is widely appreciated, even as its form now undergoes a drastic shift. This course explores Judaism’s insight into forging positive and effective interactions.
    THE ART OF COMMUNICATION

    Chabad of Contra Costa
    Tuesday, Jan. 23 10:00am

    THE ART OF COMMUNICATION

    Contra Costa Jewish Day School
    Tuesday, Jan. 23 7:30pm