Classes & Multi-Week Courses
Fully explore Jewish culture, history and text.
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 105 minsKing 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
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 90 minsLearn 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).
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 90 minsDid 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
KABBALAH 101: AN INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH – A 3-PART COURSE
Chabad of the Tri-Valley
Tuesday, Oct. 24 7:30pm
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 90 minsSpiritual 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
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 120 minsYour 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
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 75 minsDiscover 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.
Classes & Multi-Week Courses, Lectures & Book Talks / 120 minsHow 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.
Classes & Multi-Week Courses / 75 minsIn 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.