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Judaism 101
Introduction or Re-discovery of Judaism

Taught by Rabbi Susan Leider
Enhance your connection to contemporary Jewish life! This course incorporates text and discussion to explore biblical and rabbinic writings, history and culture, the meanings and metaphors of Jewish holiday celebrations, concepts of God, ethics, the Jewish lifecycle, and Israel. Drop in to any session or take the entire course!

Date: First class is Oct. 10 –18 sessions – Attend the series or drop in to any session.
Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm
Place: Kol Shofar, 2150 Blackfield Dr., Tiburon
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Susan Leider

Judaism 101
Judaism 101 is a 12 session course designed for Jews who seek a deeper connection with their heritage and for people who are not Jewish who desire an introduction to Jewish life and ideas. Topics include fundamental Jewish ideas and beliefs, ethics, the Sabbath and holidays and Jewish identity. Each one of the senior rabbis of the community and the Head of the Wornick Jewish Day School will teach two sessions of the course so that participants may have the opportunity to get to know them.
This course will be facilitated by Rabbi Lavey Derby, Director of Jewish Life at the PJCC and taught by rabbis from each of the community synagogues.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 2 – January 8
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Place: Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
Fees: PJCC Member Rate $72.00; – Public Rate $108.00
Space is still available

Rabbi Lavey Derby

Rabbi Lavey Derby

Exploring Judaism
This course is a year-long exploration of the history, beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Jewish people. “Exploring Judaism” will be interesting and meaningful whether you are becoming an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you are just beginning to explore Jewish studies, you are considering choosing Judaism, you are in an interfaith relationship, or you are simply looking for a deeper and more mature understanding of Jewish history and tradition. Students are encouraged to expand their Jewish literacy by taking this course in conjunction with Beginning Hebrew. Instructor: Rabbi Ruth Adar

Dates: Sept. 29, 2013 – Apr. 27, 2014 (23 sessions)
Time: 9:00-10:00am
Place: Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Rd., Lafayette
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members for the year
If you would like to sign up for 1 or more blocks of Exploring Judaism (instead of registering for the whole year), we welcome you to do so. Tuition is $30 per block for members; $65 per block for non-members.
Jewish Calendar / Holidays (i.e. Jewish “public time”): 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 2013
Jewish Lifecycle & Home (i.e. Jewish “private time”): 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/8, 12/15, 2013
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Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth Adar

Introduction to the Jewish Experience
Fall: Lifecycles and Holidays

Communal and individual Jewish life dances to the rhythm of two different cycles: Jewish lifecycle events and the cycle of the Jewish year. This class covers a basic introduction to the Jewish lifecycle (weddings, birth, bar mitzvah, conversion, mourning, and funerals). Then we will look at the Jewish year, with its cycles of fall and spring holidays as well as holidays reflecting historical events.
This class is part of a three-unit series; more information here: http://catalog.lehrhaus.org/series/2013/fall/I150-TS/

Date: Wednesdays, October 2 – November 20
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Cost: $105 for the public, $90 for members
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Rachel Brodie

Rachel Brodie

Jewishing: An On-Going Conversation about Doing and Being Jewish
Join fellow travelers and guides, JCCSF Chief Jewish Officer Rachel Brodie and Rabbi Batshir Torchio, on a wandering journey through Jewish history and culture. We will be “Jewishing,” exploring Judaism not as a monolith of static concepts and practices but as a dynamic system of choices and questions. Listen and talk, read and write, sing and eat your way into questions of Jewish identity, seeing through a Jewish lens, and living among Jews in the Bay Area in the twenty-first century. Whether you are Jewishly literate or beginning your exploration, if you’re interested in learning more about your Jewish heritage, if you are coupled with or parented by someone who is Jewish, if you are thinking about conversion, or if you are just plain curious, we hope that you will consider joining us.

Two Date options:
Wednesdays, October 2 – November 20
6:30 – 8:30 pm
OR
Thursdays, October 3 – November 21
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Place: JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco
Cost: $125 for the public, $100 for JCC members
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Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser

Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser

Building Blocks of Judaism
This course is for those who wish to learn (or re-learn) Judaism. All are welcome: non-Jews, Jews, interfaith couples, those considering conversion, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Judaism. Students will learn the basics of Judaism in a friendly and informal atmosphere. We’ll explore fundamental aspects of Jewish practices such as holiday observance and life-cycle celebrations. We’ll also cover Jewish understandings of God and religious beliefs, essential Jewish texts, Jewish history, music and literature, and the significance of Israel in Judaism today.

Dates: Thursdays, October 3 – December 19 (no class 10/10, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills
Cost: $125 Public, $115 members of Beth Am
See details and register here

Menachem reading at bris

This class, taught by Rabbi Creditor, prepares people for conversion.
A Guide to Judaism:
A Class for All Considering Conversion

Judaism is an amazing spiritual path, with nuance and texture that requires guidance. Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, has supported many people exploring their ways into Judaism. This year-long class will connect individual journeyers together and also introduce participants to a group of warm teaching assistants, each of whom has chosen Judaism as well. The class will deal with questions of Holidays, Bible, Philosophy, Prayer, Practice, Jewish Denominations, Law, Tradition, and Spirituality. No previous Jewish background is necessary. Welcome!

Wednesday Nights, 7:30pm-9pm

2013: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 — Nov. 6, 13, 20 — Dec. 4, 11, 18
2014: Jan. 8, 15, 22 — Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 — March 5, 12, 19, 26
Class fee (for all 22 sessions): $360 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley

Read more from Rabbi Creditor here

Introduction to Judaism
This course provides an overview of the Jewish life-cycle, holidays, and other ritual celebrations. Students will acquire an understanding of Jewish belief, history, and calendar, and gain exposure to important Jewish books including the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. Each session includes 30 minutes of Hebrew instruction. Additionally, during
the course of the year, students will be invited to participate in various aspects of Jewish living. Sessions will rotate among the synagogues based on the teaching Rabbi.
In partnership with Congregation Sinai, Shir Hadash, Temple Emanu-El, & Beth David.

Tuesdays, October 22nd, 2013 through April 8th, 2014
7:00pm-8:30pm
$180 (charge is per set of books, not per person)
No class on 11/19, 12/24, 12/31, and 2/18.
For more information, contact Jenessa Schwartz at CJLL@svjcc.org or 408.357.7411.

Rabbi Melanie Aron of Shir Hadash

Rabbi Melanie Aron of Shir Hadash

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Jewish Holiday Calendar

BEYOND THE BASICS: DELVING DEEPER INTO JEWISH EXPERIENCE

This course is intended for graduates of “Intro” courses as well as for those who have a basic knowledge of Judaism but who wish to look more deeply into the introductory topics.

These three parts roughly follow the outline of topics in Introduction to the Jewish Experience, but they assume that students have been exposed to some basic vocabulary and concepts. We will review those concepts and then dive into deeper questions. The focus here is to look at these issues in such a way that the individual student can think about his choices for engaging more deeply in Jewish life.

Fall 2013

BEYOND THE BASICS: THE JEWISH YEAR
The cycle of the Jewish holidays has provided a framework for communal and individual spiritual growth for millennia. To those newly observing the Jewish holy days and celebrations, the holidays can be perceived as episodic. We will look at the ways that they flow into one another, and how they may contribute to the growth of the individual and the community. Connections and tensions between points on the calendar offer rich insights into the meanings of the days. We’re going to look more deeply into the holiday cycle for the roots of the festivals and the logic that informs their flow.

6 Thursdays, beginning October 3 – November 14 (no class 10/31)
7:30 – 9:00 pm at Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley
$85 for the public and $75 for members of Beth El.

REGISTER HERE

Taught by a favorite Lehrhaus instructor, Rabbi Ruth Adar.

Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth Adar

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My good friend, Rabbi Ruth Adar, is teaching a class on the Reform synagogue Friday night service. She’s friendly, fun and you’ll learn something too!

MORE JEWISH EXPERIENCE
PRAYER: EREV SHABBAT

There is an internal logic to the order in which Jews say the prayers in the service, but it is not always easy to see. Have you ever wished that you understood what we are doing in the service? This class will examine the Friday evening Erev Shabbat service as well as some of the key prayers. No Hebrew is required.

Four Thursdays beginning Feb. 7
7:30 to 9:00pm
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
cost: $50
to register go here.

More Jewish Experience is a new series, designed to expand one’s Jewish knowledge beyond the basics in the areas of Jewish prayer, Jewish texts, and Jewish ethics. While it is designed as a follow-up to Introduction to the Jewish Experience, all interested students are welcome.

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Start 2013 off with some learning! Did you know that more Americans start a new class in January than any other month of the year? Including September. It is a time for fresh starts. I’m going to start listing the class options so you can find one near you. Check back to see what’s been added. Also, send me any classes you think should be on this list.

Foundations of Judaism – Holidays
Taught by Rabbi George Schlesinger
Tour the Jewish world through an investigation of the holiday cycle. Beginning with the fall High Holy Days, continuing through the 3 Pilgrimage Festivals (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot), looking at Chanukah, and concluding with the minor holidays of the Jewish Calendar, this course will investigate the what, how, and why of each holiday.

Dates: Sundays, January 6 – February 17
Time: 10 to 11am
Place: Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuella, Palo Alto
There is an $18 fee for non-members.
Please bring a check made out to Congregation Kol Emeth to the first class.
www.kolemeth.org

Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts
The land of Israel has been central to Jewish history, both ancient and modern. Even during the years of galut (exile) the Jewish heart was “in the east,” in the words of medieval poet Yehudah HaLevy. This class will examine the history ancient Israel, the beginnings of rabbinic Judaism, and the modern return to the land. With that history as a backdrop, we will learn about the great texts of Judaism: Tanach (Bible), Midrash, Talmud, the Prayer Book, and the Codes of Jewish Law.

Dates: Wednesdays, January 16 – March 6 (8 sessions)
Time: 7:30 to 9pm
Place: Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley
Cost: $95 public and $80 for Beth El members
Register here: http://bit.ly/Xchm8y

Exploring Jewish Beliefs & Practices: An Introduction to Judaism
Explore the basics of Jewish thought and practice. Engage in a mix of study, discussion and hands-on experiences. Topics include:
• Jewish beliefs & values
• Holidays & the Jewish calendar
• Prayer & liturgy
• Lifecycle events

Dates: Sundays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, March 3, 10, 17, 21
Time: 10am to noon
Place: Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Cost: The class is free but there is a materials fee of $5 and the text for the class, Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick, will be available for purchase at the first class for $15.
Taught by Rabbi Larry Raphael, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and Lisa Erdberg.
For information and registration contact Eric Drucker at 415-346-1720 x24 or email him at edrucker@sherithisrael.org

More Jewish Experience
Prayer: Erev Shabbat
There is an internal logic to the order in which Jews say the prayers in the service, but it is not always easy to see. Have you ever wished that you understood what we are doing in the service? This class will examine the Friday evening Erev Shabbat service as well as some of the key prayers. No Hebrew is required.
More Jewish Experience is a new series, designed to expand one’s Jewish knowledge beyond the basics in the areas of Jewish prayer, Jewish texts, and Jewish ethics. While it is designed as a follow-up to Introduction to the Jewish Experience, all interested students are welcome.

Dates: Thursdays, February 7 – February 28 (4 sessions)
Time: 7:30 to 9pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Cost: $50 public and $40 for members of Temple Sinai
Register here: http://bit.ly/UNLXsI

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