Jewish Holiday Calendar

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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