Jewish Culture

Basic Judaism classes – Fall 2014

Introduction to Judaism classes around the Bay! Starting September through November NEW! ** Don’t worry about missing the first class. I’m sure they will gladly bring you up to speed. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to sit down and get to know Rabbi Leider – one on one. Judaism 101 with Rabbi Susan Leider…

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We’re going to the Theater!

This fall, the Berkeley Rep presents An Audience with Meow Meow, about an international singing sensation and ├╝ber-award-winning comedienne. In connection to the play, I’ll be offering a class exploring the music as a “degenerate” art form. Degenerate, Forbidden, Suppressed. Music and Otherness in Fascist Europe The attitudes displayed by European fascist regimes (especially Italy,…

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After the Play: Tribes

Building Jewish Bridges is again using local theater arts to explore elements of Jewish thinking and identity. This spring we are working with Berkeley Repertory Theater using two of their productions as springboards to a discussion. This spring playwright Nina Raine’s play, Tribes, will be produced at Berkeley Rep from April 11 to May 11….

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East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

This year, 2014, will be the 19th year of the Festival and it runs March 7 through 29. It takes place in Contra Costa County. The line up looks exciting. Some of the films are: Hunting Elephants (Israel, 2013, 107 minutes) with Patrick Stewart and Yael Abecassis. The Real Inglorious Bastards (Canada, 1012, 57 minutes)…

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