A bird’s eye view of fall offerings. Click the course title to read the full description and to register. (All programs are virtual on Zoom unless otherwise noted. In-person programs require proof of Covid vaccination and facemasks.)

One-Session Programs

Prof. Steve Whitfield: Jewish Attorneys Against Jim Crow In Partnership with Brandeis University Alumni Network
Sunday, January 22 @ 3:00 pm; $12

Prof. Sarah Abrevaya Stein: Birds of a Feather: Sephardic Jews and the Exotic Birds’ Feathers Craze in Pre-WWI Europe In partnership with Jimena.
Wednesday, January 25 @ 7-8:30pm; $12

David Strathairn in “Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski”
In person only at Berkeley Rep / In partnership with Berkeley Repertory and the Taube Foundation
Sunday, 12/4 @ 2-4:30pm, FREE (although you must purchase a theater ticket)

David Biale—What Really Happened on Hanukkah?  In partnership with Osher Marin JCC (Hybrid at OMJCC and on Zoom) and Temple Sinai
Thursday, 12/15 @ 7-8:30pm; FREE

Fiddler on the Roof Singalong with Chinese Dinner Buffet In person only at Berkeley Hillel. In partnership with KlezCalifornia.
Sunday, December 25 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way; $18

Multi-session Programs

Howard Simon: Violence and Non-Violence in Jewish Tradition: Between Buber and Gandhi
4 sessions: Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26, February 2 @ 7-8:30pm

The Jews of Morocco

  • Rabbi Yoel Kahn—Overview
    Tuesday, January 17 @ 7-8:30pm  In person at Beth El or on Zoom
  • Dr. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz—Moroccan Jewish Music: Inner Power & Outer Politics
    Sunday, February 5 @ 1-2:30pm
  • Prof. Alma Heckman—Jews & Politics in Morocco 20th Century
    Tuesday, February 7 @ 7-8:30pm
  • Dr. Sarah Levin: The Jews of the Atlas Mountains (Photographs of Elias Harus) and Women’s Lives
    Tuesday, February 14 @ 7-8:30pm In person at Beth El or on Zoom

Stewart Florsheim—Poems on Paintings: A Workshop Using One Art to Explore Another In partnership with Temple Sinai, in person or on Zoom
4 sessions, Tuesdays, 2/28, 3/14, 3/21 & 3/28 @ 6:30-8pm; $12/session

Honey Meir-Levi—Aging with Intention In partnership with Kol Emeth and Sha’ar Zahav
4 sessions: Tuesdays, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 & 12/13 @ 7-8:30pm; $12/session

Jehon Grist—Pharaoh of the Exodus? Ramses II and His Times: Celebrating the de Young Museum Exhibit In partnership with Sha’ar Zahav and the Peninsula JCC
3 sessions, Wednesdays, 11/2, 11/9 & 11/16 @ 4-5:15pm; $12/session

Robert Alter & Ron Hendel—The Bible Now: Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) In partnership with Temple Isaiah, Temple Sinai and Congregation Beth El
4 sessions, Mondays, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 & 11/28 @ 7-8:30pm; $12/session

Time to Cancel “Cancel Culture”?
3 sessions, Wednesdays, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 @ 7-8:30pm; $12/session

Honey Meir-Levi—Aging with Intention In person only at Congregation Kol Emeth
4 sessions: Wednesdays, 12/7, 12/14, 1/18, and 1/25 @ 1-3pm; $12/session

Partnership Programs

PASSED—The Inaugural Eva and Martin Libitzky Memorial Lecture
Fred Rosenbaum—Liberated, Not Yet Free: Jewish Survivors in the Crucible of Post-War Europe
In person only at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Tuesday, 10/11 @ 5:30-8pm; FREE

PASSED—The Taubman Lectures
Prof. Paula Fredriksen—Just Like Everybody Else, Only More So: Jewish Romans and the Rise of Christianity
In person only
at the Bancroft Hotel and Alumni House. Presented by The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, in partnership with the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and the Jewish Studies Program at UC Berkeley
Tuesday, 10/25 and Thursday, 10/27 @ 7-9pm; Sunday, 10/30 @ 5:30-8pm (Lecture followed by Reception); FREE

Talmud Circles

PASSED—Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan—Introduction to Bay Area Talmud Circles
Sunday, 10/2; FREE

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan—Lunchtime Talmud Circle
17 one-hour sessions on Wednesdays: 9/14, 9/28, 10/13, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 12/21, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, & 6/7; $216

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan—Palo Alto Community Talmud Circle (In person or Zoom)
9 two-hour sessions on Sundays: 10/9, 11/13, 12/4, 1/22, 2/12, 3/12, 4/16, 5/21 & 6/4; $216

Prof. Deena Aranoff—Marin Community Talmud Circle (In person or Zoom)
9 two-hour sessions on Sundays: 10/30, 11/13, 12/11, 1/22, 2/12, 3/12, 4/16, 5/21, 6/4; $216

Rabbi Dorothy Richman—Berkeley Community Talmud Circle (In person or Zoom)
9 two-hour sessions on Sundays: 10/23, 11/6, 12/4, 1/29, 2/12, 3/19, 4/23, 5/7 and 6/4; $216

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan—San Francisco Community Talmud Circle (In person or Zoom)
9 two-hour sessions on Sundays: 11/6, 11/20, 12/11, 1/29, 2/26, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7 & 6/4; $216

Languages

Jehon Grist—Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 1
8 sessions, Sundays, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 and 3/19 @ 2-3:50pm; $12/session

Jehon Grist—Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 1b (2nd half of Hebrew 1)
4 sessions, Sundays, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 and 3/19 @ 2-3:50pm

Jehon Grist—Intermediate Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 4
8 sessions, Sundays, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 and 3/19 @4-5:20pm; $12/session

Jehon Grist—Reading the Bible: The Four-Horned Altar—Searching for Its Meaning and Origin
8 sessions, Sundays, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 and 3/19 @5:30-6:50pm; $12/session

Ken Blady—Yiddish from Scratch
8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9/13, 9/20, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 12/6 @ 4-5:30pm; $12/session

Ken Blady—Yiddish 2—Lernen Yiddish
8 sessions, Mondays, 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 @ 4-5:30pm; $12/session