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Steve Chester: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? (Virtual on Zoom)

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The course will address the eternal question, "Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?" If God is a compassionate and loving God, why do people suffer? In an attempt to answer these questions, we will look at the Biblical...

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Ken Blady: Yiddish from Scratch (Virtual on Zoom)

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In partnership with KlezCalifornia 10 sessions. Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimishe atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on interactive conversation among students (almost) entirely in Yiddish in order to develop the ability to form...

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Ken Blady: Yiddish II – Lernen Yiddish (Virtual on Zoom)

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In partnership with KlezCalifornia Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimishe atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on interactive conversation among students (almost) entirely in Yiddish in order to develop the ability to form sentences for...

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Uri Schreter: Mickey Katz, Yinglish Comedy, and the Continuity of Klezmer (Virtual on Zoom)

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In partnership with KlezCalifornia During the 1950s, as Yiddish culture was fading from public view, Mickey Katz (1909-1985) gave it a second wind. A clarinetist, bandleader, and comedian, he performed his “Yinglish” musical parodies to sold-out crowds across North America...

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Jehon Grist: Beginning Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew A (Virtual on Zoom)

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This class introduces students to all the basic elements of Prayerbook Hebrew: the alphabet, vowels, vocabulary, sight-reading skills, and basic grammar. You'll learn some of the key prayerbook melodies and discuss the meaning of the prayers. It provides a strong...

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Jehon Grist: Intermediate Biblical/Prayerbook Hebrew D (Virtual on Zoom)

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This course will complete our study of basic prayerbook Hebrew using the text Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way, then begin to introduce the more complex verb patterns of classical Biblical Hebrew and the irregular verb system, while building Hebrew vocabulary....

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Jehon Grist: Reading Biblical Hebrew: A Betrothal Story—Isaac and Rebekah (Virtual on Zoom)

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Genesis 24 is a classic tale about finding a wife and also a revealing presentation of the protocols and practices that lead to marriage in the ancient Near East. Isaac has just lost his mother Sarah and his father, Abraham,...

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Ilan Vitemberg: Between Shtisel and Fauda: Images of Israeli Men in Israeli TV Series (Virtual on Zoom)

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We will examine how Israeli men are portrayed in such popular Israeli TV series as Fauda, Shtisel, and When Heroes Fly, and explore how these portrayals could serve as a lens through which we explore Israeli society and the Zionist...

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Jehon Grist: The Middle East Crisis… 1180 BCE (Virtual on Zoom)

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Drought, famine, established powers on the edge of collapse, mass migrations from failed states to other countries: you may be thinking of the Middle East in 2022. Try 1180 BCE!  In this richly illustrated course, you’ll travel back to discover...

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David Waksberg: Drop-In Book Club: Dara Horn’s “People Love Dead Jews” (Virtual on Zoom)

Drop-In Book Club: People Love Dead Jews by Dara Horn (VIRTUAL) In partnership with the Jewish Community Library Dara ​Horn’s ​award-winning recent ​collection of essays ​unflinchingly portrays and ​challenges the ways in which ​Jews and Jewish history are understood. David...

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Lavey Derby: Not Your Grandparents’ Judaism: Exploring Personal Jewish Spiritual Growth in Today’s World (Virtual on Zoom)

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From its very beginning, Judaism has been an evolving spiritual tradition shaped, in part, by contact with other cultures and belief systems, and designed to meet the spiritual needs of the Jewish communities of the time. While some Jews find...

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Ron Reissberg: Care to Make It Interesting? Seinfeld, Jewish Culture, and the Talmud (Virtual on Zoom)

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In partnership wit Cong. Chevra Thilim, San Francisco Many episodes of Seinfeld touch upon Jewish subjects, for example, "The Bris" and “Jewish Dating Night.”  This course will attempt to uncover a more general characteristic of Seinfeld's humor, namely the tendency...

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