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Erich Gruen: Jews and Gentiles in Pagan Antiquity: A Love-Hate Relationship? (Virtual on Zoom)

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The complex relationships between Jews and their Gentile neighbors will focus on four areas: Session 1: Was Ancient Judaism a Nation, an Ethnicity, or a Religion? Session 2: Was There Antisemitism in Pagan Antiquity? Session 3: Displaced in the Diaspora?...

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Kiev: Jewish Metropolis (Virtual on Zoom)

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While we follow the Russian invasion of Ukraine with heartbreak and grave anxiety and hold ALL Ukrainians in our hearts and thoughts, we step back in history with Prof. Natan Meir, to the days when Kyiv - Kiev was a...

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Ken Blady: Yiddish from Scratch (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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Ken Blady: Yiddish 2 – Lernen Yiddish (Virtual on Zoom)

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In partnership with KlezCalifornia This is a course for those who are serious about lernen Yidish and have mastered some of the more elementary words and phrases. For those who want to converse with bube in zayde (grandma and grandpa)...

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Jody Hirsh: Bible, Midrash, Art: The Richness of Bible Narratives

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Jody Hirsh: Bible, Midrash, Art: The Richness of Bible Narratives (Virtual on Zoom) So many Bible stories have captured our imaginations and have fascinated humanity throughout all the generations: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Jacob's Ladder, Joseph in Egypt,...

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Ron Reissberg: People of the Book, but What Book? The Confrontation Between Torah and Talmud

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3 sessions Apparently uncomfortable with various portions of the Torah, the rabbis provide interpretations that tend to neutralize the troubling aspects of those texts.  In this class, we will engage in close readings of texts from the Torah and corresponding...

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Michael Krasny: Jewish American Fiction (Virtual on Zoom)

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We will explore, via lecture and discussion, stories written by major Jewish American authors of the post-World War II period.  What does their fiction reveal to us about major motifs of Jewish identity and Jewish values and why is their...

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Erich Gruen: Jews and Gentiles in Pagan Antiquity: A Love-Hate Relationship? (Virtual on Zoom)

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The complex relationships between Jews and their Gentile neighbors will focus on four areas: Session 1: Was Ancient Judaism a Nation, an Ethnicity, or a Religion? Session 2: Was There Antisemitism in Pagan Antiquity? Session 3: Displaced in the Diaspora?...

Free
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Yosef Rosen: The Tree of Life: Making Kabbalistic Diagrams (Virtual on Zoom)

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Learn about the aesthetic-theology of kabbalistic diagrams—full of trees, circles, spirals, lines, and letters—and use these as models to map your own relation to that which is essential but intangible (what might be called spirit, soul, or the divine). Our...

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Eleanor Shapiro: Jewish Music Matters

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Eleanor Shapiro: Jewish Music Matters Music offers a unique means of engaging emotion and spirituality, social solidarity, and cultural affirmation. It also demonstrates the mutual influences experienced by cultures living in proximity to one another over time. Spread throughout the world over two...

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