Classes

We offer many classes at the JCC of the East Bay, on a variety of interesting topics including Yiddish texts, film discussions, current events, and literature. There's always plenty of opportunity to inquire, discuss, debate, and learn together. Come stop by and join the conversation.

 

The following classes are cosponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. To learn more or register, visit www.lehrhaus.org or call 510.845.6420, ext. 17. 

Beginning Modern Hebrew with Ilan Vitemberg

TUE, OCT 2–DEC 4, 6:45–7:45 PM
Cost: Sliding Scale, $250–$150
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

This class will focus on the four major second language acquisition skills— listening, speaking, reading, and writing— by immersing students in everything from classical and modern Hebrew texts to Israeli music and more. 

Continuing Modern Hebrew with Ilan Vitemberg

THU, OCT 4–DEC 13, 6:45–7:45 PM
Cost: Sliding Scale, $250–$150
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

A continuation of our beginning class, this course is for students who have already learned the Hebrew alphabet and basic vocabulary.


Advanced Modern Hebrew with Ilan Vitemberg

THU, OCT 4–DEC 13, 8–9 PM
Cost: Sliding Scale, $250–$150
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

This course is for students who have already mastered the intermediate course and/or have a solid Hebrew foundation.


Ilan Vitemberg holds a degree in theater arts focusing on the use of drama in informal education. He works with children, teens, and adults.

Required text: Hebrew from Scratch. We encourage students to purchase course materials from Afikomen Judaica, a community partner that plays a substantial role in contributing to the vibrant, diverse and engaged Bay Area
Jewish community.

Beginning Yiddish with Ken Blady

MON, OCT 1–DEC 17, 7–8:30 PM
Cost: Sliding Scale, $300–$180
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent, and heimisheh (homey) atmosphere. All you need is some zitz-fleish (butt + patience), an ardent desire to learn, an interest in Jewish culture, and an ability tzu veren tzeshussen fahr gelechter (to crack up).


Intermediate Yiddish with Ken Blady

WED, SEP 26–DEC 19, 7–8:30 PM
Cost: Sliding Scale, $300–$180
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

For this course, students must have some background in Yiddish, including knowledge of the alef beis, or have done previous coursework in the Yiddish language.

Ken Blady is a Jewish educator, author, and translator of seven works from Yiddish.


Reading Yiddish Texts with Yael Chaver

MON, OCT 1–DEC 17, 7:15–9:15 PM
Cost: Sliding Scale, $300–$180
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

In this course, we will read and discuss selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. The class will focus on comprehension, based not only on the lexicon and syntax of the Yiddish language, but also on the cultural contexts in which the texts are embedded.

Prerequisite: at least one year of college-level Yiddish language or the equivalent.

Yael Chaver earned her PhD in Yiddish at the University of California, Berkeley, where she currently teaches Yiddish language and literature.

Potential new students are welcome to sit in on the first session of any Yiddish class.

 


 

The following classes are co-sponsored by Berkeley Adult School. For more information or to register, visit bas.berkeley.net or call 510.644.6130.   

Media Classes with George Porter

Current Events

THU, 1–3 PM
Cost: $35 per course
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

A discussion group aimed at keeping participants on top of the current who, what, and why “hot-button” issues of the day.


Critical Viewing

MON, 1:15–3:15 PM
Cost: $35 per course
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Become a savvier and more engaged viewer of all media—from acclaimed documentaries and dramas to YouTube videos and TED Talks.


Contemporary Film

WED, 7 PM
Cost: $35 per course
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Watch (or rewatch) a classic, cinematically important or simply fabulous film every week with new friends and old on a large screen at the JCC. Stay afterward for a guided discussion focused on both content and craft.


Short Stories & Essays

THU, 11 AM–12 PM
Cost: $35 per cours
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Develop your critical reading skills. Examine relevant ideas and related personal experiences while reading and discussing contemporary short works. Copies of texts provided to students.