Jewish Learning

The JCC East Bay is home to many Bay Area residents who desire a place to learn and discuss topics with Jewish themes.  We are striving to build a trans-denominational Jewish community that reflects the complexity of Jewish identity and the diversity of Jewish expression.  We hope you will join us for these exciting learning opportunities at our center at both Berkeley and Oakland branches of the JCC East Bay.  Past events include Holidays for Adults, Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, Global Day of Jewish Learning, Limmud, and much more!

For more information contact Erika Staiti at 510.845.6420, ext. 17 or erika@lehrhaus.org or http://catalog.lehrhaus.org/by_location/jcceb.



FALL 2016 SCHEDULE:

 

Philosophy Circle: Buber

Date: 9 Sessions: Thursdays (every 2 weeks), October 27 – March 9  (no class on 11/24 and 12/29)

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Berkeley Branch

Instructor: Yosef Rosen


We celebrate the life of the renowned Jewish philosopher and educator after his 50th yahrzeit with readings and discussions from Hasidism and Modern Man. First published in 1958, this collection of essays examines the life and religious experiences of Hasidic Jews, as well as Buber’s personal response to them.  From the autobiographical “My Way to Hasidism,” to “Hasidism and Modern Man,” and “Love of God and Love of Neighbor,” the essays span nearly half a century and reflect the evolution of Buber’s religious philosophy in relation to the Hasidic movement.Hasidism and Modern Man remains prescient in its portrayal of a spiritual movement that brings God down to earth and makes possible a modern philosophy in which the human being becomes sacred.  This edition has a new introduction by David Biale, a founding Lehrhaus teacher.

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

 

 

 

WINTER/SPRING 2016 SCHEDULE: 

 

Beginning Yiddish 1B, A Lek (lick) and a Shmek (taste) of Yiddish

Dates:
Spring - 7 Sessions: Mondays, May 2 - June 27 (no class 4/25, 5/30, 6/13)

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fees: $160 JCC Member / $175 Non-Member

Register Here - Winter 

Register Here - Spring

Instructor: Ken Blady


This class is a continuation from the fall semester, Beginning Yiddish 1A. Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent, and heimish atmosphere. All you need is 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).

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

 

Intermediate Yiddish

Dates:
Spring - 10 Sessions: Wednesdays, May 4 - July 6

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fees: $160 JCC Member / $175 Non-Member

Register Here - Winter 

Register Here - Spring

Instructor: Ken Blady


This is a continuation class that started meeting in 2012 at the beginning level. New students are welcome but you must already have some background in Yiddish, including knowledge of the alef-beys, or previous coursework in the Yiddish language.

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

  

The Kings and Queens of Israel: Studies in Triumph and Tragedy*

Date: 3 Sessions, Wednesdays, June 29 - July 13

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fees: $40 Member/ $50 Non-Member / $35 Seniors and Students 

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Instructor: Jehon Grist 

Thanks to recent discoveries in archaeology and ancient text research, we know far more about Israel's monarchs than we did just ten years ago. Our course will integrate Biblical scripture, excavation finds, and Near Eastern texts to let students time travel to the world of David and Solomon (and their queens), the not-so-infamous Ahab (and Jezebel), and the foolhardy but courageous Hezekiah.

*Note: This class is one of a two-part series, Ancient Leaders: Men and Women Who Made A Difference. This summer, explore the kings and queens of the ancient world. Register for both courses at a reduced rate ($60 Member/ $80 Non-Member / $55 Seniors and Students). The other class, Women and Power in Josephus: The Hasmonean Queen Shelamzion, is being held at Lerhaus Judaica in Berkeley. Details below. 

Women and Power in Josephus: The Hasmonean Queen Shelamzion

Date: 3 Sessions, Wednesdays, June 1 - June 15

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Location: Lerhaus Judaica 

Fees: $40 Member/ $50 Non-Member / $35 Seniors and Students 

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Instructor: Ashley Bacchi, Ph.D.

This course centers on the Hasmonean Queen Shelamzion and explores the different ways she is represented in Josephus and how that shapes our perception of her as a leader. Josephus' portrayal of Queen Shelamzion Alexandra who reigned from 75-67 BCE shifts in his Jewish Antiquities, which will be discussed in light of Roman trends in depicting women and power. This course will introduce feminist theory as a framework to help guide us through the world behind the text. Placing Queen Shelamzion's reign within the context of other Hellenistic queens helps contextualize these depictions and problematize modern conceptions of women and power in the ancient world.

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

 

The following classes are co-sponsored by Berkeley Adult School. Please register at bas.berkeley.net or call 510.644.6130.
 

Critical Viewing

Day: Mondays

Time: 1:15-3:15 pm

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fee: $35 Per semester

Instructor: George Porter


Become a more savvy and engaged viewer of all media.

 

Contemporary Film (Previously New to DVD)

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 7:00 pm

Fee: $35 Per semester

Instructor: George Porter


Watch a weekly film with friends on a large screen. Stay afterward for lively discussion led by media expert George Porter.

 

Short Stories & Essays

Day: Thursdays 

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fee: $35 Per semester

Instructor: George Porter


Develop your critical reading skills. Examine relevant ideas and related personal experiences while reading and discussing contemporary short works.

 

Current Events

Date: Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fee: $35/semester, drop-in visitors are welcome.

Instructor: George Porter


This lively discussion group will keep you on top of current hot button issues. Diverse points of view are encouraged and respected. Explore social, political, and economic issues in the news around the world.

 

About the Instructors

Mira Peretz
Mira Peretz began teaching Modern Hebrew and Jewish Studies in1999 at Tehiyah Day School. Mira’s mission is to instill a strong connection to the rich culture and heritage of Israel through Modern Hebrew. She uses fun activities like drama, songs and games to teach her students.

Ken Blady
Ken Blady is a Jewish educator, author and translator. Born in Paris, France, he grew up in Chassidic Brooklyn, where he attended yeshiva and rabbinical seminary. He is the author of “Jewish Communities in Exotic Places,” among other works and has been featured on a number of radio and television talk shows.

Yael Chaver
Yael has been an educator and writer in both Israel and Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in Yiddish at UC Berkeley, where she currently teaches Yiddish language and literature, and is the author of What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine.

Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
Jehon is the Exeutive Director of Lehrhaus Judaica. He earned his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' Fellow. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Valley of the Queens in southern Egypt.

Rivka Amado
Born in Holon, Israel, Rivka grew up in a Ladino speaking home, where she learned traditional melodies from her grandmother. She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1990, held post-doctoral fellowships in medical ethics at the Hastings Center and Hebrew University, and has published widely in medical ethics and related fields. She received awards for her scholarship and teaching and has taught at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv Medical School, Stanford, Berkeley, and Princeton. She moved to the Bay Area in 2004. 

Mark Levy
Mark has performed and taught at Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen’s Circle, and other Bay Area Jewish organizations for 25 years. He is a singer and lecturer. He specializes in Jewish music history with particular expertise in older Judaic folk music (in Yiddish and Ladino) and Klezmer history and theory

Jake Marmer
A poet, performer, and educator, Jake’s first record, “Hermeneutic Stomp” in 2013, was hailed as a “thought-provoking debut” in All About Jazz. His poetry collection, Jazz Talmud, was published in 2012. For more information, see jakemarmer.wordpress.com

Shaina Hammerman 
Hammerman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History and Culture from the Graduate Theological Union. She has taught courses on Jewish film, literature, religion, and cultural history at UC Davis, Mills College, and the GTU. Learn more about Dr. Shaina Hammerman at shainahammerman.com