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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!

FALL 2015 SCHEDULE: 

Ancient Themes, Modern Images

Day: Thursdays, November 5 - December 10 (no class November 26)

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$60 General | $50 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica

This course explores Jewish artists from different historical periods and geographic locations. Students will examine how religious, cultural and social changes within the context of Jewish history have been expressed through visual representation. For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Beginning Modern Hebrew

Day: Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 (no class November 25)

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$175 General | $160 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica

This class is for students brand new to Hebrew and wanting to learn the alphabet and basic vocabulary. In this course we 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.

Required text: Hebrew From Scratch. Please purchase the book before the first session. For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Beginning Yiddish

Day: Mondays, October 12 - December 14 (no class November 16)

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$160 General | $150 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica and KlezCalifornia

Born in the eleventh century, Yiddish has been the living tongue of the Ashkenazi Jewish world ever since. For some, it is a language their parents or grandparents spoke when they didn't want the kinderlech to understand. For others it is simply a quaint language of the distant past. But Yiddish, one of the most idiomatic of languages, is very much alive today.

Join native speaker, Ken (Kalman) Blady, as he takes you on a linguistic journey to the Land of Yiddish. Here is a wonderful opportunity to learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. The instructor will include salient aspects of the history and evolution of Yiddish as grist for conversation. Students will also master 60 Yiddish shprekhverter (expressions) and vitzlekh (witticisms). For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Intermediate Modern Hebrew

Day: Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 (no class November 25)

Time: 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$175 General | $160 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica

This course is for students who have already learned the Hebrew alphabet and basic vocabulary. We 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. Required text: Hebrew From Scratch. Please purchase the book before the first session.

For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Intermediate Yiddish

Day: Wednesdays, October 14 - December 16 (no class November 25)

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$160 General | $150 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica and KlezCalifornia

This is a continuation class that started meeting in 2012 at the beginning level. New students are welcome — must have some background in Yiddish, including knowledge of the alef-beys, or done previous coursework in the Yiddish language. For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Race, Identity, and Being Jewish in America

Day: Thursdays, October 22 and October 29

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

FREE

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica and Be'chol Lashon

In a world connected through social media and technology, knowing how to encounter each other is an increasingly important skill. How can we be better prepared? How can we be "culturally competent?" Be'chol Lashon presents a multicultural view of the Jewish people and works towards unpacking the politics of race in America, providing the skills, tools, and expertise to navigate different cultural spaces in a Jewish context. We explore Jewish identity, highlighting inclusion, diversity and connection as hallmarks of Judaism.

Thursday, October 22 | Screening of the documentary Little White Lie
Thursday, October 29 | Discussion led by Be’chol Lashon on issues raised in the film

For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Reading Yiddish Texts

Day: Mondays, October 12 - December 14

Time: 7:15 - 9:15 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$175 General | $160 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica and KlezCalifornia

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. Given the relatively late prevalence of standardized spelling in Yiddish, some texts will be studied in their 19th and early 20th-century versions to provide practice and develop confidence in decoding non-standard orthography. For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.

 

Tribalism, Race, Nationalism, Religion - What are Jews?

Day: Wednesdays, October 14 - 28

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$50 General | $40 JCC East Bay Member

In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica

The question of what is a Jew/Judaism is one that comes up repeatedly. Occupying headlines and permeating modern political problems, it is important to clarify these terms and understand how they are used. In this three-part class led by Dr. Avram Davis, we will look at classical literature and modern blogosphere. We’ll consider the question ‘what is a tribe’ and examine words like ethnicity, race, and religion, as well as the notion of a nation state and ‘ethnic’ nation state. For more information, visit www.lehrhaus.org.