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Race, Identity, and Being Jewish in America

Day: Thursdays, October 22 and October 29

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch


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

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Short Stories and Essays

Day: Thursdays

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

$35 per semester

In partnership with Berkeley Adult School

This class will focus on the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading contemporary short stories and essays. Participants will read stories and analyze them with a focus on narrative technique to understand ways in which different writers have addressed issues of plot, character, place and theme. Instructor George Porter is a credentialed teacher who has taught numerous classes at the JCC. For more information, visit or call 510-644-6130.



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