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Jewish Studies & Hebrew Classes

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Hebrew Courses
Judaic Studies Courses
Exploring Judaism
Community Talmud Circle
Peoplehood and its Role & Significance in Jewish Life
Clergy Courses

Hebrew Courses

Beginning Hebrew
Designed for those with little or no previous exposure to Hebrew, this introductory course will focus on developing the foundation for reading comprehension and a basic Hebrew vocabulary. We will learn the basics of prayer-book Hebrew, beginning with the alphabet and moving through the basic grammar and vocabulary of the siddur (prayerbook), including the key texts and melodies of some prayers and blessings found in the siddur. Required text: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way (available for purchase the first session). This textbook is not included in the price of the class.

Year-long Course (24 sessions): Sundays, Sept 14 through May 3 (No class: 10/5, 11/30, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/18, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5)
9:00-10:00 a.m. at CCJDS (room to be announced).
Instructor: Ophira Druch
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members

Intermediate Prayer-book Hebrew
A continuation of our introductory Hebrew course, designed for those who can sight-read Hebrew texts with vowels and understand noun-adjective relationships.  This course will continue developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary of the Siddur (prayerbook).  We will continue translating passages from the Siddur. Prerequisite: Temple Isaiah’s Beginning Hebrew or the equivalent. Required text: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way (available for purchase the first session).  This textbook is not included in the price of the class.

Year-long Course (24 sessions): Sundays, Sept 14, 2014 through May 3, 2015 (No class: 10/5, 11/30, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/18, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5)
10:10-11:10 a.m. in Room 102 of the CCJDS Building
Instructor: Ophira Druch
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members

Conversational Hebrew for Travelers
Interested in enriching your upcoming Israel travel experience?  Please come join this 6-week conversational Hebrew class and learn useful vocabulary and dialogues!  Our instructor, Ophira Druch, will create class lessons using the itinerary of your trip. We will begin with an introduction to the Hebrew letters (reading Hebrew is not required) and progress to useful vocabulary, phrases, and dialogues.  Adults and children are both welcome!

11:15am – 12:15pm in the CCJDS Building (room to be announced)
Instructor: Ophira Druch
Tuition: $50/members; $100/non-members

Fall class: Sundays Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Dec 7, Dec 14
(leading up to Winter Break, and Temple Isaiah’s Family Trip to Israel)

Spring class: Sundays Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22
(leading up to Spring Break, Pesach, and the East Bay Federation Trip to Israel)

Hebrew in a Day: Refresher Course for the High Holy Days

Refresh your Hebrew and get ready for the High Holy Days with “Hebrew in a Day”!  This is a 2-hour Hebrew workshop for students who are able to decode Hebrew (i.e. sound out words using Hebrew letters / vowels), but want a reading refresher before the High Holy Days. We will do a review of letters/vowels, practice decoding to become more fluent, and read/become familiar with some of the texts from the Machzor.

2:00-4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2014 in the Beit Knesset
$18 for members / $30 for non-members
Instructor: Ophira Druch

Hebrew in a Day: Refresher Course for Passover

Refresh your Hebrew and get ready for Passover with “Hebrew in a Day”!  This is a 2-hour Hebrew workshop for students who are able to decode Hebrew (i.e. sound out words using Hebrew letters / vowels), but want a reading refresher before Passover. We will do a review of letters/vowels, practice decoding to become more fluent, and read/become familiar with some of the texts from the Haggadah.

2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday March 22, 2015 in the Beit Knesset
$18 for members / $30 for non-members
Instructor: Ophira Druch

Ophira Druch is the former associate director of education at Temple Sinai and has taught Biblical and Modern Hebrew in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. She’s now teaching the b’nei mitzvah students at Temple Sinai and teaches Hebrew at the Contra Costa Jewish Day School. Ophira is the winner of the 2003 Helen and Sanford Diller Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, and is a graduate of the Mandel Teacher Educators Institute (MTEI).


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Judaic Studies Courses

Exploring Judaism
This course is a year-long exploration of the history, beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Jewish people. “Exploring Judaism” will be interesting and meaningful whether you are becoming an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you are just beginning to explore Jewish studies, you are considering choosing Judaism, you are in an interfaith relationship, or you are simply looking for a deeper and more mature understanding of Jewish history and tradition. Students are encouraged to expand their Jewish literacy by taking this course in conjunction with Beginning Hebrew.

Year-long Course (24 sessions): Sundays, Sept 14, 2014 through May 3, 2015 (No class: 10/5, 11/30, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/18, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5)
10:10-11:10 a.m. at CCJDS (room to be announced)
Instructor: Rabbi Ruth Adar
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members for the year

If you would like to sign up for 1 or more blocks of Exploring Judaism (instead of registering for the whole year), we welcome you to do so. Tuition is $30 per block for members; $70 per block for non-members.

  • Jewish Calendar / Holidays (i.e. Jewish “public time”): 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
  • Jewish Lifecycle & Home (i.e. Jewish “private time”): 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14
  • Jewish Text & History: 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8
  • Jewish Thought, Prayer, and Music: 3/15, 3/22, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3

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Community Talmud Circle
This nine-session course is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica, The Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and Kevah.  In order to create a community of adults empowered to encounter the Talmud with confidence, students will spend the first 30-45 minutes with hevruta partners, followed by additional discussion with the faculty. Our teacher is Rabbi David Kasher, who is Kevah’s Director of Education.  $195 / $175 if registered by Sept. 22.  For more info and to register, visit http://catalog.lehrhaus.org/course/2014/fall/TC850-TI/

Dates: Oct 19, Nov 23, Dec 7, Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26, May 17, June 7
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m. at CCJDS (room to be announced)


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Peoplehood and its Role & Significance in Jewish Life
Led by Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz
9:00-11:00 a.m. on Oct 19, Nov 16, Jan 11, Feb 22, Mar 22, and Apr 12
CCJDS room to be announced

In this series, senior faculty from the Shalom Hartman Institute delve into the idea of Jewish Peoplehood - its complex origins, its implications and how it might be sustained. An issue of wide concern in the Jewish community today, the concept of a “Jewish collective” appears at odds with a contemporary ethos of intense individualism.  This video lecture series presents a broad and deep analysis of some of the tensions that Peoplehood raises in classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life.  Rabbi Graetz will lead this six-session course, which will include lively discussion along with videos and texts from the Hartman Institute.

This series is free of charge, other than the purchase of a $20 source book.  You are welcome to attend as many of the six sessions as you can - whether one or all six!  Please be sure to register, even if you only plan to attend one or two of the sessions, as registering will be the best way to receive course updates, texts, etc.  Questions about the course?  Email Rabbi Nicki Greninger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Clergy Courses (locations to be announced)

“Shir Joy: Singing your Jewish favorites with Cantor Korn”
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sundays, October 12, 19, 26 (2014)
Free of charge

Clergy Course with Rabbi Judy Shanks
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sundays, February 1, 8, 22 (2015)
Free of charge

Clergy Course with Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sundays, March 8, 15, 22 (2015)
Free of charge

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