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Jewish Studies & Hebrew Classes

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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. This textbook is not included in the price of the class.

Year-long Course (22 sessions): Sundays, October 8 through May 6 (No class: 11/19, 11/26, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31, 1/14, 2/18, 4/1, 4/8)
9:00-10:00 a.m. in Room 206 of the CCJDS Building
Instructor: Ophira Druch
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members

Intermediate Hebrew
This course is designed for those who can sight-read Hebrew text with vowels, understand noun-adjective relationships, and are familiar with the present and past tense. After a thorough review of basic Siddur vocabulary, we will continue developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and will enrich our vocabulary.  We will translate passages from the siddur and the Torah as well as texts related to Jewish holidays.

Prerequisite: 1-2 years of Hebrew learning (if unsure whether this is the right course for you, please contact Rabbi Greninger at Temple Isaiah at
925-284-9191).
Required text: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way.  This textbook is not included in the price of the class.
Year-long Course (22 sessions): Sundays, Oct 8 through May 6 (No class: 11/19, 11/26, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31, 1/14, 2/18, 4/1, 4/8)
10:10-11:10 a.m. in Room 206 of the CCJDS Building
Instructor: Ophira Druch
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members

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 currently teaching b’nei mitzvah students at Temple Isaiah 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).

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.  Books for the course are TBD; please note that books are not included in the price for the course. 
10:10-11:10am, Room 207 of the CCJDS Building
Instructor: Rabbi Oren Postrel
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members
Year-long Course (22 sessions): Sundays, Oct 8 through May 20 (No class: 10/29, 11/19, 11/26, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31, 1/14, 2/18, 4/1, 4/8, 5/13)

Rabbi Oren Postrelwas ordained at HUC-JIR in 1993. In NYC for many years, he taught Introduction to Judaism at the URJ headquarters and co-founded an Italian Jewish learning institution called Centro Primo Levi. He’s worked in synagogues in Paris, Toronto, Napa and San Rafael at Rodef Sholom, where he joyfully served as sabbatical rabbi teaching adults and leading services.  In 2014 Rabbi Postrel completed his clinical chaplaincy training at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and at CPMC in San Francisco.  Rabbi Postrel is part of the rabbinic staff at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos.

Clergy Course with Rabbi Jay LeVine

Sundays at 11:15am in the CCJDS Makom
October 22, 29 and November 5
Practicing Power: How to Think Jewishly About Accomplishing Anything Together

Practicing Power: How to Think Jewishly About Accomplishing Anything Together
What comes to mind when you hear the word “power”? Is it good, bad, or ugly? Join Rabbi LeVine for a special three-part course examining the concept of power, what Judaism has to say about it, and how to practice power more effectively.

While attending all three sessions will allow you to make the most of the learning, please feel free to join for just one or two sessions as well.

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