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A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

Sunday, November 5, 201 | 1-5 p7m | Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael

This free symposium will explore Muslim-Jewish relations in the U.S. and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from the Golden Age of Spain? More details and registration here.

Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life

Thu, Oct 19 – Nov 9 | JCC East Bay, Berkeley

In this four-session course, we will explore different facets of Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life. We’ll cover a basic introduction of Yiddish language and history, look at family, food, holiday practices, klezmer music, painting, photography, and more. Register here.

Great Jewish Trials (Online Option)

Wed, Oct 18 – Nov 8 | Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek

We will examine the “blood libel” allegation that became widespread in 13th century England; the prejudiced murder conviction of Atlanta resident Leo Frank at the turn of the 20th century, and the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann conducted by Israel. Finally, we will look at how anti-Semitic tropes are used today to undermine support for Israel. Register here.

Circle Program Expands: Heschel, Zohar, and Talmud

Circles Flyer

Lehrhaus introduces Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice this fall around the Bay. The Zohar program continues for a third year, and Talmud Circle is back for a 7th year. Register for Heschel or Zohar here, and Talmud here.

Jewish Democratic State – Arab Jewish Cultural Center Presentations

Leadership from Beit HaGefen — a Haifa-based Arab Jewish Cultural Center — will be speaking in the Bay Area Nov. 14-20 on “A Jewish Democratic State: Creating Shared Space for All People in Israel.” Register for the free events at Congregation Beth El, Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Beth Am, and the Jewish Community Federation. (more…)

Israel at 70 Celebration: Achievements, Challenges, and Ancient Treasures

April 9-20, 2018; Petra, Eilat Extension, April 20-25

Whether your first visit or 10th, this adventure offers you exciting new locations, fresh insights and over 3000 years of discovery, past and present. And you’ll be there to commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s 70th birthday). (more…)