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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It

Berkeley Starts March 7 |Register here for all sessions

Join Rabbi Jeremy Morrison for a continuation of his series that explores how to make the Bible more relevant to modern day Jews. Prophecy and Wisdom Literature is being offered starting Thu., March 7 at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley and starting Wed., May 1 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. Leviticus and Deuteronomy takes place at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco starting Tuesday, April 9. Newcomers are welcome.

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Talmud Circle Feels Like Family

Ethan Kuniyoshi, a Palo Alto resident, has been immersed in Talmud study for eight years as an original member of the Lehrhaus Talmud Circles.

Ethan was introduced to Talmud study when he spent a summer in Jerusalem at the Conservative Yeshiva. Talmud Circles, which has eight groups throughout the Bay Area, enriches Ethan’s life and helps him set a good example for his children to always make time for learning. (more…)

Zohar Off the Page – A Visual and Hands-on Exploration of Kabbalistic Diagrams

Mondays, March 4 – April 8 | Lehrhaus Judaica, Berkeley | Register here

Join Yosef Rosen, Ph.D., to explore how the Zohar asks its readers to continuously diagram the 10 Divine energies (“The Sefirot”) that constitute the cosmos. While the Tree of Life is the most famous of these diagrams, Kabbalah is full of other models of sacred geometry—full of circles, spirals, lines, and letters. (more…)

The History of Anti-Semitism: The Longest Hatred

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 2 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | JCCSF, San Francisco | Register here

This five-week course, taught by Bruce Bramlett, will present an overview of the long history of antisemitism from its earliest roots in the Greco-Roman world to its present resurgence in Europe and the United States on the left and right of the political spectrum. (more…)

Understanding Muslim Neighbors

Sundays, March 17 & April 14 | Congregation Beth El, Berkeley | Register here

UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM NEIGHBORS is an intensive, in-depth seminar for Jews who want to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims. Over two full days of lectures from a world-class rabbinic expert on Islam, this seminar navigates through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes to equip Jews with the knowledge and tools to better understand and collaborate with Muslims in tikkun olam. (more…)

The Books | Five Class Series at Oshman Family JCC Starts March 6

Class 5: Deuteronomy | Wed, April 3 | Rabbi Jeremy Morrison | Register here

“Judaism: The New Basics” will provide a textual exploration of some of the basic concepts that form the Jewish worldview. This course serves as an introduction to Jewish ideas for those who are new to Jewish learning. For those of you already experienced with Jewish learning, the course’s focus on text should provide a deeper investigation into some of these familiar ideas. No background necessary; curiosity required. (more…)

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Understanding and Managing BRCA-Related Cancer Risk

Thu, March 28 | 7:30 – 9:30 pm | Congregation Beth El, Berkeley

Join the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania and Congregation Beth El of Berkeley for an important discussion about the experience of living with BRCA mutations and hereditary cancers.  These mutations affect all populations but are found 10 times more frequently (1 in 40 people) among Ashkenazi Jewish men and women.  (more…)

YourHaus: Fall 2018 Newsletter

Check out Lehrhaus’ latest newsletter — YourHaus (PDF) — to get an insiders look at your home for Jewish learning.

Lehrhaus Partners for Day of Learning March 17

Lehrhaus is excited to partner with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Holocaust Center on the Day of Learning, an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and the patterns of genocide, and hear testimony from local survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocide. (more…)