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Talmud, Zohar and Philosophy Circles

Around the Bay Area | Starts in October
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Talmud Circles | Zohar Circles | Philosophy Circles

Why do we study texts? Not for information or knowledge, but for an ongoing dialogue with sacred texts, and in the process, create community. Newcomers and continuing students are welcome in all community learning circles, which are taught by leading scholars from the Bay Area. Philosophy Circles will focus on the origins of modern thought this year. Check out the Philosophy Circles preview video!


MAKE Hanukkah: A Pre-Hanukkah Maker Summit

Sun, Nov 18 | 1:00-4:30 pm | The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco | Register here

Experience the thrill of unexpected discoveries, the focused energy from working with a chevrutah (study/creation partner), and the joy of learning while preparing for Hanukkah in personal, tangible ways. (more…)

Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Genesis and Exodus

Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco | Tue, Oct 16 – Nov 6
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael | Thu, Oct 25 – Nov 15

Join Rabbi Jeremy Morrison to help make the Bible feel more accessible and relevant to you. To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. Check out Rabbi Morrison’s ELI Talk video: Sophisticated Literacy: Growing Readers of a Sacred Torah.  (more…)

Fred Rosenbaum Bay Area Talks

Historian Fred Rosenbaum, Lehrhaus’ Founding Director, is giving three free talks in three different locations in November.

The Fabulous Fillmore and San Francisco’s East European Jews November 9 in San Francisco
Floodtide: Europe and Its Jews Amidst the Refugee Crisis November 10 in Walnut Creek
The Day the Holocaust Began November 11 in Pleasanton. (more…)

China: A Jewish Journey to an Ancient Civilization and Contemporary Powerhouse

June 4-17, 2019 | Beijing—Tianjin—Harbin—Xian—Nanjing—Shanghai

Great Wall

Encounter some of the most breathtaking attractions on earth: the Great Wall, the imperial palaces in the Forbidden City, the shrines in the Temple of Heaven, and the ancient 8,000 Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Contemporary China is no less astounding: the world’s fastest high-speed train, busiest ports, longest bridges, and highest dams. (more…)

Understanding Muslim Neighbors

Sunday, October 28 | 1:30-4:00 pm | JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus

UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM NEIGHBORS is a seminar for Jews who want to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims. It navigates through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes, then equips Jews with tools to work with Muslims in tikkun olam. (more…)

Fall 2018 Catalog is Online

Check out the fall catalog and discover the right learning community for you! The offerings include Talmud Circles, Zohar Circles, Philosophy Circles: Modern Jewish Thought, Kevah Groups, and MAKE Hanukkah at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.