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Intro to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism

Wed, March 27 – May 29 | Congregation Beth El, Berkeley | Register here
Sun, March 31 – May 26 | Online Only | Register here

Since the very beginning, the People of Israel have had multiple understandings and expressions of a living Torah. Join Rabbi Ruth Adar to study the varieties of Judaism in the 21st century.


The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It

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Join Rabbi Jeremy Morrison for his series that explores how to make the Bible more relevant to modern day Jews. The parts may be taken in any order.

Leviticus and Deuteronomy | Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco | starts Tue, April 9.

Genesis and Exodus | Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Franciscostarts Thu, April 11

Prophecy and Wisdom Literature | Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael | starts Wed, May 1


Passover and Personal Transformation

Insights From Kabbalah and Mussar to Enliven Your Passover Seder
Tuesdays, April 9 & 16 | Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley | Register here

Join Estelle Frankel for two nights to prepare for Passover with insights from Kabbalah and Mussar. As we relive the ancient ancestral journey from slavery to freedom on Passover night, we express gratitude for our own freedom and commit ourselves to the liberation of others. We also seek inner freedom–the ability to live in the present moment, free of the baggage of the past. (more…)

What Did American Faith Communities Stand For?

Thursdays, March 21 | 7:00 – 9:30 pm | Contemporary Jewish Museum | Register here

The rise of National Socialism in Germany and the ensuing terror raised profound theological and ethical questions for people of all faiths. Join the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lehrhaus, and the Graduate Theological Union for a program that will examine the various responses of American faith communities and how their leaders’ actions inspired others and whose legacies still live on today. (more…)

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…)

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.