"Judaism: The New Basics" is a three-part course that provides 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.
Part Three will focus on Jewish practice, holidays and rituals. We will look at these events as a way of understanding various parts of a Jewish identity. As such, some of the concepts covered in this course will include: the Jewish calendar, the seasonal cycles, life cycles and historical narratives in present time. Each of the ways we recognize these elements of Jewish life will show us the various identities that people emphasize in their Jewish identities.
Participants are welcome to attend any individual class or to enroll in the entire course. To register for the course (four classes) click here; click below to register for individual classes.
May 8: People of the Land: Nature, Seasons and the Calendar
May 15: People of the Book: Shavuot as a Case Study
May 22: People of God: Spirituality
May 29: People of the World: Shabbat and Tikkun Olam
The course is facilitated by Tova Birnbaum, Director of Jewish Content, OFCC.
In Part One, the spotlight will be on 'The People.' The class will be held Wednesdays, February 6–27. Click here for details.
Part Two of "Judaism: The New Basics" will focus on 'The Books' and will be held Wednesdays, March 6–April 3. Click here for details.
In partnership with BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change
Wednesdays, May 8–May 29
Goldman Teen Center, Room M-121
$50 for all classes | $18 per class General Public | $15 per class Members and J-Pass holders
Scholarship support is available
Contact: Zoe Jick | (650) 223-8756 | [email protected]