Online Classes for Winter 2017!

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I’m teaching two online classes this winter:

The Book of Ruth  

This brief but fascinating text touches so many bases in our understanding of the Biblical world: daily life, family, clan and national identity, and the roles and limitations of women. It also serves as a foundation for expanding on the story in later ancient and rabbinic era literature. Finally, it informs our own modern ideas of what constitutes Jewish identity.

The four-session class will delve into each of the four chapters of this brilliantly concise yet expressive text, both revealing the world of Ruth and linking its timeless meaning to our world.

Dates & Time: Thursdays, January 19, February 2, 16, March 2,  7:00 – 8:30 pm Pacific Time

Tuition: $50 or $40 for signups before Jan 5  <- a bargain, if you act quickly

Click here to Register

Israel & Texts

The land of Israel has been central to Jewish history, both ancient and modern. This class will examine the history ancient Israel, the beginnings of rabbinic Judaism, and the modern return to the land. With history as a backdrop, we will learn about the great texts of Judaism, including the synagogue service.

While this class is part of the “Intro to the Jewish Experience” series, it is suitable for any learner who wishes to deepen their acquaintance with the Land of Israel and Jewish religious texts. No Hebrew or Aramaic is required.

Topics: Ancient Israel; Torah, Tanakh & Midrash; Rabbinic Judaism; Talmud; Jewish Law; Jew-Hatred; Zionism & Modern Israel.

Dates & Time: Sundays, January 15 – March 5, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Tuition: $90.  Click here to Register

I teach all classes via either Adobe Connect or Zoom.  No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. No special computer equipment other than an Internet connection required.


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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

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