Image: Intro class at Temple Sinai, Oakland, CA.
The dates for my “Intro to the Jewish Experience” class have been set for the upcoming year! Here are the dates for online classes:
Fall Term: Jewish Lifecycle & Holidays – Sundays, October 22 – December 10, 2017
A very basic introduction to Jewish lifecycle events and the yearly cycle of holidays.
Winter Term: Israel & Texts – Sundays, January 21 – March 11, 2018
An introduction to Jewish sacred texts and to the land of Israel through those texts. We will briefly study Torah, Bible, Midrash, Mishnah, Gemara (Talmud), and the process of Responsa.
Spring Term: Traditions of Judaism – Sundays, April 8 – June 3, 2018
This class examines the vast diversity of the Jewish world: Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrahi, Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Renewal, American Judaism, as well as Jewish food customs and culture.
The terms may be taken in any order. Tuition is $225 for the full series, or $90 per term. Classes meet from 3:30pm – 5pm Pacific Time online.
Terms are structured as follows:
- Eight 90 minute lectures
- Text: Settings of Silver by Stephen Wylen (Fall-Winter-Spring)
- Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas by Arthur Green (Fall)
- What’s In It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives by Stephen Fuchs (Winter)
- Discussion via a “secret” Facebook page
- Handouts distributed by Facebook page and Dropbox folder
- One-on-one meetings with instructor via Skype, Facetime, or in person.
- A brief quiz at the end of each session to cement your learning.
Register through the Lehrhaus Judaica website.
This class parallels a class offered on Wednesday evenings at Temple Sinai in Oakland, CA. For more info about that traditional class and to register for it, check the Lehrhaus online catalog.