Hebrew Class Bracha 2015


Kehilla offers adult classes, learning events and other study opportunities, reflecting the interests and goals identified by congregants.  If you have an interest in learning in a particular area, or would like to volunteer to help make these opportunities possible, we welcome your email to adulted@kehillasynagogue.org.  Please scroll down for current offerings.

Online Hebrew/Biblical Text Resources

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700 Benches: Rabbinic Reparations?
Taught by: Rabbi SAM Luckey
Sunday Afternoons, from 3-5:30pm starting with Orientation on February 28 through March 21 (via Zoom)

Join Rabbi SAM Luckey to learn how can we repair harm? What if our communal infrastructure is built with stolen material? In this 3-week beit midrash, we will wrestle with these questions with the rabbis of the Talmud, in conversation with the BLM platform, the vision of the Segorea Te Land Trust, and each other. All you need to begin is your alef-bet (Hebrew alphabet). Dates: Sundays, March 7, March 14, and March 21, with an Orientation session February 28 from 3-4:30pm. (Registration deadline: by the end of Thursday, Feb. 25th) Learn More

Aleph Bet Crash Course
Taught by: Rabbi SAM Luckey
Wednesday Evenings, from 7-8 pm starting February 3 through March 10 (via Zoom)

Join Rabbi SAM Luckey and learn to decode the alef-bet! In this accelerated four-week crash course, we will learn the letters through games, lore, and chevruta (study buddy) practice, using visual and aural mnemonics and associations. Dates: Wednesdays –  Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3. Please hold March 10 also, for optional make-up/review bonus session. Learn More

Decoding the Aleph Bet and Beyond
Taught by: Bracha Stone
Sunday Evenings, from 7:30-8:30pm from February 7 through April 11 (via Zoom)

Join Bracha Stone the third part of this series is designed for those who desire to get friendly and familiar with this precious language. New students are welcome! All you need is some familiarity with the Hebrew letters and vowels and a desire to know more. This time the classes will be every other Sunday, to provide time for independent or chevruta study of the textbook exercises. Dates: Sundays – Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, and March 21. Please hold April 11 also, which we’ll only use in case one of the earlier classes is cancelled; there will be 4 sessions TOTAL. If you are drawn to Queer Talmud Camp and knowledge of the Aleph-Bet is an obstacle, this is the right place for you. New students should be in touch with Bracha to make sure that this is a good fit for you, at stone.betty@gmail.com or call 510-703-2220. Learn More

Torah From the Beginning: The Book of Exodus
Taught by: Sharon Grodin, with occasional guest teachers
Friday Afternoons, from 12:30-1:30pm from January 8 through March 19 (via Zoom)

New members/drop-ins welcome! Join Sharon Grodin for an opportunity to study the Torah as it unfolds week by week for 11 weeks; each class covers the same parasha that will be read/discussed at that week’s Shabbat service. For adults of all backgrounds and all levels of Torah/Bible experience. (Taught primarily in English, with insights from the Hebrew wording and other languages and interpretations). Learn More

Essentials of Judaism 
Taught by: Rabbi Dev Noily
Second Tuesdays Monthly from 7-9pm (via Zoom)
Join Rabbi Dev for a deep dive into some of the juiciest parts of Jewish practice and life. This monthly class is required for Conversion and Adult B’nei Mitzvah Students and is open to all. Classes will be held via Zoom on these dates: November 10, December 8, 2020, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11, 2021
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Exploring Jewish?

Learning * Reflection * Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah * Conversion *

If you’ve been thinking about giving your interest in Jewish experience more focused attention, Kehilla would like to encourage, and help support your effort. However you define what “Jewish” (or “Kehillian”) experience means to you, there are opportunities to explore and enrich that part of your life. You may have a desire to study toward a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, or a conversion, or just to give yourself the gift of deeper personal exploration.

We’re offering a variety of experiences: classes (Hebrew included), groups, partnered study (chevruta), solo study, personal reflection and exploration of mitzvot and the spiritual underpinnings of social action. Some participants will identify a concrete goal; others will just see what develops.

If this intrigues you, please respond (“I’m curious” is a sufficient response, more is welcome) to experience@kehillasynagogue.org . No commitment now—let’s talk!