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April 2018
22April
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Dr. Aviva Zornberg – “Sing – Now! – to God!” – Miriam and Moses

Aviva Zornberg Sunday April 22, 2018 - 7:00pm The history of Miriam, the prophetess who speaks enviously of her brother Moses, offers an intimate glimpse of the tensions between brother and sister, both leaders, both prophets. Midrashic material will illuminate this mysterious relationship. $15 members of co-sponsoring organizations $20 general public Dr. Avivah Zornberg is one of the most dynamic and compelling interpreters of the Bible alive. She weaves together ideas from literature, secular philosophy, psychology and the ancient teachers’ take on the texts. It is entirely engaging and built for the 21st century. Books, including Zornberg’s newest book: Moses: A Human Life and Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers will be on sale at the event thanks to Afikomen Judaica. Co-sponsored by Beyt Tikkun, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Kevah, Urban Adamah, and Aquarian Minyan. Powered by Eventbrite

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23April
Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610 United States

700 Benches: Teshuvah – A Radically Inclusive SVARA-Style Beit Midrash

Mondays April 9, 16 and 23 - 7:00-9:00pm at Kehilla 1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont CA and Mondays April 30, May 7 and 14 - 7:00-9:00pm at Chochmat HaLev Come and learn about the origins of teshuvah – relational repair! $130 for members of Kehilla or Chochmat / $160 general ~ no one turned away for inability to pay. We’ll study the original texts in their original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. While all texts are studied in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, no prior text experience is necessary. If you’re willing to try, we’ll help you to learn! You belong here if: You want to study Talmud in a multi-level, student-centered, queer-positive space; You know the Hebrew alef-bet and can sound out words, or you’re up for learning the alef-bet before April 9th (Kehillla is offering a 4-week class, at two different times, to help you get there – register here), or you’ve got more Hebrew/Aramaic skills/experience; You’re up for learning in traditional Yeshiva style, with a study partner/hevruta. We’ll help people with similar text skills to pair up, or you can register with a study partner if you already have one. You can commit to all six sessions. We know that unforeseen circumstances can arise, but it’s important that you plan to be at all six sessions. Each week builds on the work of the previous week, and it will be hard to catch up and participate fully if you miss a week. In addition, your hevruta depends on you for their learning as well! Faculty: Maggid Jhos Singer, Chochmat HaLev Congregational Leader Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Senior Rabbi Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Kehilla School Director SAM Luckey, Kehilla Rabbinic Intern & Rabbinical student at Hebrew College Jenna Stover-Kemp, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible at UC Berkeley and Kehilla member REGISTER Here! All…

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24April
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street,
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States

“One State, Two State: Moral Red Lines” Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman

East Bay iEngage Collaborative Lecture Series Israel’s Milestones and Their Meaning The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future This is part of a series with Rachel Korazim (Feb 6, 2018), Yehuda Kurtzer(March 21, 2018) and Donniel Hartman (April 24, 2018). This series is co-sponsored by Chochmat HaLev and other community partners. Members can attend for free. More information and Registration Beth El is thrilled to welcome Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, as part  the East Bay iEngage Collaborative Lecture Series.  Donniel Hartman will examine how the notion of a one state or two state solution creates moral red lines for many inside and outside the Jewish community.  He will use this notion as a jumping off point to examine how Jewish communities can interact when different moral redlines exist as well as help offer some ways to answer when and how one comes to define their moral redline. Further, he will challenge the status quo pushing for a Jewish community that takes seriously the ideas of others even when it pushes up against moral redlines. Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman President, Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of the highly regarded 2016 book, Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. Donniel is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community. He has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is the…

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24April
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Cochmat Counts Week 4 – And Still, we Persisted: An Exploration of Netzach

Tuesday April 24 - 7:00-9:00pm With Maggid Jhos Singer At the mid-point of our Omer journey, we focus on the sefirah of Netzach/Endurance. Seeing through a new mindfulness practice, achieving a long-term goal, digging deeper into our internal well of resources — these are just some of the ways we experience the lessons of Netzach. What do you hope endures in you? As a result of your emotional, spiritual, or practical work? Where do you struggle with completion? Join Maggid Jhos in this interactive session where we’ll dive into text study, discussion, and story to explore the opportunities and challenges we encounter in Netzach. Childcare Provided with Advance Registration Register Now Powered by Eventbrite

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29April
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

SVARA Traditionally Radical Bet Midrash

Sunday,April 29, 2018 - 10:30am-5:30pm Location: Chochmat HaLev SVARA IS BACK IN THE BAY! HAVE A FLING WITH US THIS SPRING Hey Queer Jew BAY-bes! (Get it?!) We've been pining over you since our last rendezvous, so we're coming back this April for another fling! Register now to save your spot (sliding scale $18-72) Join us for a full day of learning, SVARA-style: Talmud served up the old-fashioned way—hardcore, queer, and radically inclusive. We'll learn a complete Talmud text, start to finish, to complete memorization and with deep and total ownership. All you need to know is your alef-bet to do it! Really! Come with a friend to be your chevruta (study partner) or we’ll hook you up. Whether you’ve never learned Talmud before or you’re an advanced learner, SVARA’s bet midrash (learning community) is for you! All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic within your first hour. We guarantee it! PLEASE NOTE: The CRASH Talk is a prerequisite for learning in the SVARA Bet Midrash. Anyone who plans to attend Sunday’s day of learning and has not yet heard the CRASH Talk (in person!) should watch Benay’s ELI Crash Talk. What books do I need? We will provide you with everything you need in order to learn SVARA-style! If you have your own dictionaries for studying Talmud (A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow and The Practical Talmud Dictionary, by Yitzhak Frank) please bring them along! If you'd like to borrow these dictionaries for the day, please indicate this on your registration form. We’ll be learning from Masechet Sanhedrin, one of the tractates of the Talmud. If you have a copy…

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