Adult Learning

Zoom Approachable Torah

by Lynn Crocker on May 19, 2020

Zoom Approachable Torah

with Rabbi Berkowitz

Thursday, May 21, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

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Join Rabbi Berkowitz for his monthly Approachable Torah session on Thursday. Different day, different context, same inspiring Torah study Join with Video https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81091239070 Meeting ID: 810 9123 9070 
Join with Audio only (telephone) 669-900-6833  Meeting ID: 810 9123 9070 Email Rabbi Berkowitz for the password ... Read more »

Menschlichkeit 101

by Lynn Crocker on May 13, 2020

Zoom Menschlichkeit 101
With Rabbi Pressman

Thursday, May 14,
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

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In a world that seems increasingly callous, cruel and crude, Judaism’s teachings of compassion and respect seem even more relevant and necessary. We will examine topics like: respect for others, manners, proper language, and more. To Connect Online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81830055694?pwd=cEF0aHNIcjJPYytCa2FKTlNwM0FoZz09... Read more »

Zoom In-House Speaker Series:

by Lynn Crocker on April 5, 2020

Jewish Communities of India

This week, Donna Frankel will share the origins, future, beliefs, practices and personal stories from the seven Jewish communities whom she’s encountered on her four trips to the Indian subcontinent.

To connect online (with or without video): https://tinyurl.com/vseyehl... Read more »

Netivot Haneshamah

by Lynn Crocker on February 18, 2020

Stretching Into Shabbat
Saturday, 3/14
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Taught by Rabbi Laurie Matzkin

Please bring your own yoga mat and, if needed, yoga block.
Makom Yoga provides a refreshing mix of Jewish learning (with themes flowing from the weekly parsha, upcoming holidays and beyond) with guided meditation, breath work and asana practice.  Suitable for all levels.

An Exploration of ... Read more »

The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

by Lynn Crocker on February 5, 2020

Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice – Melton 2020 Begins February 24 at APJCC, Los Gatos

Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia and Diane Fisher, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, will  co-teach a brand-new  Melton class on Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice. The course was produced under the guidance of Ruth ... Read more »

LGBT Issues and Solutions – 2/7

by Lynn Crocker on January 10, 2020

LGBT Issues and Solutions

Friday, February 7

Join us for services at 6:00pm followed by dinner and the presentation

Join guest speakers Kathy Levinson and Naomi Fine for a discussion about issues and solutions related to the LGBT community. 
Services will be at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 6:45pm (RSVP required). Our guest speakers will begin at 7:30pm.

Dinner features Minestrone ... Read more »

Perception Vs. Reality
Israel in the Media and Beyond An Evening with Award-Winning Israeli Journalist Matti Friedman Wednesday, January 15

Doors Open at 7:00pm
Program Begins at 7:30pm

At Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills

Co-sponsored by AIPAC and Congregation Beth David

Matti Friedman’s presentation will focus on the portrayal of Israel in the media and will ... Read more »

Mindfulness and Meditation Through the Hasidic Lens

by Lynn Crocker on November 21, 2019

Mindfulness and Meditation Through the Hasidic Lens Saturday, December 7, 10:00  – 11:00 a.m.

Taught by Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia. Find personal meaning in Jewish prayer and discover that current spiritual tools are rooted in the traditional Jewish experience. ... Read more »

What Makes Music Sound Jewish? – 12/8

by Lynn Crocker on November 12, 2019

The Jewish Sound: Sunday, December 8, 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A discussion of the music of biblical times to contemporary world folk fusion. We’ll delve into the history and traditions around Klezmer music and compare it to its Sephardic cousin as well as the sacred traditions developed by unique Jewish communities around the world. Taught by Deborah Rosengaus – ... Read more »

Getting Your Ducks in a Row 11/6 & 11/13

by Lynn Crocker on October 22, 2019

Getting Your Ducks in a Row – Session 2 Wednesday November 13, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This is the second session in a series addressing some of the challenges we face with difficult family decisions. Dafna Mizrahi, and Sue Hartenbaum will discuss what you need to know to stay in your home.  How do you afford to stay in your ... Read more »

Judaism: The Path of Wisdom Friday – 11/1

by Lynn Crocker on October 16, 2019

Judaism: The Path of Wisdom Friday, November 1, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 6:00pm Potluck Dinner
6:45pm Services
7:30pm Rabbi Kleinberg Presentation

6:00pm Potluck Dinner 

We will provide: Cole slaw with pineapple, green salad with salmon, and a quinoa dish. Dairy/ Parve Potluck – Assigned by last name: A-F dessert, G-M main dish, N-Q salad, R-U appetizer, V-Z side dish.  Please sign up online or call ... Read more »

Mindfulness and Meditation Through the Hasidic Len

by Lynn Crocker on October 15, 2019

Mindfulness and Meditation Through the Hasidic Lens Saturday, November 2, 10:00  – 11:00 a.m. Taught by Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia

Find personal meaning in Jewish prayer and discover that current spiritual tools are rooted in the traditional Jewish experience. ... Read more »

Torah Trope

by Lynn Crocker on September 11, 2019

Torah Trope Sunday, October 6, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Adults are welcome to join in as our Kita Hey (5th grade) and older new students learn Torah trope, musical cantillation used to chant from the Torah! Please email Barbara if you want join the class.

Full schedule is: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 16; Dec 8; Jan ... Read more »

Mishna Class: Terumot (Heave offerings)

by Lynn Crocker on September 11, 2019

Mishna Class: Terumot (Heave offerings) Saturday, September 21
After lunch, approx 12:45 p.m.

Taught by Shmuel Shultz. There were two basic types of terumah: one was the regular heave offering or terumah gedolah (“great terumah”) which the Israelites were required to separate from their own crops and to give to the priest; the other was the “tithe heave offering” or ... Read more »

Parasha Yoga with Laurie Matzkin

by Lynn Crocker on August 21, 2019

Parasha Yoga  with Laurie Matzkin Saturday, September 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Parasha Yoga provides a refreshing mix of Jewish learning (with themes flowing from the weekly parsha, upcoming holidays, and beyond) with guided meditation, breath work and asana practice. Suitable for all levels.... Read more »

Siyum – Menachot (Meal offerings)

by Lynn Crocker on August 14, 2019

Siyum – Menachot (Meal offerings) Sunday September 1, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Siyum – Menachot (Meal offerings) belongs to the fifth order, Kodshim (Holy things) and discusses the various grain/based offerings in the Temple.  Followed by a light breakfast.  Donation jar.  Taught by Shmuel Shultz... Read more »

Epigenetics in Development and Disease

by Lynn Crocker on August 7, 2019

Epigenetics in Development and Disease Sunday September 22
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Yonatan Stelzer, Dept of Cellular Biology Weizmann Institute of Science. Read more about Dr. Stezler

Dr. Steizer explores the biological mechanisms of how environmental influences like famine, diet, aging and other stress factors could all potentially impact the human genome, and how despite genetics and DNA ... Read more »

About Dr. Yonatan Stelzer

by Lynn Crocker on August 7, 2019

About Dr. Yonatan Stelzer, Department of Molecular Cell Biology

Dr. Stelzer has always been intrigued by the possibility of using embryonic stem cells to study human genetics and disease. He is an expert in the field of epigenetics—the study of biological mechanisms that modify our inheritable gene activity to switch them on and off. His research on cell fate and ... Read more »

ELI Talks – Videos – Discussion and Brunch

by Lynn Crocker on August 7, 2019

ELI Talks – Videos – Discussion and Brunch Sunday September 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

You’ve heard of TED talks, well, there are ELI talks, ELI stands for Religious Engagement, Jewish Literacy and Jewish Identity. Enjoy videos, a moderated discussion and brunch. Please RSVP online or call the office at 408-257-3333. Cost is $5.00

1. Dara Horn, “The Eicha ... Read more »

Mishna Class

by Lynn Crocker on July 22, 2019

Mishna Class Sabbatical Year Saturday, August 17th
After lunch, approx 1:00pm

Taught by Shmuel Shultz.

The Sabbatical year is a year observed every seventh year under the Mosaic law as a “sabbath” during which the land was allowed to rest ... Read more »

A View of South Africa with Dr. Marcia Bankirer Thursday, June 20, 7:30 – 9:00pm

In December 2018, Dr. Marcia Bankirer accompanied an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

While in the country the group applied their knowledge as they visited schools, agencies, museums, and met with several social justice activists. 

At this Adult Ed Session, ... Read more »

Netivot Haneshamah

by Lynn Crocker on May 15, 2019

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Walking Through the Prayerbook

by Lynn Crocker on May 2, 2019

Walking Through the Prayerbook Led by Chuck Taubman Mondays 11:45 a.m.  – 12:45 p.m.

A weekly, casual, unscripted class where we study well-known prayers from the Siddur, learn their meanings, and decipher their pronunciation. We also examine the customs of the prayer: e.g. how to stand, when to bow, and the “etiquette” of vocalizing. Stress-free discussions will help you develop ... Read more »

Yoga for the Soul

by Lynn Crocker on April 8, 2019

Yoga for the Soul
For Teens and Adults

Sunday, April 28
from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Taught by certified Yoga instructor John Nadler. In addition to a challenging workout, John shows how yoga shifts your life’s balance toward a more centered position, balancing the body, the mind and the spirit. This program is made possible by a grant from Jewish ... Read more »

Refugee Rights in Polarized Times 3/31

by Lynn Crocker on March 25, 2019

View Flyer Refugee Rights in Polarized Times Sunday March 31
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz will speak about the Jewish underpinnings of his social justice work with an emphasis on his work with Arizona Jews for Justice and refugee rights. As a global social justice activist and educator, Rav Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in five continents.  He served ... Read more »