Upcoming Adult Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Adult Learning Opportunities

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From The Ten Commandments to The Ten Amendments: A Jewish re-reading of the U.S. Bill of Rights

Thursday, August 6, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Jewish Educator Aviv Matzkin will lead us on a close reading of the Ten Commandments, revealing a deep structural pattern, which gives these commandments new meaning and helps us understand why these specific ten were chosen for Mount Sinai. A similar method of careful analysis will then be used to uncover a similar pattern in the First 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and helping us to interpret a possible hidden message for sustaining a vibrant democracy.

Aviv has been teaching in congregations and Jewish day schools, throughout the Bay Area Jewish community for over 25 years. He’s an alumnus of South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, a graduate (and later, a teacher) of Beth David’s Hebrew High School, studied economics and comparative literature at UC San Diego, and Hebrew literature at Columbia University. He currently studies with precocious middle-school students at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. 
To connect online  https://zoom.us/j/95023269463?pwd=bDVSeGprQjZHNzlmL01GMVlEQzdOZz09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 950 2326 9463, Password: 150859

Jewish Book Discussion Group: Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss

Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a discussion on Forest Dark, a beautiful and original novel by Nicole Krauss, about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert. The discussion will be led by Michal Strutin.
To Connect online: https://zoom.us/j/96289959946?pwd=WnNFT2ZSWkxkcGJ0L1NaQXVZSlhNZz09
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946 Password: 498102

ELI Talks – Video Screening and Moderated Discussion

Sunday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Screening of two videotaped ELI mini-lectures:

Rabbi Charlie Schwartz:

Hearing God’s Voice: Searching For Truth and Irony in the Universe
How can Jewish ritual help us be more mindful? Reflecting on his experience at a Holocaust memorial service, Rabbi Charles Schwartz examines how the power of paying attention can create opportunities for transcendent moments. Rabbi Schwartz asserts that through ritualistic acts of Judaism, such as prayer and community involvement, we learn to better pay attention and, in turn, open ourselves up to the possibility of experiencing the transcendent within the mundane.

Dena Schusterman:

I Will Carry you with my stories
How does Judaism create deeply knowledgeable, empathetic, and resilient human beings? It teaches us to teach our children stories that can last a lifetime. Jewish educator Dena Schusterman shares some of the wisdom of chassidic stories and how they can sustain us in good times and in bad.

Rooted in scripture and tradition, ELI (Religious Engagement, Jewish Literacy, and Jewish Identity) Talks are an online collection of videotaped lectures by prominent Jewish leaders to energize, enrich, and inspire learned conversations on a variety of topics. Check them out at www.elitalks.org.

Each video is approximately 15 minutes in length. We will have a brief discussion following each video.
To Connect Online: https://zoom.us/j/96701589482?pwd=UzVIcjNldyt5Q0hJVjBhK2VhNk9CQT09 
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 967 0158 9482, Passcode: 270030

Approachable Torah

Thursday, August 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Rabbi Allan Berkowitz leads a lively conversation about the Torah portion of the week. Join with video: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81717156128 Join by Phone, 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 817 1715 6128

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