JEWISH LIFE CLASSES

Explore Jewish Thought and Experience

Ask questions, find meaning, learn and join in community with others as we investigate Jewish life, thought, and experience.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning provides in-depth Jewish learning for adults. These are college level classes, but with no homework and no exams. You can learn more on the Melton website. For more information, contact [email protected].

A Taste of Melton:
Modern Living: Maintaining Balance

A new four-lesson course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Searching for ways to find balance in our lives is a recurring theme in modern living. Throughout this course texts will be studied related to the various elements of our lives that are constantly hanging in the balance. For the sake of organizational clarity, the course has been broken up into four topics of focus:

  1. Focus on Family
  2. Focus on Work and Community
  3. Focus on Self
  4. Finding the Balance

Dates: Mondays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Rabbi Leslie Alexander
Cost: $120 (JCC Member Price: $100)
How to Register: Click here to register online on the JCC website.

Melton:
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and their Jokes

This new Melton Scholars Course will show how the things that make the Jewish people laugh represent a distinct period, theme, or preoccupation in Jewish history. Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along the Jewish journey. This course treats Jewish jokes as Jewish text, and invites students to “read” and interpret jokes and humor in an attempt to reveal the concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that continue to bond us as a people.

Day: Mondays beginning on October 8, 2018 for 10 weeks
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Rabbi Leslie Alexander
Cost: $250
How to Register: Click here to register on the Melton website.


CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

Dates: One Monday each month during the school year.  Dates for 2018-19 will be announced soon.
Time: 8:40-10:00am
Cost: $10 per day. Your first class is free!

Would you like to bring more intentionality to the way you experience time? Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, experienced educator and APJCC Los Gatos Preschool parent, for an exploration of the themes of the Jewish months and how their unique energies can help focus our personal growth throughout the year. This framework for reflection and mindfulness is organized around the Jewish calendar but applies to parents of all faiths.

This family centered group meets monthly on the Monday after Rosh Hodesh (the celebration of the new Jewish month) and will integrate text study, self-reflection and journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. 8:40-9:00am informal coffee and chatting, followed by a more focused program 9:00-10:00am.

Moms’ Circle is in held in Club J, on the school side of the JCC building. Coffee and bagels provided.

To sign up, email [email protected].


CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

*Our last meeting of the school year will be  June 4 at 8:00pm in the evening. This will be our “Wine and Women” closing celebration, at Tigelleria Restaurant, 76 E. Campbell Ave., in Campbell.

Learn Talmud in English. This class is presented in collaboration with Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society. Registration for 2017-18 is now closed. Registration for 2018-19 will be available online soon.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Sun 10/21/18, 11/11/18, 12/16/18, 1/27/19, 2/24/19, 3/17/19, 4/28/19, 5/19/19 10:00am-12:00pm TBA

Note: If you’ve never studied Talmud before, we recommend you take Lehrhaus Judaica’s “Taste of Talmud” class before the Talmud Circle class starts.

* 6/10/18 class is in San Francisco.

An overview of the Jewish life-cycle, holidays, and ritual. During the course of the year, students will gain an understanding of Jewish belief, history and calendar and gain exposure to important Jewish books including the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. Each session includes thirty minutes of Hebrew instruction. Sessions will rotate among local synagogues and the APJCC based on which rabbi is teaching. Please note that the class location rotates. For class locations, please check the syllabus (available this fall) . Instructors: Rabbi Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai, Rabbi Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash, Rabbi Ohriner of Congregation Beth David, Rabbi Magat of Temple Emanu-El, and Rabbi Seid-Valencia of the APJCC. To join this ongoing class, please register below and contact Maya Jacobson at [email protected] to receive the syllabus and other class materials.

Class meets on  Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Dates for 2018-19 are Oct 16 through April 9. No class on 11/20, 12/25, 1/1, 2/19.

Fee is $180 per person.


CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This class starts in the fall and continues through the spring. If you’re interested in starting class in fall 2018, please contact Maya Jacobson at [email protected].

Learn to speak and read Hebrew with instructor Yael Karmi over a seven-week series. Yael will be offering classes at two different levels:

Learn to Speak Hebrew:  Beginner Hebrew Conversation

Would you like to speak some modern practical Hebrew? Can you already read in Hebrew? Then this class is for you. Starting from the most basic vocabulary and grammar we will practice reading and talking with other participants in Hebrew. Yael Karmi, a native Israeli speaker who has been teaching Hebrew since 1995, will teach this class.

Learn to Read Hebrew: Intermediate Hebrew Reading

Here is your chance to become a fluent Hebrew reader! This class is for adults who begun Hebrew reading and mastered about half to two third of the letters and vowels. In this class we will learn to read all the letters and vowels and start with some vocabulary and short sentences. In the end of this course students will be able to read Hebrew fluently and accurately. (Note: if you choose this track you must purchase Hebrew: A Language Course Primer by Lois Rothblum.)

Both classes are offered concurrently. The instructor will differentiate instruction. All are welcome.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 4/17-5/15 7:00-8:15pm $26 $35

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* No class on Feb 20

To register, contact [email protected].

Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the fundamental works of Maimonides, Luzzato, and other classic commentators. No Hebrew necessary. For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Tue ongoing 9:30-11:00am Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

Drop in to study and discuss the writings of Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan, with instructor Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia. No experience or specialized knowledge necessary. Each week we’ll read and discuss a short selection from Kaplan’s writings. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed ongoing* 9:00-10:30am Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* No class on 5/16/18 and 5/23/18

This class takes a look at some of the great works of past Hasidic teachers and strives toward deepening our contemporary Jewish spirituality. This class with Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia is for all abilities and levels and is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Thu ongoing* 11:00am-12:00pm Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* No class on 5/17/18 and 5/24/18

This class meets every Monday from 3:30-4:30pm at Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. This engaging class with the JCC’s Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, keeps us full of life through the words of the Torah. All abilities, ages, and levels are welcome – you do not need to be a resident of Chai House.

 


This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

Meet to discuss the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Ilana Baird. This lively class and all discussion is in Russian. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

All Russian Language Torah Study Programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Larisa Margulis & Mikhail Guz.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Tue ongoing 10:00-11:30am Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.