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. Note: You must register for this class through the Melton website, not through the JCC website.


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

Want to sample a Melton lesson? Click here!

Dates: One Monday each month during the school year.  Dates for 2018-19 are 9/17, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6, 6/3*.
Time: 8:40-10:00am
Cost: $10 per day. Your first class is free!

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, our Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator, 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 women of all faiths. Diverse, high quality women come together to enjoy text study, self-reflection, journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. Walk away with food for thought and concrete steps to bring more meaning to your month. We welcome all moms, including first-time participants! First session is free, then $10/session. This program is held in Club J on the school side of the building.

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.

For more information, email [email protected].


*Our last meeting of the school year will be an offsite, evening event on June 3.

Learn Talmud in English. This class is presented in collaboration with Lehrhaus Judaica.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle students study with the Koren Talmud Bavli, Ta’anit, available in various print sizes and in digital editions.

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

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Sun 10/21, 11/11, 12/16, 1/27, 2/24, 3/17, 4/28, 5/19, 6/2* 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 from 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

Learn to speak and read Hebrew with instructor Yael Karmi. Yael is a native Hebrew speaker and accomplished Hebrew teacher. Choose morning or evening class. For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 10/9-11/13 7:00-8:15pm $36 $45
Tue 10/16-11/20 12:00-1:30pm $36 $45

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

 

Experience Judaism through a yoga lens. Enjoy a unique mix of alignment-based yoga, text study and discussion, and spiritual meditation. Stretch your body, mind and soul. This framework for embodied mindfulness is organized around the Jewish calendar but will speak to people of all backgrounds, faiths and fitness levels. Instructor is Rabbi Laurie Matzkin. For more information, email [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Mon 10/29 12:30-2:30pm TBA TBA
Mon 12/3 12:30-2:30pm TBA TBA
Thu 1/31 7:30-9:30pm TBA TBA
Mon 3/18 12:30-2:30pm TBA TBA
Thu 4/11 7:30-9:30pm TBA TBA
Mon 5/20 12:30-2:30pm TBA TBA

Are you seeking to bring Judaism into your children’s life but don’t know where to start? Do you want to increase your family’s connection to the Jewish tradition? This workshop series will give you inspiring ideas and concrete tools to bring Jewish values, messages, and actions into your family’s daily life. Led by our Mindful Jewish Journeys educator Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, you will enjoy a pluralistic, safe space to explore different aspects of “Judaism behind the scenes.” Topics include: how to make Shabbat and holiday rituals come alive, how to talk with your children about God, how to mourn with the support of Jewish wisdom, and how to access daily moments of mindfulness amidst it all. Join us over a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and grow from the inside out! All faith backgrounds and levels of religious practice are welcome.

Thu 9/6, 11/29, 1/17, 3/7, 5/16, time TBA
Price TBA

Journey into Ritual – 9/6

Journey into Spirituality – 11/29

Journey into Grief – 1/17

Journey into Justice – 3/7

Journey into a Balanced Life – 5/16

For more information, 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.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays.

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.

* This class meets every Wednesday, except on holidays. No class on 9/19 or 1/23.

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.

Please note, if Monday is a holiday or the eve of a holiday, this class does not meet.

 


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.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays. Class does not meet during the summer. Class will resume on September 4, 2018.

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.