On Sunday June 25, 2017
  • 9am-1pm at Kevah: 2095 Rose St., Suite 202, Berkeley
  • 12pm-4pm at Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco
  • 4pm-8pm at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center: 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

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Sunday, June 25


Taxes, Charity and the Wealthy Few
In today's heated political climate, the question of communal responsibility is at the forefront of our national debate. In what ways is a community obligated to ensure the health, safety and happiness of its members? Find out how Judaism deals with the balance between individuals' obligations to care for themselves and the community's responsibility to ensure their basic needs.

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Jenna Englender

Jenna Englender is a member of the class of 2019 at Yeshivat Maharat in New York. She has served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, as well as Communications Fellow for the Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Jenna has facilitated community... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 TBA

9:30am PDT

Shhh! Somebody Might Hear You: Silence in Biblical Narrative

In this session, we’ll be exploring texts from Chumash that both explicitly and implicitly highlight individual silence. We’ll lean on select rabbinic commentaries which attempt to hear what these silent voices are saying (or not saying), and pair those perspectives our own parsing of the texts. 


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Max Edwards

Max Edwards was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota - known to loyal midwesterners as the true heartland. He attended Macalester College and earning a B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics. After Macalester, Max went out east to pursue an MTS at Harvard Divinity School, graduating... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

10:40am PDT

Do all Lives Matter? Case Studies in Balancing Particularism and Universalism

Do All Lives Matter, or just Jewish Lives? What demands does having privilege make on us as we relate to others? In this class, we will mine through biblical and rabbinic texts that deal with the tension between loyalty to fellow Jews and commitment to the well-being of those outside of our religious communities. Though the class will not be political in nature, participants are encouraged to consider how the sources we learn may be relevant in light of current events.

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Loren Berman

Loren Berman just completed his first year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York. He has served as a volunteer rabbinic chaplain at Riker's Island Correctional Facility and recently completed the Limmud-Shalom Hartman Rabbinic Fellowship. As an avid traveler, he has taken his teaching... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 10:40am - 11:40am PDT
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

11:50am PDT

Wandering the Desert through the Eyes of a Chaplain: the spiritual encounters of Bamidbar

From Exodus in Egypt until the preparations to enter Canaan, the Israelite journey in the wilderness was more than just a long transformation from slavery to freedom.  It was a journey of loss, growth, and renewal.  Come join interfaith chaplain Ari Weber as we attempt to walk through 40 years of spiritual and emotional experiences through the eyes, ears, and hearts of the Israelites.

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Ari Weber

Ari Weber graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in social welfare and Hebrew. Following college, he spent four years living in Israel, where he learned in yeshiva and served in the Nachal Infantry Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.  Ari returned to the... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 11:50am - 12:50pm PDT
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

12:30pm PDT

The Technology of Theology

Over the 4000 years that we have been thinking about G_d, our technology has come along way. Together we'll explore how changes in the technological landscape affect our beliefs about G_d, holiness, and each other.


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Tobias Divack Moss

Tobias Divack Moss is a rooftop fiddler, intrepid backpacker, and an unrequited Knicks lover. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis he began working in international economics and business positions before pivoting towards the rabbinate by way of the Pardes Institute... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

2:50pm PDT

I’m Not An Imposter, YOU’RE The Imposter!

You're not the only one; the Rabbis of the Talmud also had that little voice in their head saying, “You’re a fraud!" "Who gave you permission to revolutionize Judaism?” It might have asked, "Who do you think you are?" The very human stories of our Sages reveal feelings of self-doubt as they vied for their place in the chain of tradition, and fought to gain authenticity and authority. Together, we will explore the moving and enduring emotion of these stories, and look at how the Rabbis dealt with their Imposter Syndrome. 

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Stephanie Crawley

Stephanie Crawley is entering her final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She has served as a Jewish educator and musician for communities in Manhattan, Connecticut, D.C., Jerusalem, Czech Republic, Belarus, Washington, California, and... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 2:50pm - 3:50pm PDT
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

4:30pm PDT

The Legend of Serah bat Asher: Exploring a Jewish legacy of artistic inclination

Serah bat Asher is mentioned only three times in the Torah, but the midrashic tradition gives her a central role in the history of the Jewish people.  “Songster, poet, and woman of wisdom,” as the Bible scholar Rachel Adelman describes her, Serah demonstrated the remarkable capacity of art to both transform and tell the truth.  In this class, we will explore the legacy of this lesser known Jewish figure, and what she can teach us about the power of art and beauty in our times today.

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Sara Himeles

Sara recently completed her second year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. Previously, she wrote for Seventeen Magazine and a tech company, and was a political appointee at the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security. Then, on one fateful evening in a class with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

5:40pm PDT

From Outsiders to Insiders: Differences and disabilities through a rabbinic lens

How did the sages respond to people whose minds or bodies worked differently from their own? This class will explore ways that rabbinic texts view various types of differences and disabilities.  We will aim to glean wisdom from these texts to uncover how our communities can become more inclusive today.

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Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn is a rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.  Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she received her B.A. and Masters in Teaching from Brown University.  Rachel spent three years teaching at the Pacific Boychoir Academy in Oakland, CA, then completed... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 5:40pm - 6:40pm PDT
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

6:50pm PDT

Is Prayer Only for Men Without Children?!
For the majority of its history, Jewish liturgy has been developed by (and primarily for) single men or men whose wives were taking care of the kids. In this class, we'll look at the relationship between prayer and children, asking whether and how it is possible to imagine a liturgy built on the assumption that the whole family is going to shul.

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David Zvi Kalman

He doesn't know when or how it happened, but David Zvi is suburban dad. When he is not mowing the lawn or soldering copper pipe, he is writing...about different types of hammers. And clocks, probably. He is currently scholar-in-residence at Home Depot. Also he is writing a dissertation... Read More →

Sunday June 25, 2017 6:50pm - 7:50pm PDT
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto