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Adult Education Offerings

2021 Offerings
For details and descriptions of March events, read below.
To see all events on the calendar, click here


Beginning Adult Hebrew with Phil Hankin
Weekly, January 25th - April 5th, 7:00pm
Whether you are interested in learning your Aleph/Bet or beginning the process of wanting to become an adult B’nai Mitzvah, come and learn Hebrew from our Director of Education in a fun and interactive manner (on Zoom).
More Details and Register Here

Silicon Valley Introduction to Judaism Class

Tuesdays - 7pm starting October 27 Sign Up and Details Here

This course, also ideal for those considering conversion, and offered through the APJCC, gives students 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. This year’s class will be presented on Zoom. For more information contact Iris at

Weekly Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Magat
Wednesdays - 12pm  RSVP Here
Join Rabbi Magat each week to discuss current social, political and communal topics as they relate to being Jewish and our community.  All are welcome to attend. Please bring an open mind for a lively and respectful discussion.

TV/Film Discussion with Rabbi Magat 
Bi-Monthly, Thursdays - 12pm  RSVP Here
We invite you to join us today as Rabbi Magat & Phil Hankin, Director of Education for Temple Emanu-El, for bi-monthly discussions, where they review and break down current & relevant TV shows.

Reform Judaism's Sacred Path: Beliefs, Meaning and Values, with Rabbi Postrel
Weekly, Monday March 1 - April 5 - 7:00pm  RSVP Here
What in God's name is sustaining us in this time? What is bringing us joy, deeper meaning, life purpose, comfort in distress, optimism in the future? What are our core Jewish beliefs, our specific Reform traditions and our most important values, and range of practices? Join Rabbi Postrel as we explore and answer these questions.

ZIG ZAG: Grown & Flown
Wednesday, April 21 - 7:00pm  RSVP Here
Just when we think our kids are maturing and becoming more independent, they do things (or in some cases don’t do things) that we feel are not helpful to help them have a successful future.  They post unflattering pictures/posts on social media, don’t follow up/take advantage of resources that can help them with future jobs/careers, and don’t seem to “own” their lives the way we would like them to.  

How do we as parents support and help our kids as they continue to mature and own their individual paths, without seeming judgmental, controlling and/or disappointed?  Come with your personal experience and advice on how you’ve handled these types of situations.

ZIG ZAG: Contemporary Jewish Museum Night
Thursday, April 22 - 5:00pm  RSVP Here
Join us for a guided virtual tour of the exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, featuring archival materials, images, and artifacts. Our Contemporary Jewish Museum guide will help us explore the story of Levi Strauss, a nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant in San Francisco, on the path to creating a global phenomenon. Space is limited! Register today!

Green Team Earth Day Movie & Discussion
Sunday, April 25 - 7:00pm  RSVP Here
The TEE Green Team is excited to partner with Shir Hadash's Sustainability Committee for Earth Day today.  We will be showing the movie 2040 (details here) and hold a discussion on how, as a society, we can make changes in our everyday lives to help promote sustainability and the environment. The movie will be available to watch ONLY April 24th & 25th, but the discussion will be on April 25th. 

Shtisel (TV Show) Interview,  Part 1
Wednesday, April 28 - 10:00am  RSVP Here
The Israeli drama series “Shtisel” (launched on Netflix in 2018) became an international hit, and was particularly popular in the US. The series introduced, for the first time, the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jewish community in Jerusalem and provided an insider’s view into the daily lives of Ultra-orthodox Jews and their interaction with the secular majority around them.
In this two lectures series we seek to promote knowledge on this group in Judaism, which strictly observes Jewish Halacha and isolates itself from the internet and any mainstream media. This is also a unique opportunity to get closer to the wonderful characters of “Shtisel” and the writer who created them, Jonathan Indursky - an ex-Ultra-Orthodox himself who left a prestigious Yeshiva for filmmaking.

Lecture 1: Dr. Tomer Persico, Berkeley
Tomer Persico is a Religion Studies scholar and currently a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. In Israel he is a researcher at the Shalom Hartman institute. He studies trends of secularization and religiosity in Israel. He is a frequent commentator in the media and holds a popular blog.

Sat, April 17 2021 5 Iyar 5781