Emanu-El Reads Spring Book: History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty” (Newsday).
Book Group Meeting Date: TBD
Deepen your experience of the Passover holiday this year by enhancing your understanding of key words and phrases from the Exodus story with Embodied Jewish Learning. Each class will focus on a different moment in the story, as we infuse our movements with qualities inferred by the text.
March 15 – Kaved Lev– Opening Our Hearts
March 22 B’toch Hayam– Stepping into the Sea
March 29 – Manna– The Practice of Not Knowing
Drop-ins are welcome! No previous yoga experience or knowledge about Torah, Hebrew or Passover are necessary. Yoga props will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you have one.
Julie Emden, RYT-500, is the Founding Director of Embodied Jewish Learning. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Jewish educator, Iyengar-based yoga instructor and movement/expressive artist, Julie has two decades of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text, and practices via the body in a variety of settings. Embodied Jewish Learning offers classes, workshops, online learning, retreats, teacher training, and strategic consultation and guidance for Jewish Wellness Initiatives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Leviticus and Deuteronomy
This is a continuation of the fall course with Rabbi Jeremy Morrison from Lehrhaus Judaica
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
April 9, 16, 30; May 7
Sliding scale pricing
To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading the Bible that are central to liberal Judaism’s orientations to reading sacred texts but are not frequently utilized in synagogue settings. We will discuss myth and metaphor and the Bible’s literary history in order to uncover the ancient meanings of several of the Bible’s classic narratives and its law codes and to determine their relevance to modern-day Jews and the world in which we live.
Rabbi David Ellenson Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14
This weekend is made possible by the generosity of Jon Holman and Diana Grand
· Friday, April 12 – 6:00 pm One Shabbat Service Lecture: Faith, Doubt, Meaning and Belief in the 21st Century
· Friday, April 12 – 7:15 pm dinner immediately following Shabbat Service (registration required, limited space) – Continuation of sermon topic
· Saturday, April 13 – 9:15 am Torah Study: Conversion, Membership, and Identity
· Sunday, April 14 – 9:30 am Lecture: Multiple Consciousnesses – Jewish Identity In The Trump Era
David Ellenson is currently serving as Interim President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, following the tragic death of Rabbi Aaron Panken on May 5, 2018. He is also immediate past Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. Ellenson has written extensively on the origins and development of Orthodox Judaism in Germany during the Nineteenth Century, Orthodox legal writings on conversion in Israel, North America, and Europe during the modern era, the relationship between religion and state in Israel, the history of modern Jewish religious movements, and American Jewish life. Chancellor-Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he served as President of HUC-JIR from 2001-2013. Ellenson is also Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
Ellenson received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981 and was ordained as a rabbi by HUC-JIR in 1977. Previously, he received his A.B. degree the College of William and Mary in 1969 and the University of Virginia granted him an M.A. in Religious Studies in 1972.
Monthly Learning Opportunities
“Brown Bag,” first Wednesday in the library at Temple Emanu-El
Join Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.
Next Date: April 3, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
“Limonata and Learning,” first Wednesday of the Month in Marin
Join Emanu-El clergy on one Wednesday a month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today’s events to a cultural or spiritual discussion.
Next Class: April 3, 2019 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Our lectures feature outstanding speakers who will engage in intriguing and thought-provoking conversations about contemporary topics vital to our community and to our lives. Please visit our Lectures page.
At Emanu-El, we are an active community of lifelong Jewish learners – in the endless pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge our own long-held beliefs. Our shared desire for knowledge and for community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a congregation. Emanu-El thrives when we are learning together. We hope that you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us on a thought-provoking and powerful Jewish journey.
To inquire about adult education, please contact Ariana Estoque, director of adolescent and adult education, at (415) 751-2541 x307 or email@example.com