FALL 2018 OFFERINGS
Judaism and Gender in the #MeToo Moment with
Charles Michael Scholar-In-Residence: Rabbi Carole Balin, Ph.D.
Friday, October 26, 6:00 pm
Sermon at One Shabbat Service: “What Do Reform Jews Have to Say about Gender Equality, and Why Should I Care?”
Friday, October 26, 7:15 – 9:00 pm
Special Dinner/Discussion (Register now.)
Saturday, October 27, 9:15 – 10:15 am
Torah Study: “Can We Talk?: Studying the Parashah through a Feminist Lens”
Sunday, October 28, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Panel Discussion: “#MeToo and Now What?!”
Rabbi Balin will moderate a panel of women speakers — including Rabbi Carla Fenves, Debbie Findling, Carly Levin and Kirsten Wolberg. (Register now.)
Carole B. Balin is Professor Emerita of History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a member of the team at Auburn Seminary, the cutting-edge leadership training institute for clergy of all faiths. Carole has trained and mentored over 500 rabbinical, cantorial, and education students, and has published prodigiously on topics ranging from “Jewish Women under the Tsars” to the Maxwell House Haggadah. She curated the national traveling exhibit “Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age” and wrote and narrated the animated short The Click Moment: Jewish Feminism 101. Carole appears on the PBS show The Jewish People: A Story of Survival. She also blogs for the Huffington Post and lectures at synagogues and universities throughout the world. Carole is a member of the board of the Jewish Women’s Archive and Camp Young Judaea, as well as a New York State-certified rape crisis/domestic violence counselor. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College and earned a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University. Carol is also an ordained rabbi, having honed her spiritual practice at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s two-year clergy program.
This weekend is made possible by The Charles Michael Lecture Endowment Fund.
Members: $18; Nonmembers: $36
This crash course is designed for those who want to learn how to read Hebrew as well as those who just need a refresher. Course participants MUST attend both sessions. A light nosh will be provided. This is great preparation for the Adult Anshei Mitzvah program as well.
THERE IS A POET IN EVERYONE—EVEN YOU—REALLY!!!
The Cento Patchwork Poetry Workshop By Rabbi Stephen S Pearce
Tuesday evenings: October 16, 23, 30: November 6 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Free of Charge; registration is required.
Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, The Congregation Emanu-El Taube Scholar, will teach a workshop for the known and unknown poet in everyone. It may seem odd, but everyone is a poet, even if he or she never liked or understood poetry, has never written a poem or finds poetry intimidating. This poetry workshop will introduce the inexperienced, novice, or skilled writer to poetry that virtually writes itself often called foundverbatim or appropriated poetry.
This traditional literary device known as a Cento creates the new meaning from previously written texts by taking words, phrases, and sometimes, entire passages from other sources and reframes them into a new poem, the literary equivalent of a collage. The Cento dates back to the 3rd or 4th century. By recycling previously written verses, texts are given new contexts, pretexts, and meaning. Try your hand at writing a Cento or come to enjoy the creations of the workshop participants some of which will appear in the Temple Chronicle at a later date. No previous experience is required. Please bring a favorite (short) poem to share with participants.
How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts
Taught by Lehrhaus Judaica’s new executive director, Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
Tuesday evenings: October 16, 23, 30; November 6 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
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.
Jewish Word Wizards Of Broadway: Musical Theatre’s Legendary Lyricists
Taught by Musical Theatre Maven, Bonnie Weiss
Tuesday evenings: October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Members: $36; Nonmembers: $54
Let’s explore the richness of thought, feeling, wit and whimsy of some of the musical theatre’s most acclaimed and under-appreciated word wizards. And let’s find out why over 70% of them were Jews. In this course we’ll focus on five of these verbal virtuosos: Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg (“Over the Rainbow”, “April in Paris). Dorothy Fields, Sheldon Harnick, and Oscar Hammerstein. We ‘ll also look at how they expressed their experiences and concerns of being Jews in America through their work.
Your presenter, Bonnie Weiss, is a seasoned theatre educator, historian, and writer. She teaches musical theatre appreciation for San Francisco State, U.C. Berkeley and Santa Clara University, and for professional and educational groups throughout California.
She has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Dominican University and the Colleges of Marin and San Mateo. She has written feature stories for The Sondheim Review and Stage Directions Magazine.
CHESHVAN YOGA: YOGA FOR REST
Friday afternoons 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Oct 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16
Members $36; Nonmembers $54
Prepare for Shabbat on all levels of being in this Friday lunchtime weekly series during the month of Cheshvan, the Hebrew month of rest! Integrate mind, body, heart, and spirit and cultivate the quality of rest (menuchah) in a gentle yoga and movement practice rooted in Jewish mystical teachings about Shabbat. This course will be taught by Julie Emden, founder and director of Embodied Jewish Learning.
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: October 3 from noon – 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: October 3 from 4:00 – 5:00pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
What questions keep you up at night?
What answers bring you comfort?
What more are you curious to know?
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
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