Lectures & Courses

At Central Synagogue

Adult Engagement Programming

Interested in presenting at Central Synagogue? Please contact Lauren Dickel, Adult Engagement Program Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Psalms as an Emotional Experience

Mondays, 9:30–10:45 am
January 11–February 15, 2020
Taught by Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

Take a deep dive into how the psalmists expressed six different spiritual experiences: gratitude, despair, joy, yearning, celebration, and wonder. Come ready to learn, discuss, and share your own experiences.

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Modern American Jewish Though

Tuesdays, 5:30–6:45 pm
January 12–February 16, 2020
Taught by Rabbi David Ellenson

Presented by one of the great teachers of the American Jewish community, this class focuses on key thinkers and ideas that have occupied the American Jewish community in the last century, including topics ranging from spirituality, politics, to feminism, and gender.

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Arabic in Israel: An Official Language and a Cultural Bridge

Sundays, 10:00–11:15 am
January 24–February 7, 2020

Combining language-building skills with an opportunity to learn about Arab culture in Israel, this three-part Arabic intensive lesson (presented in memory of Central member Ron Walter) is presented by the Abraham Initiatives which works to create widespread positive social change in the field of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.

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Collage Art Beit Midrash

Thursdays, 3:30–5:00 pm
January 14–January 28, 2020

This hands-on collage-making class with professional Israeli collage artist Michal Nachmany introduces you to the works of leading collage artists – such as Matisse, Schwitters, Rauschenberg, and Hans Arp, among others. You’ll work on your own artistic project with the guidance of an artist, using materials sent directly to your home.

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Samuel I and II

Wednesdays: 1:30-2:30 pm | Virtual

Led by Cantor Suzanne Skloot

Dive into the text of Samuel I and II. Together we will look at and compare the translations of the Jewish Publication Society and the more recent translation by UC Berkeley professor Robert Alter, and learn why Alter believes that the character of David is the finest portrayal of a human life from antiquity.

Please note there will be no class on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Contact [email protected] if interested in joining this class.

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Ongoing Classes

No registration required and free of charge. Classes take place in our Community House.