Adult Education

Introduction to Zohar: Series with Rabbi Nathan Roller

Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This class, which has been meeting once a month, explores selections of the Zohar, one of the foundational texts of Jewish mysticism. With Rabbi Roller, we look at the key concepts needed to uncover the theological depths and religious power of this mysterious text.  View Source Sheet
To connect online: To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, meeting ID: 996 7607 1127
Passcode: 054832

Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion, by Steven Weisman
Weisman tells the dramatic history of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries — the personalities that fought each other and shaped its evolution and, crucially, the force of the American dynamic that transformed this ancient religion. These great changes did not come without argument. The Chosen Wars tells the stories of the colorful rabbis and activists who defined American Judaism and whose disputes divided it into Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches. Isaac Mayer Wise, Mordecai Noah, David Einhorn, Rebecca Gratz, and Isaac Lesser are some of the major figures. Discussion led by Steve Levin.
To Connect online:
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102

Talmud Study

Fridays, April 2, 9, 26, 23, 30 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Please join Rabbi Jaymee Alpert for weekly Talmud study. All are welcome. No prior Talmud study experience necessary. To connect via zoom To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 734 334 750, Password: 854888

Approachable Torah

Thursday, April 22, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Rabbi Allan Berkowitz leads a lively conversation about the Torah portion of the week. No experience necessary. All are welcome.
Join Zoom Meeting  Dial-in 408 638 0968 Meeting ID: 899 2552 6526 Passcode: 232968

JTS Spring Series: “The Other” in Jewish Text and Tradition 

Selected Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PDT
This weekly online series sponsored by the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism, presented by various JTS scholars of renown, explores various relationships between “us” and “the other” through various times of history. Each week will be a different standalone lecture presented by a different JTS scholar.
The last few topics of the series are as follows:
April 12 :             Dr. Rachel Rosenthal     Talmud’s Greatest Gentiles
April 19:              Dr. Alexander Weisberg Animal Ethics in the Talmud
April 26:              Rabbi Jan Uhrbach         TBA
May 3:                  Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky    The Book of Ruth as a Model for Welcoming the Other
May 10:               Rabbi Daniel Nevins       History of Jewish Marginalization and
how it affects Jewish responses to marginalization today.
There is no charge. Register once for the entire series. If you’ve attended this series in the past 3 months, there is no need to re-register. The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants by email. (Lectures are also recorded for time-delay viewing if desired.)

A Virtual Tour of the Book of Ruth, through Art

Monday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A video presentation on works of art depicting scenes from the Biblical Book of Ruth. Rabbi Lewis Warshauer, an expert on Renaissance art, and Midrash gives interpretations and insights into the Shavuot themes of grain harvest, famine, migration, foreignness, mitzvot, and courage, as portrayed in ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern art. This video is a recording from a recent online appearance of Rabbi Warshauer in our area.
To connect online:, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 968 8648 7909, Passcode: 686982