Adult Education

Book Discussion Group
The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters
by Richard Elliott Friedman

Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to the mystery of the exodus. Unable to find physical evidence until now, many archaeologists and scholars claim this mass migration is just a story, not history. Others oppose this conclusion, defending the biblical account. Richard Elliott Friedman cuts through the noise-the serious studies and the wild theories-merging new findings with new insight. From a spectrum of disciplines, state-of-the-art archaeological breakthroughs, and fresh discoveries within scripture, he brings real evidence of a historical basis for the exodus-the history behind the story.
Discussion led by Michal Strutin 
To connect with Zoom https://zoom.us/j/96289959946?pwd=WnNFT2ZSWkxkcGJ0L1NaQXVZSlhNZz09
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833,
Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946,
Password: 498102

Talmud Study

Fridays, March 12, 19, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
No class on March 5
Please join Rabbi Jaymee Alpert for weekly Talmud study, as we proceed with Tractate Pesachim. All are welcome. No prior Talmud study experience necessary. To connect via zoom https://zoom.us/j/734334750?pwd=VUx5U0tpclZHV3Y4M0F2V1JaeE84dz09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 734 334 750, Passcode: 854888

Hidden in the Haggadah:
The Seder’s Meaning Revealed (Zoom)

Tuesday, March 16, 7:30- 9:00 p.m.
In this interactive session, educator Aviv Matzkin will lead us through a close reading of the 15 steps of the “order” (seder) of Pesach, found in the Haggadah. Please join us as we discover the until-now hidden structure within the traditional Haggadah, uncovering for us a new narrative running throughout the text. This insight gives new meaning of every detail of the Haggadah text, which you’ll be ready to use at your holiday table to impress your family. You will find yourself slapping your forehead and saying, “How did I not notice this before?!”
To connect with Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93594718071?pwd=WDE5UVNGOW5QUGd3SU12QTRoMTMyQT09
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 935 9471 8071
Passcode: 455412

ScholarStream JTS Faculty Series (Zoom)
Jews and Power: From Biblical to Modern Times

Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
An exploration of the implementation of Jewish power, in the past and in the present. How have Jews rebelled against, accommodated to, and made use of structures of power in varying historical contexts?

  • 3/3 Rabbi Gordon Tucker, “Allegations of Dual Loyalty in Jewish History”
  • 3/10 Prof. Amy Kalmanofsky, “Rebels With a Cause: Insurrection in the Tanakh”
  • 3/17 Prof. Marjorie Lehman, “The Power Dynamics of Queen Helene”

To register for the JTS Faculty series, please click here: https://inspired.jtsa.edu/event/jews-and-power-from-biblical-to-modern-times/e324371
Beth David members may waive the series $25 registration fee: Enter Beth David’s congregation promo code, ‘SaratogaFeb21’ and click ‘apply.’  The zoom link for the series will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

ScholarStream – Conservative Yeshiva Faculty Series (Zoom)
Reimagining Exodus Through Stories Song and Sightseeing

Thursdays March 4, 11, 18, and Tuesday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join faculty of the Conservative Yeshiva for some Passover-themed learning. The dates and titles are as follows:

  • Thurs 3/4 Ilana Kurshan, “Magic and Sorcery in the Lore of Passover, Then and Now”
  • Thurs 3/11 Dr. Stephen Arnoff, “These Songs of Freedom: Discovering the Rock and Roll Canon for Passover”
  • Thurs 3/18 Jonty Blackman, “Journeying to and Through the Promised Land: Part I of an In-Depth Tour of Some of Israel’s Most Notable Sites”
  • Tues 3/23 Jonty Blackman, “Journeying to and Through the Promised Land: Part II of an In-Depth Tour of Some of Israel’s Most Notable Sites”

To register for the Conservative Yeshiva series, click here: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1329
Beth David members may waive the series $25 registration fee: Enter Beth David’s congregation promo code, ‘SaratogaFeb21’ and click ‘apply.’ The zoom link for the series will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email from the Rabbinical Assembly.

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

Selected Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST
This weekly online series sponsored by the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism, presented by various JTS scholars of renown, will explore 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 next few topics of the series are as follows:

  • 3/8 Dr. Yonatan Brafman 20th Century Jewish Philosophy: Cohen, Buber, and Levinas
  • 3/15 Dr. David Fishman Hasidim and Its Opponents
  • 3/22 Rabbi Eliezer Diamond Freedom for Whom?
  • 4/5 Dr. Jason Schulman Jews and the Civil Rights Movement
  • 4/12 Dr. Rachel Rosenthal Talmud’s Greatest Gentiles

There is no charge. Register once for the entire series. If you’ve attended this series in January or February, 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.)