Judaism University is for adult learning.
Weekly on Shabbat Afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at B’nai Emunah. Led by Rabbi Pam. Each week, we study something from the Torah with a focus on what is in the written Torah as well as midrash (commentary) and ideas relating to Torah, including our own ideas and innovations. Knowledge of Hebrew or previous study of Torah are not required.
Adult Hebrew Class
Select Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Taught by Sharon Bleviss. For beginners and those who have already begun studying Hebrew. Learn to read and write and some practical Hebrew words. Cost: $36 for six weeks.
Lunch n’ Learn
Third Thursday of each month from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Enjoy lunch and socializing followed by in-depth study with one of the Rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative. Check the calendar or the BE Mail for location and details.
Meal in a Bag – Tikkun Olam for the Most Needy.
3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM immediately following Lunch n’ Learn. Join us as we make sandwiches and pack them and other ingredients into bags for a homeless outreach program.
Zwerin – Alexander Annual Retreat at the Ralston White Retreat Center in Mill Valley
2019 – May 24-26 with Daniel Matt, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish mysticism and the Zohar and primary translator of The Zohar Pritzker Edition. Click here to learn about studying on line with Dr. Daniel Matt.
2020 – June 26-28 with Robert Alter, Biblical scholar and author of The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, a three volume set. Check back for details after the High Holy Days
Torah Gems and Scholarly Views
Chayei Sarah and The Value of Kindness by Mira Sinick, November 23, 2019
Holy Jewish Texts and Teachings About Peace by Rabbi Pam Frydman. PLEASE NOTE that this is a copyrighted chapter for an anthology in publication. If you wish to reprint anything from the chapter, please submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
God Dwells in All of Us Yom Kippur 5780 – 2019 by Rabbi Pam Frydman
Everyone is Welcome Here Rosh Hashanah 5780 – 2019 by Rabbi Pam Frydman
Ki Teitzei – an Honest Weight and an Honest Measure by Frank Kurtz, September 14, 2019
Shoftim – Justice Justice Shall You Pursue by Bonnie Lindauer, September 7, 2019
Ten Commandments – Comparing the version in Exodus given at Sinai and in Deuteronomy recited by Moses on the eastern side of the Jordan. by Rabbi Pam Frydman
Eikev: Moses and the Mandel Brot Story by Isadore and Maddy Rosenthal, August 24, 2019
Parshot Matot and Maasei by Rabbi Pam Frydman, August 4, 2019
A Friday evening talk on Parshat Pinchas by Rabbi Pam Frydman, July 26, 2019
Understanding Holiness by Rabbi Pam Frydman July 6, 2019
Creating Community by Andrew Nusbaum, June 21, 2019
Giving credit where credit is due by Andrew Nusbaum, March 9, 2019
The Other Scroll of Esther, a Drash by Adrienne Kristine, March 2, 2019
Ki Tissa – The Golden Calf and Second Set of Tables, a Drash by Isadore Rosenthal, February 23, 2019
Make Me a Sanctuary and I will Dwell in Them, a Torah teaching by Rabbi Batshir Torchio, February 9, 2019.
We will do and we will listen, by Rabbi Pam Frydman, February 2, 2019.
Parshat Bo, a Karaite Perspective, by Mira Sinick, Sisterhood Shabbat, January 12, 2019.
Moses Had Common Sense, a Torah teaching by Rabbi Pam, December 29, 2018
Thanksgiving Through a Jewish Lens,a Torah teachingby Rabbi Pam, November 24, 2018
Chayei Sarah, a Torah teaching by Frank Kurtz, November 3, 2018.
The Role of Culture in Human Development by Leon Cooper, October 24, 2018.
A Blessing for Our Leaders, a Torah teaching by by Rabbi Pam, October 20, 2018
Noah the Righteous, Noah the Ordinary, a Torah teaching by Rabbi Pam, October 13, 2018
Shoftim and the Role of Prophecy,a Torah teaching by Frank Kurtz, August 17-18, 2018.
Eikev: A Stiff Necked People, outline prepared by Ralph Sinick, August 3-4, 2018.
Vegetarianism: Judaism and Vegetarianism, an outline by Bonnie Lindauer, March 23, 2018.
B’nai Emunah Booklets
Holocaust Remembrance Booklet August 2019
Omer Counting Handout– Spring 2019
Shofar Sounds and Blessings – May 2019
Shofar sounds and blessings for kids – May 2019
BE Chanukah Candle Blessings and Songbook – December 2018
Tu BShevat Haggadah January 2019
B’nai Emunah Interfaith Memorial Standing With Pittsburg December 2018
B’nai Emunah Prayers and Blessing
Recordings of Torah and Haftarah blessings and prayers from our worship
B’nai Emunah Holocaust Memorabilia
LEARNING TO CREATE YOUR OWN DRASH
These resources were prepared by Bonnie Lindauer, Isadore Rosenthal, Frank Kurtz and Rabbi Pam Frydman. If you wish to reach Bonnie, Isadore, Frank or Rabbi Pam regarding these materials and related information about how to prepared your own drash, please contact Bonnie at bonnie (at) bnaiemunahsf.org.
Preparing a Drash Guidelines and Resources in PDF, prepared by Bonnie Lindauer
Preparing a Drash Guidelines and Resources in WORD, prepared by Bonnie Lindauer
Chapters 18 and 19 from Parshat Vayera on Divine Visitors in WORD, prepared by Isadore Rosenthal
Chapters 18 and 19 from Parshat Vayera on Divine Visitors in PDF, prepared by Isadore Rosenthal