Jewishing: Doing & Being Jewish (JINT04ES14)
With JCCSF Chief Jewish Officer Rachel Brodie and Rabbi Batshir Torchio
(Previously listed as “Introduction to Judaism”)
What is quintessentially Jewish? The Passover Seder? Actually: modeled on an ancient Greek banquet. The intricate layout of a page of Talmud? Actually: a joint creation of rabbis and Jewish scholars working with Italian Catholic printers under the direction of a Dutch Protestant publisher. To say nothing of the bastard origins of the bagel….
Join fellow travelers and guides, JCCSF Chief Jewish Officer Rachel Brodie and the JCCSF’s Senior Educator, Rabbi Batshir Torchio, on a wandering journey through Jewish history and culture. We will be “Jewishing,” exploring Judaism not as a monolith of static concepts and practices but as a dynamic system of choices and questions. Listen and talk, read and write, sing and eat your way into questions of Jewish identity, seeing through a Jewish lens, and living among Jews in the Bay Area in the twenty-first century.
Whether you are Jewishly literate or beginning your exploration, if you're interested in learning more about your Jewish heritage, if you are coupled with or parented by someone who is Jewish, if you are thinking about conversion, or if you are just plain curious, we hope that you will consider joining the conversation.
Each trimester includes seven two-hour classes and one self-guided field trip.
About the instructors:
Rachel Brodie is the JCCSF’s CJO (Chief Jewish Officer). Rachel was a cofounder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones. She spent a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator's Fellowship and holds an MA in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Rabbi Batshir Torchio is the JCCSF’s Senior Educator. Recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2008, Batshir has taught Judaic Studies at the Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco for the past nine years. She was ordained as a rabbi by the Academy for Jewish Religion (California) in 2013.
Wednesday, Apr 02 - Wednesday, May 21
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Member fee: $ 100.00
Non-member fee: $ 125.00