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New Lehrhaus

Inspired by Franz Rosenzweig’s “Free Jewish Lehrhaus,” established in Frankfurt in 1920, New Lehrhaus is the modern-day hub for adult Jewish learning in the Bay Area.

  • Jewish Life
Fred Rosenbaum teaching

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New Lehrhaus is the Bay Area’s non-denominational adult Jewish learning institution dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry, contemporary relevance, and cultural and religious pluralism. They are dedicated to bringing students and teachers together in dialogue to explore Jewish sources, traditions, and arts, sustaining and enriching the vibrant spirit of Jewish civilization.

Here’s are just a few of their program offerings for fall 2021:

  • Inaugural Lecture: A Revolution in Jewish Life and Learning – Lehrhaus Then and Now: Fred Rosenbaum
  • The Bible Now: Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible: Robert Alter and Ron Hendel
  • Two Traditions, One Home: Dawn Kepler
  • Cultural Memory: Ladino Music and Poetry: Rivka Amado
  • Inspired by Light, Driven by Fire: Hanukkah Arts Workshop (Adults & Kids 10+): Adina Polen
  • Jews of Color – Inside and Out: Lessons from the New Jews of Color Study: Bruce D. Haynes and Bruce Phillips
  • Hebrew – Multiple Levels: Jehon Grist, Orna Morad; Yiddish from Scratch: Ken Blady

Visit to see their ever-expanding offering of programs, classes, lectures and workshops.

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