SPEAKER: Dr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is an author and an expert in the fields of Jews and American politics, American Zionism and California Jews. A past president of both the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and Brandeis Hillel Day School, Marc serves as academic vice president of Lehrhaus Judaica as well as trustee of URJ Camp Newman and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. He sits on the California advisory committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, was named 2008 Volunteer of the Year by the SF Jewish Community Federation, and was awarded the San Francisco JCRC’s 2015 Courageous Leader award for his work against the BDS movement. 

TOPIC: Jews and Politics. American Jews vote more liberal and Democratic than any other white ethnic group in the United States. Yet, several distinct subgroups within American Jewish life embrace conservatism and the Republican party, including the overwhelming majority of Orthodox Jews. If you’re ready for a partisan political fight full of name-calling and competing claims of which politician is “better for the Jews”…. you won’t find it here!  Instead, join us for an evening that will challenge, complicate, undo, and then perhaps redo whatever you thought was true about American Jews and the larger political scene.  It’ll be provocative, challenging, and, if it’s a really good night, lots of fun too.

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Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences.

The $36 materials fee gives class participants unlimited access to the iEngage program portal through the Shalom Hartman Institute.

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This is only a handful of our Adult Education programs offered at TBY. To learn more or suggest a program, email Adult Ed Chair Ellen Phillips by CLICKING HERE


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Each time we study Torah, we find something new in its verses... and in ourselves. Each week, led by Rabbi Zylberman or Rabbi Gevurtz, an enthusiastic group examines the parashat hashavuah (weekly Torah portion) and discusses its meaning and relevance through the use of traditional commentaries, personal reflection, and lively debate. This Torah study is for everyone — no previous background or knowledge of Hebrew is required! Come one time — or every week! Join us, as we discover and re-discover the timeless teachings in our Torah.

When JCAL is in session, join Rabbi Zylberman for different discussions about Judaism, Israel, and life in general. This is open to everyone, not just JCAL parents. Check your weekly eScribe to see the week's topics or if you have one you would like to discuss, join us!

TBY Book Club gives us the opportunity to dive deep into the works of Jewish novelists, historians, and poets that reveal the nefesh - soul behind Jewish life. Click on the image above to see the selections for 5779. 

ADULT ED MAKES OUR WORLD SO MUCH BIGGER...

is an organic "open forum" with Rabbi Zylberman and or Cantor Grant that provides an opportunity to connect with fellow congregants in a small group setting. These pop-up gatherings of less than 25 people can be hosted by anyone, anywhere, attended by anyone, with any topic you choose!

Our courses teach how to read the Hebrew prayers for a Friday Evening Shabbat service and follow it in the "Custom of the Place" of Temple Bat Yahm. The Beginners course consists of learning to read Hebrew - how to recognize Hebrew letters and make their sounds, how to add vowels to make syllables, and finally how to read the words of the prayers.

The Intermediate course teaches the rich meaning of the prayers, the rubric of prayer, and the various sections of the Shabbat service. 

Classes will resume in November and are open to new and returning students. Stay tuned for announcements on meeting places and updated schedules. Please email the teacher, David Zarnow for placement evaluation or if you have a group of six or more of committed students for a new class.

Temple Bat Yahm has a variety of life-enriching programs to encourage the desire for study and adult Jewish learning. TBY strives to create relevant, engaging and dynamic opportunities for adult learners of all ages, working with clergy and professional staff to develop a thoughtful, varied program of courses, lectures and events that are offered throughout the year. To RSVP for an event, scroll down.