Presented by Israeli American Council, hosted by CBS.

Since the days of King David, the Jewish people never had an artist like Naomi Shemer whose music was sung by so many and had such a vast and dramatic effect and influence on the Jewish and Israeli narrative.

Over 1,000 songs were written and composed by Shemer. Many of which tell the story of the State of Israel—from its birth through today, in happy times and sad. Her work is still very much ‘alive’ and cherished by all.  Naomi Shemer belongs to everyone, in the Jewish State and across the world.

Roy Rimshon, a self-confessed Naomi Shemer enthusiast, brings light and life to Shemer’s story. From her childhood in Kibbutz Kinneret through adolescence, from her musical education and early songs to becoming a living legend, Shemer’s life is a colorful narrative. Rimshon’s lectures combine well-known songs, videos and rare pictures, unfolding the life and work of this most influential and loved artist of the State of Israel.

Ticket prices:
Early Bird: $15 +1.78 fee (prior to May 23)
Day of: $18 +$1.93 fee (Day of)

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iac-talk-the-israeli-story-through-naomis-shemers-life-story-tickets-60793420758


Join us to hear from Lesley Sachs, Immediate Past Executive Director of Women of the Wall (WOW), Director of WOW’s Speakers Bureau, as she shares information about the organization’s efforts to ensure gender equality and religious pluralism in Israel. As a leading voice in Israel for women’s rights and religious pluralism. WOW’s supporters come from a wide range of religious observance with a singular goal of empowering and encouraging freedom of religious expression and gender equality in Israel. WOW advocates for social and legal recognition of the right for women to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah, collectively and aloud, at the Western Wall. While WOW’s visibility is advocating for freedom of women and girls to pray at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel, the organization’s work encompasses a wider vision of inclusion for Jewish women and girls of all denominations in Israel to live and pray safely and as they choose.


An introduction to the basic traditions and structure of Judaism. This class will be taught jointly by Ron DeChene, Rabbi Borodin, and Rabbi Rose

Is this class for you?

Are you — Jewish and feel like you need a strong refresher course, or haven’t learned much since Hebrew school, or feel like your kids are ahead of you?

Are you — not Jewish but married to someone Jewish, or know someone Jewish, or considering conversion?

If you answered YES in any way to the above, or you are interested in a serious introduction to Judaism, then this class is for you.

 

Class meets Tuesdays, Fall through Spring*
8:00pm
— fee includes 7:00pm Hebrew

Tuition is $500/member, $600/non-member
Take it with a partner for a discount!

*Living Judaism class begins September 25th and goes through  April 30th with a Celebration of Learning on May 21st.  Hebrew classes begin  October 9th.

Learn about the High Holidays on August 28th and September 4th.

For more information, please contact Heidi Piel at 206-524-0075 or use this Contact Form.

An application packet is available here.

The syllabus is available here.


An introduction to the basic traditions and structure of Judaism. This class will be taught jointly by Ron DeChene, Rabbi Borodin, and Rabbi Rose

Is this class for you?

Are you — Jewish and feel like you need a strong refresher course, or haven’t learned much since Hebrew school, or feel like your kids are ahead of you?

Are you — not Jewish but married to someone Jewish, or know someone Jewish, or considering conversion?

If you answered YES in any way to the above, or you are interested in a serious introduction to Judaism, then this class is for you.

 

Class meets Tuesdays, Fall through Spring*
8:00pm
— fee includes 7:00pm Hebrew

Tuition is $500/member, $600/non-member
Take it with a partner for a discount!

*Living Judaism class begins September 25th and goes through  April 30th with a Celebration of Learning on May 21st.  Hebrew classes begin  October 9th.

Learn about the High Holidays on August 28th and September 4th.

For more information, please contact Heidi Piel at 206-524-0075 or use this Contact Form.

An application packet is available here.

The syllabus is available here.


An introduction to the basic traditions and structure of Judaism. This class will be taught jointly by Ron DeChene, Rabbi Borodin, and Rabbi Rose

Is this class for you?

Are you — Jewish and feel like you need a strong refresher course, or haven’t learned much since Hebrew school, or feel like your kids are ahead of you?

Are you — not Jewish but married to someone Jewish, or know someone Jewish, or considering conversion?

If you answered YES in any way to the above, or you are interested in a serious introduction to Judaism, then this class is for you.

 

Class meets Tuesdays, Fall through Spring*
8:00pm
— fee includes 7:00pm Hebrew

Tuition is $500/member, $600/non-member
Take it with a partner for a discount!

*Living Judaism class begins September 25th and goes through  April 30th with a Celebration of Learning on May 21st.  Hebrew classes begin  October 9th.

Learn about the High Holidays on August 28th and September 4th.

For more information, please contact Heidi Piel at 206-524-0075 or use this Contact Form.

An application packet is available here.

The syllabus is available here.


Lomir lernen a bisl Yiddish tsuzamen!
with Marianne Tatom

Marianne is an enthusiastic Yiddishist and klezmer clarinetist, a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, and a 2018-2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center, headquartered in Amherst, MA. Her year-long Yiddish class, the first in Beth Shalom’s 50-year history, will use materials from the Yiddish Book Center’s new textbook, “In Eynem” (“As One”). Together, we will use the Yiddish language to socialize and converse with classmates, delve into texts for cultural and artistic insights, and draw on multimedia Yiddish sources from different time periods, geographical regions, and points on a wide-ranging religious and political spectrum. Students should familiarize themselves with the alef-beys before the first class (online guide available at https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/learn-yiddish-alphabet). For questions about the class, please contact Marianne Tatom.

Time: Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm

Dates: Class begins Sept 26 (25 sessions)

Cost*: $125/Member, $175/Non-member

The lower tuition for this class has been made possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Spots for this class are still open! To register, contact the Front Office at 206-524-0075 or by email.


with Beth Broadway

This course is designed for students who have already completed the previous level class or who already have mastered basic Hebrew vocabulary and the present and past tense verbs.  This level will begin with the future tense verbs and go on to deal with irregular verbs and active binyanim in modern Hebrew, all starting in chapter 7 of the Brandeis modern Hebrew book.  We will continue to use a few Israeli songs and children’s books to practice vocabulary and grammar.  We will also concentrate on increasing conversational skills.

Time: Tuesday nights, 8:00- 9:00pm

Dates:  Class begins Oct. 9 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member

To sign up, register below!


An introduction to the basic traditions and structure of Judaism. This class will be taught jointly by Ron DeChene, Rabbi Borodin, and Rabbi Rose

Is this class for you?

Are you — Jewish and feel like you need a strong refresher course, or haven’t learned much since Hebrew school, or feel like your kids are ahead of you?

Are you — not Jewish but married to someone Jewish, or know someone Jewish, or considering conversion?

If you answered YES in any way to the above, or you are interested in a serious introduction to Judaism, then this class is for you.

 

Class meets Tuesdays, Fall through Spring*
8:00pm
— fee includes 7:00pm Hebrew

Tuition is $500/member, $600/non-member
Take it with a partner for a discount!

*Living Judaism class begins September 25th and goes through  April 30th with a Celebration of Learning on May 21st.  Hebrew classes begin  October 9th.

Learn about the High Holidays on August 28th and September 4th.

For more information, please contact Heidi Piel at 206-524-0075 or use this Contact Form.

An application packet is available here.

The syllabus is available here.


with Talya McCurdy

This course is a first introduction to the Hebrew language that lays the foundation for future Hebrew learning by combining the skills of sight-reading with the building blocks to recognize how Hebrew works as a language and as part of our lives. Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm

Dates: Class Begins October 9 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member; $375/Non-member

To register, sign up below, or contact the Front Office.


with Sharon Greenberg

This class focuses on prayer Hebrew found in the Siddur. We will use the Siddur itself as our main textbook, building vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of structure and meaning of prayers.
Learn Hebrew, discuss theology and understand Biblical texts in the original.
Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm
Dates: Class begins Oct. 9 (25 sessions)
Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member
To register, sign up below, or contact the Front Office.

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