Are you interested in exploring Jewish texts, cultures, history, rituals, and more? Looking to connect with other curious learners?
Central’s classes bring intriguing topics and engaging instructors together to help you connect more deeply to Jewish experience and your own identity. Some classes require registration, while others are drop-in.
In addition to original curricula, Central offers a selection of courses developed by the Florence Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning. Its well-rounded and sophisticated approach provides a comprehensive exploration of Jewish thought, practice, ethics, and history. Melton classes are designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice—there is no Hebrew knowledge required.
Please note, most of our offerings are currently virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice.
Looking for one-off programs and events? Check out our programs and events page here.
Talmudic Stories with Joe Septimus
Mondays, March 21–May 23, 2022, 6:00–7:00 pm
Join educator Joe Septimus as he continues his look at the Talmud. The Talmud is a complex treasure trove of stories, and not just the dry legal document it is often portrayed as.
Counting the Omer with Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Mondays, April 25–June 2, 2022, 3:00–4:15 pm
How do we find the Divine wisdom that is uniquely in every thing, every person, every day, every hour? This year during the Counting of the Omer, join us for a spiritual treasure hunt guided by the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
Awareness in Action: Cultivating Character through Mindfulness and Middot
Begins Friday, April 8, 2022
During this course, you’ll learn how to access and practice eight core character traits (middot), ranging from loving connection to mindful speech. The program will run for nine weeks, covering the seven weeks of the period known as the Omer, plus two additional bonus weeks.
These classes are held via Zoom. For more information contact [email protected].
Bible and Bagels
Led by Rabbi Sarah Berman
Wednesdays: 8:15–9:15 am, via Zoom
Join us as we continue our journey through the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible); we are currently reading Isaiah.
Torah Study With Central Clergy
Led by Rabbi Mo Salth
Wednesdays: 12:00–1:15 pm, via Zoom
Explore the weekly Torah portion from ancient and modern perspectives.
Samuel I and II
Led by Cantor Suzanne Skloot
Wednesdays: 1:30–2:30 pm, via Zoom
Dive into the text of Samuel I and II. Together we will look at and compare the translations of the Jewish Publication Society and the more recent translation by UC Berkeley Professor Robert Alter, and learn why Alter believes that the character of David is the finest portrayal of a human life from antiquity.
Alper Talmud Study
Led by Dr. Rachel Rosenthal and others
Fridays: 8:15–9:15 am, via Zoom
Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Talmud.
Rabbi, Director of Adult Education
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Program Manager for Adult Education and Social Justice
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