Classes from the JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning

Explore diverse facets of Jewish thought and experience through Intro to Judaism, Hebrew Reading crash courses, drop-in study groups, and a changing menu of topics in Jewish life, history, and thought. Our Jewish studies courses are offered in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

The faculty is composed of superb Jewish educators in our community. To reflect the diversity of our student population, JCC educators represent the major movements in Judaism: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. There are no examinations and no homework.

Financial assistance is available to attend these classes, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

How to Register

To register for a class, fill out a registration form or contact the Center for Jewish Life and Learning.

For more information, contact Jenessa Schwartz, Director of the JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning, at jenessa@svjcc.org or 408.357.7411.



CM = Full Center Member          SM = Social Member          NM = Non-member


One Man, Two Wives: Inside the Household of Our Forefathers
Thursday, April 24th from 7:00-8:30pm
The book of Genesis tells us that two of our three forefathers had more than one wife or concubine at the same time. Abraham faced the tension and animosity between Sarah and Hagar, and Jacob married sisters, Rachel and Leah. Discuss the challenges and drama resulting from a multiple-wives household by examining both the relevant biblical texts as well as rabbinic and modern commentaries on the subject. $8 CM/NM, $10 NM. Register at www.lehrhaus.org

Sacred Shapes: Jewish Yoga - coming soon!
This year-long program will combine yoga and Jewish spirituality. Participants attend a weekly yoga class with yoga poses related to Jewish seasonal themes, and an all-day yoga retreat every 3 months where we will learn yoga poses related to the themes of the Jewish year cycle, study Jewish texts that are relevant for yoga, and engage in meditation. Fee: $150 per year CM, $175 per year SM/NM. This program is funded through a generous grant from the Dorbrecht Foundation. More info: kellyg@svjcc.org

Ongoing, drop-in classes

Classic Jewish Texts
Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the fundamental works of Maimonides, Luzzato, and other classic commentators. No Hebrew necessary. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

DAY      DATES         TIME                                CM/SM/NM
Tue        ongoing       9:30am-11:00am         free

Hasidic Havurah
This class takes a look at some of the great works of past Hasidic teachers and strives toward deepening our contemporary Jewish spirituality. This class is for all abilities and levels. Instructor: Rabbi James Greene

DAY       DATES           TIME                                   CM/SM/NM
Tue       ongoing            10:30am-11:30am        free

Rambam Roundtable
Maimonides (Rambam), the 12th century Jewish scholar, wrote the Guide of the Perplexed as a three-volume letter to his student. The Guide is a classic work of Jewish Philosophy, written in coded and intentionally deceptive language. Studying the Guide is a mystery and a pleasure. Join Rabbi James as we journey through the Guide of the Perplexed together. Sections will be short to allow for full discussion. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

DAY      DATES        TIME                                  CM/SM/NM
Wed     ongoing      11:00am-12:00pm        free

Secrets of the Rabbis
Meaningful and quirky lessons from Rabbinic literature that can really add dimension to our own lives. Each class will leave you with discussion topics for your dinner table. Taught by Rabbi Leslie Alexander of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. No experience necessary.  Just come and learn! This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. BEGINS OCTOBER 10TH.

DAY      DATES         TIME                                  CM/SM/NM
Thu       ongoing      9:00am-10:00am             free   

Classes at Other Locations

Torah Study -- at Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose
This engaging class with the JCC’s Rabbi James Greene, keeps us full of life through the words of the Torah. All abilities, ages, and levels are welcome - you do not need to be a resident of Chai House. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

DAY       DATES         TIME                         CM/SM/NM
Mon       ongoing       3:30-4:30pm         free

Programs Offered in Russian

Come join Rabbi Ilana Baird, a new resident of Silicon Valley, for events and classes offered in Russian. Rabbi Baird has served communities in Russia, Germany, Israel and the United States. She founded a liberal synagogue in Haifa and is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Israeli Rabbinical Seminary program. For more information call the JCC's Center for Jewish Life & Learning at 408.357.7411.

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