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Torah in a New Light

The Beginning of Jewish Ideas

Five Sessions: Fridays, October 25, November 8, 22, and December 6, 20 · 10:00-11:30 am · Members $65 series, $15 per class/Public $80 series, $18 per class

Through an examination of selected Torah texts, we will discover the origin of the ideas that shaped, and still shape, 2500 years of Jewish life. Rather than focus on a religious interpretation of Torah, our approach will based on the belief that understanding the origin and evolution of Jewish ideas can help us interpret their meaning and relevance in our time.

Learners of all faiths, backgrounds, and perspectives are welcome. All you need bring is your curiosity. For those experienced with Jewish learning, this course’s focus on text should provide a deeper investigation into some of these familiar texts.


  • Creation as Master Story
  • Noah and the Redefinition of God
  • Abraham and the Beginning of Covenant


  • Slavery and Freedom
  • Covenant, Community, and Law

To register, use the link below, visit the Welcome Center, or call 650.378.2703

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Mark Your Calendars for Parts II and III:

The Ideas of the Torah II

Three Sesssions: Fridays, January 10 & 24, February 7 · 10:00-11:30 am · Members $39 series, $15 per class/Public $48 series, $18 per class


  • The Intersection of Ethics and Ritual


  • Covenant, Leadership and Politics


  • Land and the Ethics of Power

The Ideas of the Torah III

Four Sessions: Fridays, February 21, March 6, 20, & April 3 · 10:00-11:30 am · Members $52 series, $15 per class/Public $65 series, $18 per class

Joshua and Judges:

  • Conquest and the Failure of Leadership

Samuel 1 & 2, Kings 1 & 2

  • Rise and Fall of Monarchies

Kings 1 & 2, Isaiah, Jeremiah:

  • Kings, Priests and Prophets

Ezra and Nehemiah:

  • Catastrophe and Response

The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity, and community. This initiative is co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.