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Jewish Studies

The Program of Jewish Studies is generously sponsored by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary.
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Our Jewish Studies classes inspire learners from all knowledge levels and backgrounds looking to add meaning and purpose to their everyday lives. We offer classes with master teachers to help you gain a better understanding of ancient texts or today’s headlines, with classes in Torah and Talmud, Jewish Film and History, Archaeology and current events. Join our community of learners to connect with our tradition and learn how it relates to us today.

  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber, with Special Appearance by Filmmaker Joel Engardio:  Knocking

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber, with Special Appearance by Filmmaker Joel Engardio: Knocking

    Our popular new documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Knocking--a film by prize-winning San Francisco Examiner columnist and community activist, Joel Engardio. The film follows two Jehovah's Witness families who stand firm in their controversial faith. Joseph Kempler was born a Polish Jew, but after his time in a concentration camp, he became a Jehovah's Witness. Seth Thomas, a Jehovah's Witness who lives in Dallas, has a genetic disorder that has ravaged his liver, and at age 23, he requires a transplant to survive, which his faith cannot allow. The film was previously shown on the PBS series, Independent Lens. We are delighted to host Joel Engardio after the screening, who will fill us in on what has occurred since the film was originally aired. Read More

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