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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.

  • The Currents in Current Events (Morning Class)

    The Currents in Current Events (Morning Class)

    Your weekly news magazine. We will examine the connections between events both near and far. We will seek history and context in order to be informed, knowing that knowledge is power and fights the despair of helplessness and hopelessness. We might even laugh as we remember Marx (Karl not Groucho) writing that History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Read More

  • Bagels on the Boardwalk: A Tour of Jewish Venice Beach with the Jewish Historical Society

    Bagels on the Boardwalk: A Tour of Jewish Venice Beach with the Jewish Historical Society

    This tour is sold out. Please look for more tours during the Fall term. On Independence Day, 1905, Abbott Kinney opened "Venice of America" as a resort on the Pacific for high-brow patrons of the arts and culture modeled after its Italian namesake. Ten years later, with its amusement piers and carnival atmosphere, the area became known as "Coney Island of the West." From the first High Holy Day services in 1914, Jews have been a part of the scene that makes Venice, California a place unlike any other. Join us for an end of summer half-day's walking tour with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California focusing on Jewish Venice’s past, present and future. We'll start with bagels, shmoozing and a special screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary Number Our Days with members of Jewish Family Service's Israel Levin Senior Center, then enjoy sunshine and cool summer breezes as we trace the area's colorful Jewish history. For those of you joining us Sunday, August 20, for this tour please note that we will meet promptly at 9:30 am for bagels and coffee at Israel Levin Senior Adult Center of Jewish Family Service 201 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291 Read More

  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber:  Knocking

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Knocking

    Our popular new documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Knocking. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! This film follows two Jehovah's Witnesses, one a Holocaust survivor, who stand firm in their controversial faith. Read More