Day Dates Time Room Fees Instructor
    Winter 2020
     Register early for all classes. 
     (Then you won't be disappointed if your class is full or canceled.)
    All classes are held at the Del Valle Education Center unless otherwise noted.
    Registration Starts  November 14 @ 8am

    The World's Five Great Religions - 10 Classes

    What are the main tenets of each of the five great world religions? What insights can modern man gain from each of these world views! Max Mueller, 19th-century philologist and orientalist said, "He who knows one religion knows none." Join me for an overview of the world's five great religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.  

    222030 T 1/7-3/10  1-2:30pm  Rm 114  Reg $100/Seniors $90 Hughell 
    "NEW" History of the Sephardim - 6 classes

    Origins theories of the Jews of Iberia; Jewish life in Roman, Germanic and Moorish Spain; outstanding personalities who shaped the Sephardic Golden Age: Ibn Shiprut, Maimonides, Ibn Ezra, Yehudah Halevi, Nachmanides, Abravenal; the Reconquista and the pogroms of 1391; “Marranos,” the Inquisition and the tragedy of 1492; Spanish exiles in Portugal, Xuetas ("Catholic Jews") of Majorca; speculation about Columbus's converso background; early Sephardi colonies in the New World and the Netherlands.

    *No class 2/14

    223032  F 1/10-2/21* 10-Noon  Rm 103  Reg $80/Seniors $72  Blady
    "NEW" Jewish Communities in Exotic Places - 9 classes

    These PowerPoint/DVD presentations deal with Mizrachi (Eastern, Oriental) Jewish communities around the world. These are Jewish communities, situated in remote places in Africa and Asia, whose mores and folkways were in many ways at great variance with those of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewry: Among the 20 communities covered: Tadjikis of Central Asia, Tat Mountain Jews of Daghistan; Samaritans of Nablus; Malibaris of Kerala, India; Krimchaks of Crimea; Judeo-Berbers of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

    *No class 2/14

     223034  F 1/10-3/13*  1-3pm  Rm 103  Reg $120/Seniors $108  Blady
    "NEW" My Son the Barber-Surgeon: Jews and Medicine - 3 classes

    Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud; demonology and the etiology of disease: pseudo-science of the Jews of early Ashkenaz; Moses Maimonides and holistic health; Padua, Italy and the formation of a Jewish medical brotherhood, Renaissance period; converso physicians and their contributions to medicine; science, medicine and Jewish culture in the early modern Europe; the role of the hakim (Jewish shaman) in Persian society ; the Chassidic rebbe as folk healer: Jewish luminaries in modern medical history.

     223036  F  2/28-3/13 10-Noon  Rm 103  Reg $40/Seniors $36  Blady
    Native Americans of the United States - 7 classes
    Learn about our Native American culture. This class will cover the regions of the: North East, South East, Plains, South West, California, West Coast, and Alaska. Discussions will include family groups, art/culture, ceremonies/ religion, food, land use, environment, homes, and the six language groups.
     222035 1/22-3/4  10-Noon  Rm 107  Reg $90/Seniors $81   Phelps
    Winter Holidays: 1/20, 2/14 & 2/17

    Del Valle Education Center, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek