Ongoing Classes


Talmud Study 

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. | Free
The group studies sections of the Talmud, with an eye towards understanding both the original intent of the Rabbi’s and how the teachings may apply to modern life. No knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is required nor any previous experience with Talmud study. Contact Ron Brown at

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Prayers Unfolded: The Shabbat Morning Service – with Steve Schiff
Come study the Shabbat morning prayer service — its history and overall organization, with a focus on specific prayers, as well as different attitudes and approaches to praying. The class will be participatory and accessible to new learners; no Hebrew required. Taught by Steve Schiff. (No class June 5)

Prayerbook Hebrew                                                                                                                                           12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. | $100 for community members, free for CKS members The course is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by studying the Siddur סידור (prayer book) in its original authentic language. Learn to translate and form commentaries based on the root of the Hebrew words for the purpose of gaining a deep understanding and meaning from the text. The Hebrew with Tikva™ method helps students comprehend prayer book text from its classical Hebrew source. Students will learn root words and their various applications; gain a deeper understanding of Prayer book Hebrew; differentiate the literal meaning form the deeper hidden meaning; participate in discussions to meaningfully deepen your experience of life and Judaism; and improve Hebrew reading skills. Led by Tikva Farber.



Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Chai

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. | Free

Every Thursday (some exceptions for holidays)
Mystics, rationalist, comedians and philosophers of all ages are invited to join this stimulating text study group. Work your way through the Tanakh with an energetic group. Please bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch. (Last class with Rabbi Chai is May 31st.  Class resumes July 5th with Rabbi Leider)

Philosophy of Judaism

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. | Free

1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month
This thoughtful group of like-minded individuals loves to read and discuss books on Jewish philosophical thought. Everyone is welcome to drop in and join the lively discussions and meet other like-minded people. Newcomers are most welcome to join this energetic bunch of mystics, rationalists, comedians, and philosophers of all ages who bring a unique perspective to text study! The group works its way through the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. We explores the repentance of Jonah, the kindness of Ruth, the romance of the Song of Songs, and more. Please bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch.


Intermediate Modern Conversational Hebrew

12:00 p.m. at Lerman Law in San Rafael

Taught by Tikva Farber, the Modern Hebrew course is intended to develop verbal communication skills in the spoken modern Hebrew language.  Infused with Israeli culture, a variety of methods and modalities are used to reach the goal of speaking Hebrew as it is spoken in Modern Israel.  Prerequisite: Beginning Conversational Hebrew course of equivalent understanding of reading and writing in Hebrew.  Learn more & register at

Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings.