Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Mondays, January 25 - April 5, 2021
(no class 3/29)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Pacific via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Leslie Alexander



Rabbi Hugh Seid-ValenciaRabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia is the Community Engagement Director of the Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley. He previously served as Jewish Community Liaison for VITAS Healthcare and, prior to that, spent ten years teaching Jewish Studies at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, where he served most recently as Director of Israel and Jewish Studies Curricula. After studying at Deep Springs College, he earned a B.A. with Highest Honors in English Literature from UC Berkeley and received his rabbinical training from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has completed both the Rabbinic Leadership Training Program and the Tikkun Middot Training Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. He teaches and lectures on topics ranging from parenting, Jewish meditation, Jewish perspectives on the afterlife, ethical dilemmas in extending life, and reading and writing ethical wills.

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Los Gatos - The Addison-Penzak JCC logoAddison-Penzak JCC
14855 Oka Road, Suite 201
Los Gatos, CA 95032

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