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Homosexuality in the Scriptures
“The Myth of Biblical Homophobia” is a two-session class that will explore how biblical text often is used to condemn LGBTQ people and those who love them. But what does the Hebrew Bible really say about same-sex
relations? Was the friendship of David and Jonathan (above), recorded in the Books of Samuel, romantic or sexual love, and does that even matter? Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, an East Bay–based educator, will lead the discussion.
East Bay LGBT Shabbat. Renewal service co-sponsored by Aquarian Minyan, Chochmat HaLev and Kehilla Community Synagogue. 6:30 p.m. veggie/fish potluck; 7:30 p.m. service. At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. http://www.chochmat.org.
“Avodat Lev: Service of the Heart.” Musical Shabbat morning service without Torah. Includes movement, contemplative time on the farm. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 10 a.m. Free with advance registration. http://www.urbanadamah.org.
Community Pride Shabbat. Spiritual leaders from Congregation Beth David, Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai and Addison-Penzak JCC co-lead service with members of LGBT Jewish community. At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.beth-david.org.
Havdallah bonfire. Popcorn, chai and a dance party presented by Urban Adamah and East Bay Moishe House. At Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free in advance; $5 at the door. http://www.urbanadamah.org.
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