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A free class introducing people to wine, winemaking and imbibing in biblical times can be taken from the comfort of one’s own home — presumably with a fermented beverage in one hand and a computer mouse in the other.

Berkeley-based Lehrhaus Judaica is offering “The Wisdom in the Wine: Making it, using it (and abusing it) in the Biblical world” as an online course from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on June 2. People can participate live or watch the recording online at a later date.

Through texts and other material, the course will examine not only winemaking and fermented beverages in ancient times, but also “the actual drinking of wine in biblical times, or the excess thereof,” said instructor Jehon Grist.

Grist, executive director of Lehrhaus Judaica, said Lehrhaus’ online classes are getting more and more popular.

“We have folks from New Zealand, Massachusetts, North Carolina — they can all participate and see everything we are doing,” he said. “We are quite literally on the same page.”

Lehrhaus currently is offering seven online classes, with more on tap for the summer, Grist said. For the wine course, pre-registration by Thursday, May 29, is required. For additional information, visit or call (510) 845-6420.


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