Inaugural Jewish 101 series gets under way

The Kitchen, an indie Jewish community in San Francisco, has launched “Jewish 101,” a weekly study course that will run for 17 sessions through June 3.

The series kicked off Feb. 13 with Rabbi Noa Kushner, founding rabbi of the Kitchen, speaking about Shabbat.

Rabbi Noa Kushner

The series includes guest scholars such as Jeremy Ben Ami, the president of J Street; Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco; Daniel Sokatch, the CEO of the New Israel Fund; Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, the vice president of American Jewish University and chair of its Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies; and Deborah Newbrun, the Bay Area director of Hazon.

The study course is billed as an introduction to key Jewish questions, practice and ideas.

All courses will be held from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the Rosenberg Foundation conference room, 131 Steuart St., S.F. Cost is $180 for nonmembers of the Kitchen. For information, visit or email program director Eliza Stave at [email protected]