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Bible engraving of David and Jonathan, by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1860)

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.

7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 and June 26 at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. $20 for both sessions. RSVP to [email protected].


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.


“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.


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.

“Meditation, Movement & Mah Jongg.” Women’s weekend Shabbat retreat. Led by Julie Emden of Jewish LearningWorks and Rabbi Leslie Alexander of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. At Land of the Medicine Buddha, 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel. $275. RSVP to [email protected].


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.