Northern California teaching Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan leads ‘Beyond Gender’ Feburary 12 in San Francisco – Do character and virtue transcend the body?

Northern California popular teaching Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, of Lehrhaus Judaica, leads ‘Beyond Gender, Sex, and Race: The Development of Character and Virtue in Rambam’s Eight Chapters’ this Saturday in San Francisco.

Wolf-Prusan will explore the eight chapters of Maimonides on ethics, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, located at 290 Dolores Street at 16th Street.

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Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

“Maimonides answers the question of our time: Does character and virtue transcend the body?” detailed Sha’ar Zahav in a written statement.

“What is the mind-body connection in rabbinic Judaism?

“Can we reach each other, overcoming differences in gender and sexual identity, through the teachings of a 12th century wandering Jew?”

Wolf-Prusan teaches classical texts in such Lehrhaus programs as Bible by the Bay, Learning and Leadership (for Federation lay leaders meeting in private homes), and other venues. He works in the areas of museum partnership, émigré education, and parallel learning for day school parents, weekend retreats, and family tours to Israel. In addition, the national Covenant Award winner assists the institution with fundraising and strategic planning.

After volunteering in Israel 1973-1974, Peretz came to the Bay Area to teach art at UAHC Camp Swig and study at the San Francisco Art Institute. He taught Jewish folklore and Hebrew calligraphy when Lehrhaus began 35 years ago!

Following a decade of creating Ketubot, printmaking, working in informal education, he, along with Becki and one-year-old Leora, traveled back to Israel in 1985 to learn at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and became a rabbi in 1990 (best of all, along the way, added Avital and Noah to the family). He is the only graduate of HUC-JIR with an undergraduate degree in Experimental Art.

At Emanu-El, he was commissioned to spearhead the revitalization of the Congregation’s education program. He developed a nationally recognized family education program currently serving over 600 students and their families and directed the Tauber Jewish Studies Program, a program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning.

Peretz has continued his learning at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and with the Consortium for Jewish Family Education.

He and Becki live in San Francisco where she is an Academic Counselor at City College of San Francisco, serving CalWORKs students.

Refreshments will be served at the event which will conclude with Havdallah.

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