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Congregation B’nai Jacob Adult Education Spring 2019

Community Event

Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum is the founder of ZION:  An Eretz Israeli Congregation in Jerusalem; and co-founder of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis at the Hartman Institute and HaMidrasha at Oranim.

Friday night, April 5th at Westville Synagogue

6:15pm Mincha

6:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat

7:20pm Shabbat Dinner

8:15pm Speaker, followed by dessert

Rebels of Hope:  The Language of Spiritual Activism

Dinner $15 per person or $54 per family

RSVP 203.389.9513 by March 28thoffice@westvilleshul.org

Saturday, April 6th at BEKI

9:15am Services, followed by Kiddush lunch

1:00pm – A new light from Zion:  A Vision of Zion and Zionism for Our Time

Sunday, April 7th at Congregation B’nai Jacob

9:00am Services

9:30am Breakfast

10:00am – Pirkei Avot: An Ancient Spiritual Guide for the Journey of Life

All events are free and open to the public (except for dinner on Friday night).  Members of each congregation are invited and encouraged to attend events at one another’s synagogues to make this a real community event.  Elm City Kallah is made possible by a generous grant from the Women of Vision Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, the James M. Shure Educational Fund, and from Dr. Marilyn Katz in memory of Dr. Mark Schwartz z”l.

Bringing the New Haven Jewish Community Together!

Ongoing Classes

Reading the Talmud

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Monday evenings 7:30 pm – April 1, 8, 15

The Babylonian Talmud, in many ways more so than the Bible, is the core text of the Jewish people and yet it is unknown to many of us.  We will explore some of its breadth and depth, looking at both stories (aggadah) and law (halacha) as we work to gain insight into the rabbinic project and its meaning for us.  No knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is required.

The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

Group Discussion, Saturdays 1 pm – April 13

Amichai is Israel’s poet laureate.  He, more than any other poet, captures the paradoxes of faith and love and “Israeliness” in familiar language and bold simile.  We will take two Shabbat afternoons to explore a poem or two each time.  Poems will be sent out to participants ahead of time, so registration is necessary.

Learning and Prayer

Bread & Torah

EVERY Shabbat Morning Before Services, 9:00 – 9:45am

Rabbi Shapiro explores the weekly Torah portion and how its story relates to our own.  This year we will explore the Book of Jonah and the Five Megillot.  Lively discussion over bagels and coffee.  No experience necessary.

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