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Upcoming B’nai Jacob Events

B’nai Jacob Ongoing Classes

Zohar: Kabbalah, Part 2 – Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Monday nights, 7:30 pm to 9 pm – April 24; May 1

We will delve into this amazing, wild, and mysterious book and gain an understanding of the imaginative life of the kabbalists and the possibilities for our own connection to God.  No experience necessary.  Free to B’nai Jacob members/$100 nonmembers.


April 8, Shabbat, following Kiddush – Mellila Hellner-Eshed, Ph.D., Professor of Zohar in Jewish Studies at Hebrew University; researcher at Hartman Institute, Jerusalem

Leaving Egypt, On Being Born, Yetziat Mitzrayim.  An expert on Jewish spirituality, and a central figure in the Israeli renaissance of the study of Jewish texts, Dr. Hellner-Eshed will teach us about the Exodus as seen through the Jewish mystical tradition.  Come and learn about Passover from an entirely new perspective.

B’nai Jacob Special Events

Celebrate Tzvi April 29

Please join us for a very special Shabbat morning, April 29th, to celebrate and honor Tzvi Rapaport.  This Spring, Tzvi will retire as the Education Director of our religious school.  Let us say ‘Shalom’ to Tzvi with all the ruach and joy that he has brought to the children of B’nai Jacob for so many years.

9:45am – Shabbat Service

10:30am – Children’s Programs

12:00pm – Kiddush Lunch & Celebration in Tzvi’s honor

Honor Tzvi!

Please consider making a donation to B’nai Jacob in honor of Tzvi’s Legacy & Commitment to Jewish Education.  Your contribution will be recognized in a special Tribute Book for Tzvi.  The Tribute Book is a way you can honor Tzvi and help ensure Jewish education at B’nai Jacob for the future.  Learn more about the Tribute book and donation levels!  Tribute Book contributions must be received by April 2, 2017.  DON’T MISS THIS DEADLINE!!

Leonard Cohen:  A Jewish Bard

Saturday, April 29, 5 pm – Cantor Malachi Kanfer and Dr. Barry Zaret

Malachi Kanfer and Barry Zaret will reflect together on the meaning of Cohen’s work.  We will gather over a light Sabbath meal to enjoy music and poetry as Shabbat draws to a close.

Sunday Morning Adult Ed Speaker

Sunday, April 30th at 10:00am – Michael Berkowitz, PhD, Professor, Modern Jewish History, University College London

American Jews and Moviemaking During the Second World War – Despite the flurry of books and articles on Hollywood Jews, one of the most fascinating parts of their legacy is waiting to be told.  Using film clips, Berkowitz will take us on a tour of movies of the 1940s, demonstrating how Hollywood Jews played an exaggerated role in shaping America’s understanding of events unfolding in Europe.  These Jews changed the form and content of feature films forever.

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