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SaturdaySat, 13 JulJuly, 2024

 
 
Summer Speaker - Sephardic Jews: Experiencing a New Golden Age in America with Larry Bensignor

Shabbat, Jul 13th 10:45a to 11:15aSephardic Jews trace their roots back to the Golden Age of Judaism, on the Iberian Peninsula, before 1492. Today, the American Sephardic community is strong and vibrant. Join us 522 years after the Expulsion, to the month, when Sephardi and congregational member Larry Bensignor describes his family's heritage and legacy, the century-old Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America and the organization's recently adopted strategic plan for the future.

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TuesdayTue, 16 JulJuly, 2024

 
 
Summer Beit Midrash -Wait a Minute…God Isn’t Perfect? with Rabbi Michael Safra

Tuesday, Jul 16th 7:30p to 9:00pWhile the claim that God is not perfect seems contrary to what Jews are “supposed” to believe, notions of an imperfect God are deeply embedded into biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts. The idea that God is perfect and immutable is founded mostly in the philosophical treatises of the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries; these texts are important, but they do not represent the totality of normative Jewish theology. Might the conception of an Imperfect God help us to better relate to God and the commandments? If we understood that even God was capable of mistakes, might we become more forgiving of our own misdeeds (and those of the people we love)?

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SaturdaySat, 20 JulJuly, 2024

 
 
Summer Speaker - Reflections and Insights From Three Years of Shlichut with Hagai Dagan-Schlachter

Shabbat, Jul 20th 10:45a to 11:15aFrom his tenure as the Senior Shaliach at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Hagai will present the project's vision and trace its evolution from the onset of Covid to October 7th. He will offer reflections and insights on this journey, highlighting both challenges faced and opportunities seized.

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MondayMon, 22 JulJuly, 2024

 
 
Summer Reading Club: The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar

Monday, Jul 22nd 10:00a to 11:00aTake advantage of this opportunity to spend time preparing for the High Holiday season by reading Ruby Namdar’s award-winning novel, The Ruined House. Read about the escapades of one Andrew P. Cohen, interspersed with visions from scenes of the ancient Temple rituals of Yom Kippur. Life in New York City is juxtaposed with pages that mirror a classical page of Talmud, complete with narrative, law, and commentary.

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SaturdaySat, 27 JulJuly, 2024

 
 
Summer Speaker - I Lost My Parents but Found Them, and More, in a Year (Plus) of Daily Minyan with Diane Saltzman

Shabbat, Jul 27th 10:45a to 11:15aIn a ten-month period, Diane experienced the loss of her stepmother, father, and mother. She’ll share how attending B’nai Israel’s daily minyan provided an unexpected anchor, a new community, and helped her adjust to her new reality.

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TuesdayTue, 30 JulJuly, 2024

 
 
Summer Beit Midrash - How to Bridge the Divide with Rabbi Cheryl Stone

Tuesday, Jul 30th 7:30p to 9:00pIn Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Yossi Klein Halevi reaches across the seemingly infinite gulf between two peoples, writing as an Israeli to an imagined Palestinian neighbor. Halevi also invites those neighbors and others to respond. Right now, we are in such a time of immense pain and a universe of complex emotion. Halevi’s book can serve as a model for us to process some of what we are experiencing and desire to express. Come explore excerpts of his letters as well the responses and look at how to craft either our own letter to our neighbor, real or imagined or our response to Halevi’s attempt to bridge the divide.

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SaturdaySat, 3 AugAugust, 2024

 
 
Summer Speaker - The Legal Battle Against Campus Anti-Semitism with Denise Katz-Prober

Shabbat, Aug 3rd 10:45a to 11:15aMs. Katz-Prober will discuss the work of the Louis D. Brandeis Center For Human Rights Under Law—a national non-profit legal advocacy organization—to combat anti-Semitism in higher education and k-12 schools and to protect the rights of Jewish and Israeli students.

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MondayMon, 12 AugAugust, 2024

 
 
Summer Reading Club: The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar

Monday, Aug 12th 10:00a to 11:00aTake advantage of this opportunity to spend time preparing for the High Holiday season by reading Ruby Namdar’s award-winning novel, The Ruined House. Read about the escapades of one Andrew P. Cohen, interspersed with visions from scenes of the ancient Temple rituals of Yom Kippur. Life in New York City is juxtaposed with pages that mirror a classical page of Talmud, complete with narrative, law, and commentary.

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