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ThursdayThu, 28 OctOctober, 2021

 
 
Introduction to Judaism

Thursday, Oct 28th 7:30p to 9:00pA multi-denominational journey into the heart of Judaism taught by seven Metro DC-area rabbis representing the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements. No matter your background, the Miller Intro to Judaism Program, developed by American Jewish University, is here to guide you on your Jewish journey. Whether you’re soul-searching or seeking your community, the Intro Program will walk you through Judaism’s big ideas and the nuts and bolts of daily Jewish living.

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ThursdayThu, 28 OctOctober, 2021

 
 
Being a Jew: By Conversion or By Birth with Rabbi Michael Safra

Thursday, Oct 28th 7:30p to 9:00pWhat does it mean to be born as a Jewish person? What does it mean to become a Jew by joining the Jewish people through conversion? How have the Jewish people demonstrated their commitments to their Jewish identity, and what happens when other aspects present a conflict? Rabbi Safra will facilitate a conversation about how these questions might be answered today, and what they have meant for the Jewish people for millennia.

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SundaySun, 31 OctOctober, 2021

 
 
Did the Exodus Happen? History, Memory and Theology Presented by Benjamin Sommer

Sunday, Oct 31st 4:00p to 5:30pMany voices in recent decades have claimed that the story of the exodus is a fiction and that the events it portrays did not in fact occur. In the popular press and other media, one often hears the claim that archaeological evidence disproves the exodus story. In this lecture Professor Sommer will address these questions.

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MondayMon, 1 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
The Torah & Beyond: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer

Monday, Nov 1st 12:30p to 1:30p This season will be especially meaningful as we complete our study of the Book of Deuteronomy, the last section of the Torah.

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TuesdayTue, 2 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Talmud on Tuesdays with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz

Tuesday, Nov 2nd 12:30p to 1:30pA new year and a new tractate of Talmud! Join us to study Tractate Berakhot which includes a comprehensive discussion of the Shema and Amidah, the essential components of the prayer service.

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TuesdayTue, 2 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
“Did Not One God Create Us All?!” Biblical Views of the Other with Rabbi Michael Safra

Tuesday, Nov 2nd 7:30p to 9:00pThis course uses the biblical text to explore ancient views of non-Israelite peoples and religions. We will examine of the Torah’s attitudes towards assimilation, intermarriage, and the place of non-Jews to reflect on the appropriate balance between Judaism’s tribalist and universalist tendencies.

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WednesdayWed, 3 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Drop-in Hebrew Prayer Reading

Wednesday, Nov 3rd 3:00p to 3:30pPractice your Hebrew reading of prayer and text with our Shlicha Netta Asner-Minster. This is designed for those who want to strengthen their Hebrew reading and familiarity with prayers. Recommended to bring and use the Sim Shalom prayerbook for Shabbat and Festivals.

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ThursdayThu, 4 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Introduction to Judaism

Thursday, Nov 4th 7:30p to 9:00pA multi-denominational journey into the heart of Judaism taught by seven Metro DC-area rabbis representing the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements. No matter your background, the Miller Intro to Judaism Program, developed by American Jewish University, is here to guide you on your Jewish journey. Whether you’re soul-searching or seeking your community, the Intro Program will walk you through Judaism’s big ideas and the nuts and bolts of daily Jewish living.

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ThursdayThu, 4 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
The Jewish Diaspora: Scattered Among the Peoples with Fred Jacobs & Ira Lieberman

Thursday, Nov 4th 7:30p to 9:00pThe Jewish people are no strangers to exile. This course will explore key moments in the history of the Jewish diaspora, beginning with the Jews of Sepharad in 1492.

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SaturdaySat, 6 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Shabbat, Nov 6th 9:00a to 10:00aJoin us on selected Saturday mornings for discussions about the weekly Torah parsha. Interested in leading a session? Contact Wendy Fanaroff (wfanaroff@gmail.com).

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SundaySun, 7 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
The Music of Our People

Sunday, Nov 7th 10:00a to 11:30aThe music may be old, but the artists are new! Come here these new renditions of classic Jewish music, collected by the Milken Archive and presented by Cantor Josh.

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MondayMon, 8 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Our Adult Children: A Two-Part Series with Roberta Drucker, JSSA Synagogue Liaison

Monday, Nov 8th 7:30p to 9:00pBeing the parent of an adult child is no easy task! What is worth holding on to, and to what do we let go? How do we have these difficult conversations with our adult children in a way that is productive and meaningful for all? And when our children bring a new partner into our family, how do we welcome them and bring our families together? Join Roberta for a two-part conversation addressing these questions and more.

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TuesdayTue, 9 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
They Did What? A Survey of Family Relationships in Bereshit (Genesis) with Steve Kerbel

Tuesday, Nov 9th 9:30a to 11:00aFor an ancient text intended to set boundaries and impart values, the Torah contains many narratives which include episodes of, let us say, less than exemplary behaviors. During this class we will explore family narratives and relationships in the Book of Bereshit.

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TuesdayTue, 9 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Talmud on Tuesdays with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz

Tuesday, Nov 9th 12:30p to 1:30pA new year and a new tractate of Talmud! Join us to study Tractate Berakhot which includes a comprehensive discussion of the Shema and Amidah, the essential components of the prayer service.

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WednesdayWed, 10 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Book Discussion Group - Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture

Wednesday, Nov 10th 12:00p to 1:00pHeinz's rich and colorful account offers the first history of the wildly popular game of mahjong.

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ThursdayThu, 11 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Introduction to Judaism

Thursday, Nov 11th 7:30p to 9:00pA multi-denominational journey into the heart of Judaism taught by seven Metro DC-area rabbis representing the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements. No matter your background, the Miller Intro to Judaism Program, developed by American Jewish University, is here to guide you on your Jewish journey. Whether you’re soul-searching or seeking your community, the Intro Program will walk you through Judaism’s big ideas and the nuts and bolts of daily Jewish living.

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ThursdayThu, 11 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
The Jewish Diaspora: Scattered Among the Peoples with Fred Jacobs & Ira Lieberman

Thursday, Nov 11th 7:30p to 9:00pThe Jewish people are no strangers to exile. This course will explore key moments in the history of the Jewish diaspora, beginning with the Jews of Sepharad in 1492.

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SundaySun, 14 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
The Music of Our People

Sunday, Nov 14th 10:00a to 11:30aThe music may be old, but the artists are new! Come here these new renditions of classic Jewish music, collected by the Milken Archive and presented by Cantor Josh.

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TuesdayTue, 16 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
They Did What? A Survey of Family Relationships in Bereshit (Genesis) with Steve Kerbel

Tuesday, Nov 16th 9:30a to 11:00aFor an ancient text intended to set boundaries and impart values, the Torah contains many narratives which include episodes of, let us say, less than exemplary behaviors. During this class we will explore family narratives and relationships in the Book of Bereshit.

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TuesdayTue, 16 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Talmud on Tuesdays with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz

Tuesday, Nov 16th 12:30p to 1:30pA new year and a new tractate of Talmud! Join us to study Tractate Berakhot which includes a comprehensive discussion of the Shema and Amidah, the essential components of the prayer service.

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WednesdayWed, 10 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Book Discussion Group - Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture

Wednesday, Nov 10th 12:00p to 1:00pHeinz's rich and colorful account offers the first history of the wildly popular game of mahjong.

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MondayMon, 15 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Monday Night at the Movies & Discussion "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel"

Monday, Nov 15th 7:00p to 8:30pHeading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (I Hr. 26 Min.; English) After years of crushing defeats, Israel’s national baseball team finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land to South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

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TuesdayTue, 23 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
Rabbi Matthew Simon's Summer Book Review

Tuesday, Nov 23rd 11:00a to 12:00pYou are sure to learn a lot from Rabbi Simon's fascinating discussions, filled with historical references, side-notes, and interesting anecdotes.

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MondayMon, 13 DecDecember, 2021

 
 
Monday Night at the Movies & Discussion "The Last Resort"

Monday, Dec 13th 7:00p to 8:30pSouth Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the small apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast's brutal winters. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. The Last Resort takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era.

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WednesdayWed, 12 JanJanuary, 2022

 
 
Book Discussion Group "Something Beautiful Happened"

Wednesday, Jan 12th 12:00p to 1:00pYvette Corporon grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories about how the people of the small Greek island Erikousa hid a Jewish family, a tailor named Savvas and his daughters, from the Nazis and the family survived the war. Years later, Yvette eventually found the Jewish tailor’s descendants in Israel.

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SundaySun, 31 OctOctober, 2021

 
 
Did the Exodus Happen? History, Memory and Theology Presented by Benjamin Sommer

Sunday, Oct 31st 4:00p to 5:30pMany voices in recent decades have claimed that the story of the exodus is a fiction and that the events it portrays did not in fact occur. In the popular press and other media, one often hears the claim that archaeological evidence disproves the exodus story. In this lecture Professor Sommer will address these questions.

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SundaySun, 7 NovNovember, 2021

 
 
The Lost World of African-American Cantors with Henry Sapoznik

Sunday, Nov 7th 7:30p to 9:00pThe history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars.

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SundaySun, 23 JanJanuary, 2022

 
 
Shared Legacies: An Exploration of Black-Jewish Cooperation Then and Now

Sunday, Jan 23rd 7:30p to 9:00pJoin us in watching Shared Legacies, a film that revisits the crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation during the turbulent Civil Rights era, as many Jewish leaders backed the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to achieve racial equality and harmony. Then, stay for a discussion of the commitment B’nai Israel is making to racial justice today.

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