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2019 – 2020 Schedule

On Dead Jews: Uses and Misuses of Jewish History, from China to New York and Beyond

Dara Horn
November 14
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In this talk, acclaimed novelist and Hebrew and Yiddish literature scholar Dara Horn will explore the ways in which Jewish history is remembered, misremembered, used and exploited – benignly or less so – in places around the world. What does the public interest in dead Jews mean for living ones, and how can we think critically about the ways we understand the past?

Holy Ground: The Spirituality of Accompaniment Through Mental Illness

Rabbi Elliot Kukla and Rabbi Eric Weiss
December 12
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Synagogues are an important place to offer support to those who live with mental illness. Together let’s explore the crucial role a faith community can play in the life of those who live with mental illness. We will discuss spiritual tools for companionship, the challenges of the mentally ill community members and ultimately the gifts of this work.

Elections 101 and a Different election for Jewish pluralism in Israel

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
January 19
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Israel will enter into a third round of national elections in the coming months. As they do, what does this mean for the Israeli State and by extension, what does it mean to us as liberal Jews? In addition, another election will occur with the World Zionist Congress where Jews outside of Israel are encouraged to vote. Your participation matters for the sake of Reform rights and opportunities in Israel.

Come learn with a top leader in Reform Judaism, Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ ) and Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. A native of Chicago, he was ordained from the HUC-JIR Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Hebrew Literature, Political Science and International Relations, and received his M.A. at the Hebrew University in Jewish Education. While he currently resides in New York in his capacity as URJ Vice President, Rabbi Weinberg made aliyah to Israel in 2003, is a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit, and served in many roles of education and teaching for youth program in Israel. In his current capacity, he lives his passion of strengthening the connection between the Reform movement and the Jewish State.

Antisemitism Here and Now: A Contemporary Global Analysis

Paul Liptz
February 23
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Jew-hatred, in one form or another, is an ancient and frightening phenomenon. At each and every stage of history, it raises its ugly head but in a different shape and form. This session will look at the contemporary realities where the danger comes from three directions; the radical right, the radical left, and Islamic fundamentalists. This demands of us some responses. What is most effective in the 21st century?


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