Meet the Midrash
Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 am
Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion. We will gain not only an understanding of what the Rabbis were teaching, but how and why they were able to offer these teachings. While there are many compilations of Midrash from different periods in Jewish history, we will focus our studies on Midrash Rabbah.
Wednesdays 12 noon – 1pm
Fridays, June 1, 8, and 15
Our group is currently discussing Dr. Sheila Katz’s Connecting with the Enemy. This 2016 book presents the first comprehensive history of unprecedented grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of the two national movements. This previously untold story of Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence will challenge the mainstream narratives of terror and despair, monsters and heroes, that help to perpetuate the conflict. It will also inspire and encourage anyone grappling with social change, peace and war, oppression and inequality, and grassroots activism anywhere in the world.
On June 1, we will discuss Chapters 5-6 (pages 83-118), a look at Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence initiatives from 1980-1992.
On June 8, we will discuss Chapters 7-8 (pages 119-161), a look at Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence initiatives from 1992-2005.
On June 15, we will discuss Chapters 9-10 (pages 162-203), a look at Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence initiatives from 2005-2010.
Dr. Katz, a professor of Middle East history at the Berklee College of Music, will be joining our study group on June 15 and speaking to the public on June 17.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday, from 12-1, in Unger Hall at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise. Copies of Dr. Katz’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are confronted with a world filled with problems and crises. It is not uncommon to wonder, “How are things going to get better?” “What is the role of one person in making positive change happen in the world?”
Jewish teachers and students have asked these questions for thousands of years. They have come up with a tradition rich in guidance, wisdom, and inspiration. We are heirs to an approach that realizes the human being is created in the Divine image, possessing enormous potential to realize values of holiness, kindness, justice, and peace. Yet, despite our best efforts, we are sometimes hampered in our ability to act from the wells of goodness that each of us possesses.
-The Institute of Jewish Spirituality website
Chanting as way to Jewish mindfulness dates back centuries, or even millennia. When combined with the beautiful and soothing words of our Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy, chanting can open new doors in the soul, revealing the awe and wonder of the work in which we live. If you haven’t tried it, perhaps it is time.
Join us for a Jewish Renewal-inspired kabbalat shabbat, led by members and others from the community. Expect a participatory spiritual and musical experience, followed by a lively singing vegetarian/dairy pot luck dinner. Who knows what doors may swing open?
Join us in welcoming our new members
Tom and Connie Glaser
Connie grew up in Detroit, Tom was raised in Grand Rapids, and they met freshman year at University of Michigan, the beginning of a long friendship that resulted in their marriage in 1975. Their honeymoon was a year-long road trip throughout North America during which they looked for a new place to settle and begin a business together. They fell in love with the mountains of Western North Carolina and Atlantic coastal Savannah, Georgia. On the conclusion of their trip, they founded and operated a campground near Saluda, and after 2 years, they sold the business and moved to Savannah where their two sons, Russell and Max were born. Tom became a chamber of commerce executive, and Connie worked in advertising and professional writing. A move to Athens, Georgia for Tom’s career preceded their relocation to Atlanta in 1992 when he founded the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and operated as CEO for almost 23 years until his retirement in 2013. During that period, Connie wrote and published five books and became an internationally recognized expert and speaker on women’s issues related to the workplace and communications.
While in Atlanta, Tom and Connie were members of a Conservative shul, Congregation Etz Chaim, and were active in the Jewish and general communities. In 2015, the Glasers left Atlanta, relocated to Skidaway Island near Savannah, and purchased a summer home at Beaverdam Run in north Asheville. They are members of congregations Mickve Israel and Agudath Achim in Savannah and are pleased to have become members of Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville to join longtime friends Bob and Carol Deutsch. The Glasers enjoy music, hiking, reading, and relaxation, and feel fortunate to be part of the Asheville community.