Join us for Shabbat morning services via Zoom every other Saturday morning at 10:00am.
Join the service by going to Our Virtual Community here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.
Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.
- What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
- Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
- Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?
Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.
See you there!
The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on Friday, November 27
Last Friday, our study group completed its most recent exploration of JEWISH SENSIBILITIES with a discussion of a concept that governs a good deal of our thought and practice:
Havdil | הַבְדִיל | Distinctions/Jews and Distinctiveness.
Looking at various Jewish practices that emphasize binary oppositions and distinctions that have firm laws about boundaries–milk from meat, Sabbath and weekdays, male and female roles, Israel from other peoples, the holy and the everyday–we agreed with Rabbi Vanessa Ochs that ”the sensibility of difference-making is critically and essentially Jewish” and with Rabbi Ochs’s claim that such a concern for differences ”has a powerfully destructive potential.” We explored this topic, especially when it led to ”us vs. them” polarization, but we also explored the importance of maintaining a distinct Jewish identity as a means of connecting with others.
Following a one-week break for the Thanksgiving holiday, our group will resume our discussions on Friday, December 4 when we’ll begin with a new topic:
This movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel has been a source of great pride and a subject of much criticism. In our discussions of Zionism, we hope to cover such topics as
Zionist ideology from its origins to the present
the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe
the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897
the Balfour Declaration
the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion
the Six Day War in 1967
the rise of the “Peace Now” movement
the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East
Our discussions will be informed by Michael Stanislawski’s Zionism: A Very Short Introduction 2nd Edition. Stanislawski is Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University. His book is available at a variety of Internet outlets.
Check this web site next week for a list of resources we will discuss in our inaugural meeting on December 4.
Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at email@example.com.
With services unavoidably cancelled, the Ritual Committee is working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person. It’s very distressing to be unable to say Kaddish for a loved one, or to contemplate not sharing a Seder meal with friends and family. We’d like to share with you some plans we have for filling these gaps in our lives.
Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom. As long as at least 10 adults log in, we’ll be able to say Kaddish, so please consider attending, even if you’re not a Friday night regular.
You can join the service by going to Our Virtual Community here, then scroll down and click on the blue Kabbalat Shabbat Service button.
If you’d like to borrow a siddur for use at home while services are cancelled, we’ll be happy to lend you one! Please contact the office for details.