It’s all about the story. The journey can be the most exciting part! What is your story? And where does it fit in relation to Judaism?
This year, we hope to help you find a great understanding of your place in the Jewish story.
Throughout the year, our congregational family will strive toward a deeper connection to our Judaism through the theme of Am’cha: Your People. Your place. Your story.
We invite you to join us to find YOUR place in the story.
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS
RABBI KROLOFF’S LUNCH AND LEARNS
CONNIE REITER’S TORAH STUDY
How does the Torah ignite my inner wisdom? Participants study Bible plus the latest events of concern to the Jewish people. Feel free to drop in on any Tuesday; you are always welcome!
Informal and lively! Discussion topics will include contemporary events, films of Jewish and general interest, spiritual issues, aging wisely, family concerns, The Rabbi’s “struggles,” Israel, the American Jewish community, and recent developments in Jewish life. A delicious complimentary lunch will be offered. Donations to support this program are welcome. Kindly direct them to the Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff Fund for Jewish Learning.
For over 20 years, this eclectic adult group has been studying various books from our tradition, starting with the Torah and progressing through various books from the rest of the Tanach. We continue that tradition this coming year, starting with Book of Psalms. Psalms are often quoted in our liturgy – in the Shabbat service, as well as in the readings fro the High Holydays and other holidays. We read text in the Tanach as well as various Commentaries – all in English. Our study leader, Connie Reiter, and discussions range far and wide.
Every Shabbat at the Lavy House, this hour discussion and study will focus on the Torah Portion of the week, Jewish ideas and values, and the task of living a life of meaning. After Holy Scrollers, all are welcome to join us for Saturday Morning minyan followed by a discussion and light brunch – all part of the Shabbat experience.
HEBREW ULPAN CLASS
MIXED MEDIA MISHPUCHA
Always wanted to learn conversational Hebrew? Need a refresher? Here is your chance to study with Raya Benhaim, a Hebrew teacher with 25 years of experience. The Beginner Ulpan course will cover basic reading, writing and conversational Hebrew, as well as simple vocabulary. The Intermediate Ulpan course will concentrate on building vocabulary through conversation, reading and writing.
The 8-week course is $180 and will only run if enough people sign up.
Mishpucha is the Hebrew word that means “family.” Depending on where you’re from, what you believe, or what you love, family can take on a different meaning. Shari will teach innovative techniques to create a mixed media artwork that represents your Mishpucha story (family story) Begin with a digital copy of a photograph, then using paper, paint, cloth and ephemera give depth and meaning to your artwork. Create a piece that honors your personal story filled with multiple layers that reflect memories. It is essential to attend all sessions. Art making experience not necessary.
ORAL HISTORY TRAINING WITH GAIL MEYERS
COGNITIVE VITALITY WITH ELIZABETH MILLER
BE IN THE MOMENT: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION IN A JEWISH CONTEXT
LITURGY LUNCH AND LEARNS WITH RABBINIC INTERN BECKY JAYE
Create your own oral history to preserve your story. Gail Meyers was trained at Columbia University in Community Based Oral History. Attend an introductory session about the power of sharing your story and then participants will be invited to sign up for private sessions to record their own stories with Gail as the interviewer.
Join Elizabeth Miller, a health and wellness consultant, to learn strategies on how to age well, how to keep your mind active, and how to live your life to the fullest.
Rabbi Rex Perlmeter is offering a class for those who would like to begin to develop a mindfulness meditation practice and would appreciate a structured step-by-step approach. This class is an opportunity to pause in the midst of our hectic lives, to calm our bodies and minds and to shift from a mode of mind oriented toward “doing” to a more spacious mode of mind that rests in “being”. Each session will be framed by a Jewish concept or teaching as we cultivate steadiness, compassion, self acceptance and kindness.
Take a journey through our rich Jewish Liturgy. Learn about the origin and transformation of our prayers and find your own connections and paths in our prayer book. Light Lunch will be served.
PURSUING JUSTICE: USING LAW TO CONFRONT ANTISEMITISM WITH AMY SPITALNICK, DIRECTOR OF INTEGRITY FIRST FOR AMERICA
ONE CONGREGATION, ONE BOOK- INNOCENT BYSTANDER
ONLINE CONGREGATIONAL HANUKKAH CANDLE LIGHTING
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 at 5:30 PM
Amy Spitalnick is a Modern Day Nazi Hunter. She represents the Charlottesville residents injured at the August 2017 white nationalist rally and she will share the work of Integrity First for America’s groundbreaking lawsuit against white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and affiliated hate groups. She will present on their new method of combatting violence based on racism, sexism, and antisemitism.
Join New York Times Best Selling Author, Julie Salamon, as she discusses her latest book with the Temple Emanu-El community. It is a night not to be missed! *We encourage book clubs, individuals, and/or families to read “An Innocent Bystander” before the evening but even if you do not we hope you join us for this great event.
Celebrate Hanukkah with your Temple Emanu-El Community from the comfort of your home! Log-on your computer and light the Hanukkah Candles as we sing songs and share stories .RSVP to receive the log-in.
ART JOURNALING FOR THE SOUL
TELL YOUR STORY BETTER!
CREATING A JUST WORLD: TZEDAKA AND JUDAISM’S GIVING MINDSET WITH RABBI MARY ZAMORE
Shari Seltzer will guide participants to create pages that express hopes, dreams, healing, and inner wisdom using mixed media art techniques. Be inspired by Jewish prayer, holidays, traditions, lyrics, and poetry. Art making experience not necessary. Willingness to allow your inner artist to nurture your soul is essential. Please plan to attend all sessions.
Join Jamie Brickhouse a 4-time Moth Champ, a National Storytelling Network Grand Slam champion, and Board member of the National Storytelling Network to learn ways to craft your own story.
Celebrate Rabbi Zamore’s most recent book the Sacred Exchange: Creating A Jewish Money Ethic with a program and book signing and reception. Judaism has much to teach concerning our spiritual understanding of money, including the financial imperative to help others. Tzedaka starts with a giving mindset, in which even the poor are instructed to give to others and wealth is defined by “being content with our lot,” and yet we also appreciate financial security and prosperity. Living in a modern culture that promotes acquisition over giving, how do we return to our Jewish values to create a just world through giving?