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All indoor in person gatherings are subject to change and possible cancellation due to Covid-19/Delta Variant or other variants. All participants are to be masked inside the building regardless of vaccination status and only individually packaged bottled water and snacks may be served

Modern Musical Midrash (Zoom)

Tuesdays, November 2 & 16, December 7 & 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m..
In this twice monthly series with Rabbi Nathan Roller, we will be examining how modern music responds to and enhances our understanding of biblical stories and deepens our connections to characters found in our ancient texts. We will be looking at a range of songs and subjects, focusing primarily on stories of biblical women through the music and lyrics of Torah teacher Alicia Rabins, as presented in her musical midrash project, Girls in Trouble. Each lecture in this series will be a standalone lecture, focusing on one biblical character or theme. To connect with Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82327433526?pwd=SUZ1YStDSUFETDAwdHY3YzF1Rm00Zz09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 823 2743 3526, Passcode: 886859

The New Reality in the Middle East (Zoom)

Sunday, October 31, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mr. Lior Haiat will be speaking to us directly from Israel, giving us an update about the Abraham Accords, (the diplomatic agreements between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco). In just one year’s time, we have seen a blossoming of joint cooperation, business deals, investments, free travel, and tourism between Israel and these four Arab countries. The Abraham Accords have also changed the political balance in the Middle East in Israel’s favor. Please join us as Mr. Haiat, together with his colleague, Mr. Shlomi Kofman, Israeli Consul General for our local area, offer us an in-depth discussion about the strategic implications of these accords, which have opened the door to a fantastic new era of Middle East reality. To connect with Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89958873848?pwd=SnNCSmczVUk4UHdUOVRQTTB3OUFsZz09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 899 5887 3848, Passcode: 898493

JTS Fall Learning Series (Zoom)

Mondays 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. PT
“Six Days Shall You Labor:
Perspectives on Work in Jewish Text and Tradition”

In this no-cost learning series, JTS scholars will explore ideas about the meaning of work and rest in Jewish tradition, Jewish social movements around work and vocation, as well as the roles that faith, gender, geography, and shifting economic and social circumstances have played in Jews’ professional paths and our understandings of the meaning and value of work.
The series includes:

  • Oct 25, Dr. Nancy Sinkoff – American Jewish Middle Class in an Age of Social Justice
  • Nov 1, Dr. Shira Epstein – How American Elementary Education Became Women’s Work
  • Nov 8, Dr. Jonathan Ray  – Jewish Work and Jewish Identity in the Middle Ages
  • Nov 15, Dr. Rachel Rosenthal – If there is No Bread, there is No Torah: Other Careers of the Talmudic Rabbis
  • Nov 22, Rabbi Eliezer Diamond – Balancing Financial Well-Being with Social Responsibility
  • Nov 29, Dr. Tamar Marvin  – Moses Maimonides’ Typical Workday in Medieval Egypt
  • Dec 6 – Dr. David Fishman – Jewish Worker’s Movement in Eastern Europe: When Matzoh Bakers and Tallis Weavers Went on Strike
  • Dec 13 – Dr. Alan Cooper – It’s Not Up to You to Finish the Work of Repairing the World, Neither May You Desist from it: Pirkei Avot 2:21

To register for this free series, click: https://inspired.jtsa.edu/event/%22six-days-shall-you-labor-perspectives-on-work-in-jewish-text-and-tradition/e352728/register/new/select-tickets When you register, you will receive a Zoom link good for all eleven lectures. Recordings of each lecture will be available for registrants for time-delayed viewing, if desired.
To learn more about sponsoring a JTS learning session to honor a loved one, celebrate an occasion, or commemorate a yahrzeit, please contact Bonnie Slavitt: bjewished@gmail.com

JTS ScholarStream Learning Series (Zoom)

JTS is planning eight 4-week learning sessions in the coming academic year.

Series 1: Torah Relationships
Wednesdays 
5:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. PDT
This series explores how Biblical stories can inform our own relationships, and how the life lessons of our ancestors can influence our personal, communal, and world values.

  • Oct 27, Dr. Elliot Dorff – Dysfunctional Families of Genesis: What They Teach Us About How *NOT* to Treat Our Parents, Siblings and Children

Series 2: Ethics
Tuesdays 
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT
This series explores various aspects of ethics in Judaism.

  • Nov 2, Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin – Risking One’s Life to Save Another: Required or Forbidden?
  • Nov 9, Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch – Can Halakhah be Immoral?
  • Nov 16, Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson – Moral Dilemmas in the Teachings of the Mei Hashiloah, Reb Mordechai Yosef Lainer of Ishbitza
  • Nov 23, Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker – “Leshon Hara” (Gossip and Slander): An Age-Old Ethical Challenge
  • Series 3: The Roots of Conservative Judaism (Tuesdays in December)
  • Series 4: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Conservative Judaism (Wednesdays in January/February)
  • Series 5: The Ongoing Process of Halakhah Standards in Conservative Judaism (Wednesdays in February/March)
  • Series 6: The Power of the Prophets (Tuesdays in March/April)
  • Series 7: The Liturgy of Channukah, Purim, and Yom HaAtzmaut (Tuesdays in May)
  • Series 8: The State of Israel: Models of Resilience (Wednesday mornings in May)

Your cost for each ScholarStream series is $25 (for 4-week sessions). To register for a ScholarStream series, go to https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1401

For information about underwriting a 4-week ScholarStream session for Congregation Beth David, at a cost of $300 per session, (allowing our congregants to attend at no cost) please contact Bonnie Slavitt at bjewished@gmail.com

Jewish Book Discussion Group
House on Endless Waters: A Novel by Emuna Elon

Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Joel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher. While touring the Jewish Museum, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful faces of his parents, his older sister, Nettie…and an infant he doesn’t recognize. This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam’s dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger – but at a cost. Discussion led by Harry Cornbleet. To Connect with Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96289959946?pwd=WnNFT2ZSWkxkcGJ0L1NaQXVZSlhNZz09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102
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