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ScholarStream – LITURGY OF RESILIENCE

Our series on the Liturgy of Resilience has begun on Tuesdays at 5:00pm PDT. Please register by 2:00pm PDT on Monday prior to make sure you receive the Zoom link for the session. Register here

A Jewish Mystical Theology (Zoom)

Monday, Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
In the conclusion of this in-depth exploration of Arthur Green’s “Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology,” Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia will explore Redemption. The session will begin with a brief meditative exercise. Rabbi Hugh has requested participants please read the corresponding section of the text before each class. To connect online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88130313084?pwd=dUxyLzY1NFNWcytxbjl0WTkwUXJvUT09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 881 3031 3084, Passcode: 586244

Book Discussion Group (sukkah patio)

Saturday, May 14, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. following kiddush lunch
The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis, by David Fishman
The Book Smugglers is a true story of forty ghetto inmates in Vilna (known as the Paper Brigade) who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets. Planning to ship the most valuable materials to Germany and incinerate the rest, the Nazis forced the men to sort and transport the materials. Instead, the Paper Brigade smuggled thousands of books and manuscripts past German guards. Based on Jewish, German, and Soviet documents, The Book Smugglers chronicles the daring activities of these partisans and smugglers who risked their lives to literature and art by hiding the books on their bodies, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling them across borders. In July 1944, when the Soviets liberated Vilna, the men realized that their new masters were not interested in saving Jewish culture, and thus the books had to be smuggled out of the USSR. Susan Rojo-Firsty will lead the discussion.

Modern Musical Midrash (Zoom)

Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
In this twice monthly series, Rabbi Nathan Roller will lead us in examining biblical stories and themes through the music and lyrics of Alicia Jo Rabins. Each standalone lecture will focus on one biblical character or theme, deepening our connections to biblical characters, and enhancing our understanding of ancient texts. To connect online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82327433526?pwd=SUZ1YStDSUFETDAwdHY3YzF1Rm00Zz09,
To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 823 2743 3526, Passcode: 886859

Talmud Study (Zoom)

Fridays, May 20, 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Please join Rabbi Jaymee Alpert for weekly Talmud study. All are welcome. No prior Talmud study experience necessary. No class on May 13. To connect via zoom https://zoom.us/j/734334750?pwd=VUx5U0tpclZHV3Y4M0F2V1JaeE84dz09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 734 334 750, Password: 854888