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BEIT WINTER 2020 SCHEDULE

BEIT CAFE | 6:00-7:00PM

Dine at our new and improved BEIT Café! You may register online for dinner $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. From 7:30 to 7:45 pm enjoy coffee, conversation, and nosh during our BEIT Break. Sign up for dinner here

BEIT EXPERIENCE I | 6:30PM


Rebellion, Rupture, Renewal: A Journey Through Modern Jewish Literature
Rabbi Philip Graubart

January 16, 23, 30 & February 6

What is the essence of Jewish identity? What are the challenges to living a fully realized Jewish life? How should modern Jews respond to intermarriage, assimilation, Israel, the Holocaust, alienation, anti-Semitism? We often look to sacred Jewish texts for responses to these existential questions, or to political writings, or even sometimes to rabbis. But in Modern Jewish Literature – a hidden and essential source of wisdom - brilliant Jews have been producing a body of work for over two centuries responding to our deepest dilemmas. In this course, we’ll study some of the most interesting and valuable works of Modern Jewish Literature, from Sholem Aleichem to Peretz to Philip Roth to Cynthia Ozick, Ayelet Tsabari and more. We’ll study this exciting genre for its own sake, but also to develop a richer understanding of the challenges of modern Jewish life.
 
Rabbi Philip Graubart served as our Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth El for fifteen years. Most recently, he was a vice president at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and director of Jewish life and learning at the San Diego Jewish Academy.
 
Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood
Dr. Ray Fink

January 9, 23, 30, & February 6

Using the latest iEngage curriculum from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, we’ll explore a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. This narrative serves as a foundation for a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry, elevating the existing discourse from a crisis-based focus to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas.
 
Dr. Ray Fink is a Past President of Congregation Beth El, a respected physician in our community, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Shalom Hartman Institute.
 
Freud, Adler, and Frankl: Thinking About Existence
Dr. Oded Shezifi
January 9, 16, & 23

Come explore the insights of three great 20th Century psychologists, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Viktor Frankl, who influenced the way we understand human existence.
 
Dr. Oded Shezifi is a clinical psychologist who also teaches at UCSD-Extension. He is a play therapist supervisor and a certified Jewish mindfulness teacher. Oded has served as a medic and aviation physiology instructor at the IAF and has worked as a clinician at Jewish Family Service where he supervised and taught clinical interns the History of Psychotherapy.
 
Creating An Art Piece with Sustainable Objects In Honor of Tu B’Shevat
Shana Lew & Helen Siegel
January 16, 23, & 30

The holiday of Tu B’Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day) is the impetus for this art class . This holiday reminds us of our connection to the earth as well as our responsibility to the environment as caretakers. In this three part class, participants will have the fun and challenging opportunity to create a piece of art from used, found, and sustainable objects. The instructors will provide materials but participants are encouraged to bring in small pebbles, sea glass, or small found objects to include in their piece.
 
Shana Lew has a BA in Jewish Studies from UCLA and a MAED from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. She is on the board of the Woman’s Philanthropy (UJF) as well as the Board of the Wheelchair Dancers Organization. Shana also spends time creating sustainable art for Jewish and Medical causes. Shana and her husband Bill are members of Congregation Beth El and they have two grown sons.
 
Helen Segal graduated summa cum laude in Fine Arts. She has been inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns used by artisans around the world especially by how beautiful objects can be made from the most mundane of materials. She works in all media and her artistry extends from creating large architectural installations and murals to smaller idiosyncratic and imaginative pieces.


Appreciating Jewish Art: Gutman, Rubin and the History of Tel Aviv
Guri Stark
January 9

In this session we will discuss two Israeli artists who were the pioneers of a new, distinctive Eretz Israel art style in the days prior to the foundation of Israel.
 
Guri Stark is a unique artist and musician trapped in the body of an engineer who has been painting in watercolors for over 30 years. Born in Israel, Guri moved to the United States 32 years ago. With his distinctively strong and brilliant watercolors, Guri made a name for himself as an artist in Israel, Denver Colorado, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
 
Creative Writing Workshop
Dr. Sandra Block
January 9, 16, 23, & 30

A writer is someone who writes. In this 4 week workshop we will explore our creative writing skills with the use of Jewish poetry, stories from the Torah and inspiring verbal and visual prompts in timed writing sessions. Participants may choose to share their writing with others or not. All workshop feedback is respectful and, most importantly, non-critical. The workshop is modeled on the Amherst Writers And Artists model pioneered by Pat Schneider. For more information on the philosophy of this writing method please see amherstwriters.org
 
Sandra Block, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, a university instructor and a certified AWA workshop facilitator. She has led creative writing workshops nationally for medical and mental health professionals, creative writing workshop leaders, women’s groups in work and social service settings and for senior citizen groups. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has been published in the San Diego Union Tribune, The Writers’ Ink Anthology and local and national newsletters.
 
Aging in the 21st Century
Jon Schwartz
February 6

What can we do to enhance successful aging? What does it take to live happy and healthy in advanced age? What is the secret of a few regions in the world where there is a high concentration of people that live beyond 100? These questions and many others will be answered in a collaborative, informative and humorous discussion.
 
Jon Schwartz has a business degree in Entrepreneurship from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Gerontology from USC. At USC, his emphasis was how to reduce admissions to institutionalized care facilities. From 2014-2017 Jon was a contributing writer for the San Diego Jewish Journal where his pieces consisted on a variety of aging issues. At the beginning of 2019, Jon took his decade plus experience in the field of aging and started a company, Partner in Aging.
 

Synagogue Skills & Song
David Lipsitz
Begins January 9 and continues each week BEIT meets

Learn the melodies and meanings of the weekly Friday evening Shabbat service, Kabbalat Shabbat. Grow in your ability to participate with us and enjoy synagogue prayer and community.
 
Hebrew Reading
Robin Shulman
Begins January 9 and continues each week BEIT meets

Learn basic Hebrew reading for synagogue services. Discover or rediscover your ability to read Hebrew and participate in synagogue prayer and community.
 
Intermediate Hebrew Reading & Conversation
Orli Moses
Begins January 9 and continues each week BEIT meets

Strengthen your Hebrew reading and conversation skills.
 
Torah Reading
Dr. Ran Anbar
Begins January 9 and continues each week BEIT
meets

Learn to read Torah or grow your Torah reading skills. If you wish, read Torah on occasional Shabbat mornings as member of our Torah reading squad. We meet on a regular basis to teach Torah trope to beginners, review trope with more experienced readers, and practice upcoming Torah readings.
 
Women Talking with Women
Renee Ravich and Sandra Block
February 6

Explore what it means to be a Jewish woman today within relationships, community and family-traditional and nontraditional- in a safe and supportive environment. We will provide text from various books and resources as discussion prompts. Women only, please.


 

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM | 7:00PM

Rabbi Avi Libman
January 9, 16, 23; February 6
March 5, 12, 19; April 2
Join us for an educational journey for Jews and non-Jews interested in gaining knowledge of Jewish History, life, and culture. In this course we cover topics like Jewish history, theology, and philosophy, as well as holidays and life-cyle events, practices, and rituals. The course is geared to anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism, in addition to those considering conversion. 

 

BEIT TEFILLAH: MA'ARIV MINYAN | 7:30PM

Each week BEIT meets.
We gather in the BEIT Midrash for Ma’ariv, an evening prayer Minyan. Join us for a brief spiritual break between sessions followed by coffee, conversation, and nosh during our BEIT Break.


 
BEIT EXPERIENCE II | 7:45PM


What’s Trending?
Rabbi Ron Shulman
January 9, 16, & 23

Explore current concerns within the Jewish community. Each week we’ll take a look at a #timely topic and study Jewish sources to guide our discussion. Our goal is to learn about Judaism, Jews in the larger world, and our personal connections to all of it. Join in for any session, or all three.

January 9
Religion
#Are ancient texts still relevant? 
#Secular and Religious
 
January 16
Human Relations
#Jewish Values and Political Community
#Jews and Non-Jews
 
January 23

Jewish Identity
#Post-Denominational Judaism
#Our Jewish Identity SWOT Analysis

 
Here All Along: A Reintroduction to Judaism
Sarah Hurwitz
January 30

A renowned political speechwriter rediscovers Judaism, finding timely insights and profound spiritual connection in its ancient practices and ethical traditions.
 
From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first for President Barack Obama and then as chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama.
 
Insights from Biblical Archeology
Dr. Thomas Levy
February 6

New archeological finds intrigue us as research and discovery cast new light on Biblical lore and history. Join our good friend, Dr. Tom Levy, to learn about the latest finds and their meanings for our understanding of the Bible today.
 
Dr. Tom Levy is Distinguished Professor and holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Department of Anthropology and Judaic Studies Program, and leads the Cyber-archaeology research group at the Qualcomm Institute, California Center of Telecommunications and Information Technology. 
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