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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, December 5, 2019 7 Kislev 5780

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Choose one from this list of many experiences and sessions. Participate in one, two, or all three parts of the evening. BEIT Café offers coffee and nosh all evening.

6:00-7:00 p.m. BEIT Café open for Dinner. Register below.
6:30 p.m.   BEIT Experience I
Studying Torah from Iberia to La Jolla
Ian Merles
This class will look at the weekly Torah Portion with the commentaries of three great Sephardic Medieval Biblical commentators: the poet Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra, the Kabbalist Rabbi Moses ben Nachman (Ramban or Nahmanides), and the Renaissance philosopher Rabbi Don Isaac Abarbanel. We will examine what lessons these Spanish Sages learned from the Torah 1,000 years ago and compare those lessons to how we understand the Torah today in San Diego, CA.
Ian Merles has a BA in Religious studies, Philosophy, and Jewish studies from SUNY Stony Brook and an MA in Rabbinic literature from the Shechter Institute in Jerusalem. He is currently the West Coast Annual Giving Officer for Hadassah. Ian lived in Israel for ten years where he served as a lone soldier in the Nahal infantry brigade of the Israeli army during the 2nd Intifada.
American Jewish History: 1654-1800 
Professor Joellyn Zollman
The genesis of the American Jewish experience contains many of the building blocks that continue to shape and define the community today. Come learn about the adventurous Jews who settled in the British colonies, fought in the American Revolution, and launched American Jewish life.
Joellyn Zollman, Ph.D has taught Jewish history at SDSU, UCSD, and the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. She recently curated Celebrate, Commemorate! The History and Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community, an exhibition at the San Diego History Center.
Martin Buber: The Person and His Writings
Professor David Barzilai
Come explore the thought of the important 20th century Jewish thinker Martin Buber.
Dr. David Barzilai has been teaching philosophy courses for over twenty-five years at Virginia Tech, at UCSD and SDSU. Professor Barzilai holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and Jewish thought and an MA in Jewish history and Holocaust studies and a BA in education and Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This course is based in his book Homo Dialogicus: Martin Buber's Contribution to Philosophy.
Women Talking with Women: Women and Power
Renee Ravich and Sandra Block
How do women define and experience power and leadership in all their roles: work, worship, home, relationships, community? In our women-only group we will discuss examples of powerful women in Biblical and contemporary history and share our own experiences of power and leadership we have known or wish to develop. Women Talking With Women provides a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
Beginning Hebrew Reading
Prayer Book Hebrew Reading
Robin Shulman
Begins November 7 and continues each week BEIT meets
Learn basic Hebrew reading for synagogue services. This is a comfortable first step for discovering or rediscovering your ability to read Hebrew.
Intermediate Hebrew Reading & Conversation
Orli Moses
Begins November 7 and continues each week BEIT meets
Strengthen your Hebrew reading and conversation skills.
Torah Reading
Ran Anbar
Begins November 7 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.
7:30 p.m.    BEIT Tefillah: Ma’ariv Minyan
 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.
7:30 p.m.    BEIT Break
          Coffee, conversation, and nosh…
7:45 p.m.    BEIT Experience II
                   CRYING HANDS: The Deaf Experience Under Nazi Oppression
                   Marla Petal and Michelle Baron in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 
                   In the 1980s, motivated by the uncovering of remarkable information in Germany, Marla Petal and Michelle Baron embarked on a journey to rescue the history of                         the Deaf Holocaust Experience. They have recently entrusted their extensive collection to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, sparking a                                           groundbreaking collaborative effort with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and researchers in Israel and Europe to gather dispersed testimonies and                             artifacts, ensuring the most complete archive possible is preserved and accessible for generations to come.
                   Through video testimony, contemporaneous photographs, and compelling works of Deaf artists, Marla and Michelle, Museum staff, and members of Temple Beth                     Solomon Synagogue for the Deaf, introduce audiences to the once-vibrant European Jewish Deaf community and invite all to witness the cunning immorality of                         Nazi eugenics and extermination efforts through their eyes. Those who once suffered the deadly stigma of disability have much to teach us today as we strive to                         create a more just and inclusive society.
BEIT is sponsored in loving memory of Paula & Jerry Mandell, devoted to Congregation Beth El and dedicated to Jewish scholarship.


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