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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, November 29, 2018 21 Kislev 5779

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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*5:00 to 5:30 pm       VTS Parents
Please Note Earlier Time What Really Happened on Hanukkah with Rabbi Shulman

We invite VTS Parents to learn with our rabbis and stay for dinner or other BEIT experiences as desired. Students are welcome in study hall while their parents are learning.

6:00 pm    Join many of us at the largest annual gathering of Jewish men in San Diego!
The Men’s Event
Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Underwritten by Jean and Gary Shekhter
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Hilton, La Jolla Torrey Pines

6 to 7 pm        BEIT Café open for Dinner Italian Menu Night
Register for Dinner. $8 per person, in advance. $10 per person, at the door.

6:30 to 7 pm        BEIT Experience I

Beginning Hebrew Reading | Robin Shulman
Learn to decode the Hebrew alphabet and read basic prayer book blessings. This is a comfortable first step for discovering or rediscovering your ability to read Hebrew.

Intermediate Hebrew Reading | Orli Moses 
Strengthen your Hebrew reading and comprehension skills to better participate in synagogue services and ritual celebrations.
Torah Reading | Dr. Ran Anbar
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.

Learning with the Lebowitzs | Ian Merles
Study the weekly Torah portion with the commentaries of Yeshayahu and Nehama Lebowitz - a brother and sister pair of polymath geniuses, Torah scholars, and shapers of Israeli society.

Jewish Mindfulness | Dr. Oded Shezifi
In our busy and overstimulated 21st century lives mindfulness has become a popular practice for raising awareness, decreasing anxiety, and regulating feelings. In this workshop we will discover how mindfulness is embedded in ancient Jewish texts, traditions, and rituals.

Making Music! | Cara Freedman
Let’s sing and enjoy each other’s company as we learn popular Jewish melodies and expand our personal and communal repertoire.

Women Talking with Women  
Explore what it means to be a Jewish woman today within relationships, community and family-traditional and non-traditional, in a safe and supportive environment. We will provide text from various books and resources, including, “The Five Books of Miriam” as discussion prompts.

BEIT Learning

7:00 to 8:00 pm    “Jewish Languages, Past and Present” | Professor Aaron Rubin
Aaron Rubin is the Malvin and Lea Bank Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Linguistics at Penn State University, where he has taught since 2004. His main field of research is the Semitic family of languages, in particular Hebrew and the languages of southern Arabia. Recently, he has also been exploring manuscripts in lesser known Jewish languages, such as Judeo-Italian and Judeo-Urdu.

8:00 to 8:45 pm    Hanukkah and Modern Jewish Identity | Rabbi Ron Shulman
Each year before enjoying Hanukkah, Rabbi Shulman seeks to discover something new from the holiday’s history to remind us there’s much more to our Festival of Lights than a legend about oil. Come learn more about the history and significance of Hanukkah in order to discover insights for who we are and how we live as Jews today.


Dinner will be Italian themed, and dairy/vegetarian.
Gluten free option available upon request. 
We will accommodate requests when possible. 
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