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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, February 21, 2019 16 Adar I 5779

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00-6:00pm Israel is landing on the moon!  
Join us at 5pm before BEIT to watch LIVE the launch of "Beresheet," the Israel space capsule that will fly to moon, land, and plant a flag. This impressive endeavor culminates 8 years of R&D. The only other countries to have succeeded at this are USA, Russia, and China. 
 
6 to 7 pm        BEIT Café open for Dinner: Taco Night
Register for Dinner. $8 per person, in advance. $10 per person, at the door.
 
There is no VTS this week, but Study Hall for grades 2-7 in Classroom 6 will be available.
 
6:30 to 7:10 pm    BEIT Experience I
 
Renewing the Covenant Dr. Ray Fink
Join us for a discussion and analysis of the common values underlying the relationship between North American Jews and Israeli Jews. What are our mutual responsibilities? What are our common values? How do we deal with differences? Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has issued a call to action, please join us in this most important task.
 
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.
 
Tikkun Talk
Discuss social justice concerns with synagogue friends. Hear from social service and human welfare providers. Understand the needs in the community around us. Learn about personal experiences at Tikkun projects. Help imagine how we at Congregation Beth El can continue to do the work helping, repairing, caring, and supporting work of Tikkun. 
This week, Carole Yellen, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Jewish Family Service, joins us to discuss the Safe Parking program at JFS. Every night at two secured lots, Jewish Family Service operates the Safe Parking Program for unsheltered San Diegans living in their vehicles, many of whom are experiencing homelessness for the first time. Their car allows them continued transportation to work and school, access to resources, and the ability to seek employment, if necessary. Learn about opportunities to volunteer with this program, and many other services provided by JFS. 
 
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.

7:20 to 8:00 pm    BEIT Learning
 
Believe It or Not – Ritual Practice and Personal Ethics
Rabbi Ron Shulman
What does Judaism believe? What do we think about what Judaism teaches? Explore Jewish religious views about the meaning of life and death, ritual practice and personal ethics, beliefs about God, and how technology and personal choice challenge Jewish religious values.
 
Intro to Judaism – Part II Rabbi Avi Libman
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-cycle events, practices, and rituals. The course is geared to anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism, in addition to those considering conversion.
 
A Pending Catastrophe? On the declining geomagnetic field and its possible connection to Ezekiel’s Vision
Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef
The Earth’s magnetic field is our shield against cosmic radiation, and we are constantly losing it. What will happen if it disappears completely, and is it really where we are heading? In this talk we will present our ongoing research of the ancient geomagnetic field – one of the most enigmatic phenomena in Earth Sciences – and its implications on these questions and more. We will discuss the connection between the field and Biblical Archaeology, and even suggest an explanation to Ezekiel’s Vision based on our recent discoveries. This research is based on a long-term collaboration between the Hebrew University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD’s Department of Anthropology and Tel Aviv University. (More on the project see recently in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/science/magnetic-field-earth-jars.html)
 
Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef studied archaeology and geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc.) and archaeology and anthropology at the University of California, San Diego (M.A., Ph.D.). His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Technology and Social Process: Oscillations in Iron Age Copper Production and Power in Southern Jordan” was done under the supervision of Prof. Thomas E. Levy. Published in 2010, it presents results of six years of field and laboratory research on the copper mines of the southern Levant (Jordan and Israel). During 2010-2011 he carried out postdoctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, focusing on the ancient copper mines of Cyprus and the application of slag material in geomagnetic research. Since 2011 he teaches at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and the Graduate Program in Archaeomaterials at Tel Aviv University. 
 
Ben-Yosef has authored multiple research papers on archaeometallurgy, archaeomagnetism and Iron Age archaeology of the Southern Levant. Since 2012 he has been directing the Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project – a multidisciplinary research into ancient copper production in the southwestern Aravah (Israel). The project is currently supported by the Israel Science Foundation, following four years of support of the EU Marie Curie Actions. 
 
8:00            BEIT Experience II
            
BEIT Talks
Heard of Ted Talks? Welcome to Beth El Talks! Meet fascinating members of our synagogue community. Learn about their lives, their careers, and wisdom from their experiences. Each season we’ll feature a variety of individuals as we celebrate the diversity and achievements of our synagogue family.
 
BEIT Talks presents:
Stacy Rosenberg

As the Nazis physically exterminated the Jewish population of Europe, they also carried out a campaign of cultural genocide by confiscating the artwork and personal property of their victims. Despite public recognition of the horrors of the Holocaust, it was not until the late 1990s that the legal and moral questions concerning  restitution of that stolen property began to be considered.
Stacy Kellner Rosenberg, a retired attorney and a member of the legal team that successfully obtained the restitution of Schiele’s Portrait of Wally, discusses this breakthrough case and the continuing problem of resistance to restitution.

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