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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, March 28, 2019 21 Adar II 5779

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Final Session of Regular BEIT Courses for this Semester
5:30 to 6 pm    VTS Parents Discussion with Rabbi Libman
6 to 7 pm        BEIT Café open for Dinner: Taco Night | $8 per person, in advance. $10 per person, at the door.

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.
6:30 to 7:10 pm    BEIT Experience I
A Moment in History | Rabbi Avi Libman
Discover what happened and why it matters in four historical vignettes from Jewish history.
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.
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.
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.
6:30 to 8:00 pm     Men Talking to Men | Bernardo Bicas
At each session participants select the topic. Men of all ages and backgrounds comprise this diverse and interesting group who come to share and listen in a safe space. New participants are always welcome. Men only, please.
7:20 to 8:00 pm    BEIT Learning
Archaeology and Environment in the Holy Land – The Case of Ancient Caesarea, Israel | Dr. Gilad Shtienberg
Israel provides one of the best places to study the impact of humans on the natural environment over the past 10,000 years when the Neolithic/Agricultural revolution took place.  As Israel is on the land bridge that connects Africa and Asia, it contains some of the oldest evidence for the spread of humans outside of Africa. Prior to Neolithic period, human societies were characterized by hunter-gather-forager societies for more than 1.5 million years.  With the advent of the agricultural revolution, the earth’s soils and sediments were directly affected by human induced (anthropogenic) activities. In the current study presented here, the effect of human settlement on their local environment is explored around the ancient city of Caesarea, a well-known Roman to Early Islam period urban centre along the central coastal plain of Israel. Using a variety of techniques for field and lab work linked to the sediments around this important ancient harbour site, new insights into the agricultural practices, land, and water use are brought to light in the city made most famous by the ancient Jewish king – Herod the Great. This study shows potential to further the knowledge and understanding regarding human societies, their connection to and impact on the environment and could be of relevance to other archaeological sites around the Mediterranean and future land use in the region.
Dr. Gilad Shtienberg specializes in the theoretical and practical aspects of the geomorphological processes that occur in the dynamic environment of the coastal zone. He holds a B.Sc. in Marine Sciences, an M.A and a Ph.D. in Coastal Geomorphology Quaternary coastal landform processes with an emphasis on anthropogenic impact. Gilad has conducted various field surveys which were done in the shallow offshore and terrestrial parts of the Israeli coast. The technical stages and scientific interpretation were achieved through a fruitful collaboration with leading coastal-offshore geophysical geological and archaeological researchers which in later stages were presented in seminars, national and international conferences, workshops and yielded publications in pear review journals. 
Women Talking to Women | Renee Ravich and Sandra Block
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.
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.
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:
Dr. Allan Havis
American Political Theatre in the Age of Terrorism 
Allan Havis’ plays have been produced at the nation’s leading playhouses and overseas. He has 20 full length plays published, and is the editor of three American Political Plays anthologies beginning in 2001. He writes opera libretti in collaboration with renowned composer Anthony Davis. His first publication was a novel for young readers – Albert the Astronomer –from Harper/Collins. His book on Cult Films came out ten years ago. His most produced play – Morocco - received HBO Playwrights USA Award, Foundation of the Dramatist Guild/CBS Award, and Kennedy Center production grant. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships. Half of his plays are sharply political with several on Jewish identity in the world and life in Israel. He received an MFA from Yale Drama School, and is the Chair of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego, where he has taught playwriting and film studies for 30 years. 


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