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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, November 8, 2018 30 Cheshvan 5779

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 to 6 pm    VTS Parents
What Does Judaism Believe? 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 to 7:00 pm    BEIT Café open for Dinner. Mexican themed menu.
Register for Dinner. $8 per person, in advance. $10 per person, at the door.
6:30 to 7:00 pm    BEIT Experience I
Identifying with Judaism’s Sacred Texts | Rabbi Ron Shulman
Following the path from Torah to Talmud and Law Code to Prayer Book, we’ll explore the daily expression of Jewish identity and ethics.
 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 | 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. 
Tikkun Talks: The Butterfly Project
A Shoah Memorial is being built on the Turk Family Plaza, to be dedicated on this Yom Ha’Shoah, May 2, 2019. Participate in this meaningful project by painting ceramic butterflies which will be incorporated into the memorial as symbols of resilience and hope. This memorial is in connection with The Butterfly Project, an international project with a mission of using       lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry, and cultivate     social responsibility. Our butterflies will help The Butterfly Project achieve their goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world – one for each child who perished in the Holocaust. 
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.

7:05 to 7:50 pm    BEIT Learning
Issues in Jewish Identity | Rabbi Ron Shulman
Looking back on the burdens and blessings of Jewish identity for those who came before us, we’ll study the past and discuss some of our contemporary concerns about being Jewish today: being Jewish in our open society, family dynamics and religion, anti-Semitism and Israel, continuity and the future.
Jewish Identity through Culture| Yoni Carr
Dancers of all levels are welcome to join Yoni Carr, Israeli Folk Dance Teacher, who will teach us and lead us in classical and modern Israeli dancing. 
Advances in Autism Research and Treatment: Insights from the Israeli Desert | Dr. Ilan Dinstein
Department of Psychology, Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Ilan Dinstein established Israel's first neurophysiological autism lab and serves as the Director of the National Autism Knowledge Center. His research team uses neuro-imaging techniques, such as MRI and EEG, to study brain structure and function in autism patients with the goal of identifying objective biological measures for diagnosing autism. He will share his research with us and lead us in a fascinating discussion about how our brains develop typically and atypically. 
Chai 20’s/30’s – Uncensored
Learn about Jewish values and alcohol while we brew our very own Chai beer.
For Chai 20’s and 30’s members.
8:00 pm        BEIT Experience II
Healing Service
A brief service focusing on healing and wellbeing. As we reflect, talk, and sing, we’ll celebrate the promise of healing for our loved ones and friends, our bodies and souls. Offering our mutual support to those of us who support ailing family members and friends, we’ll embrace each other with care and comfort.


Dinner will be Mexican themed.
Please indicate if you are a vegetarian. Gluten free option available upon request. 
We will accommodate requests when possible. 
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