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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, January 31, 2019 25 Shevat 5779

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

5:30 to 6 pm    VTS Parents Discussion Jewish Ethics for Families with Rabbi Shulman

6:00 to 7:00 pm        BEIT Café open for Dinner: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Register for Dinner. $8 per person, in advance. $10 per person, at the door.

During BEIT Café, Fanny Krasner Lebovits will be signing for her new book: Memories, Miracles & Meaning.

6:30 to 7:10 pm    BEIT Experience I

The Butterfly Project (open all evening)
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.

Pray Tell Rabbi Ron Shulman
Explore the reasons and meanings, problems and promises of communal and personal prayer in Jewish tradition. Understand the prayer book, its history, and its ideas.

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.

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. 

7:20 to 8:00 pm    BEIT Learning

Four Favorite Texts Rabbi Avi Libman
I’ve chosen four of my favorite texts from Bible, Talmud, and philosophy to share. Each text challenges our sensibilities, deepens our connections to Jewish tradition, ourselves and each other.

Citizenship, Identity Politics and Nation Building 
Yehuda Goodman, Ph.D.
Differences in Holocaust Memory Work among Jewish-Israeli High School Students
We will discuss the importance of Holocaust memory for constructing the nation, and we will examine how the experience, memory, and trauma of the Holocaust is rooted in the memory of Ashkenazi (European) Jews' history, and much less so in the Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jews' history. Based on these groups' differences in historical and familial experiences, Dr. Goodman will describe and analyze how memory work is different, in practice, for different groups of high school students in Israel, and what the broader implications are of such differences in terms of collective differential senses of subjectivity and citizenship.      
Prof. Goodman is a visiting scholar from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in anthropology, at UCSD with the support of the Leichtag Foundation/ Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative (MGSDII) and the Israel Institute

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Rabbi Ron Shulman
If you never celebrated your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or if you’d like to renew that childhood moment as an adult, we invite you to join our Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah group – a communal experience culminating for those who wish in a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. The Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah group is a community of individuals who grow together in Jewish knowledge, achieve greater comfort with synagogue services, and the joys of Jewish celebration.

8:00            BEIT Experience II: Memories, Miracles, & Meaning
Fanny Krasner Lebovits discusses her new book Memories, Miracles, and Meaning: Insights of a Holocaust Survivor, 

Fanny Krasner Lebovits is a ninety-five-year-old Holocaust survivor who describes her life as “an absolute miracle.” At age nineteen, Nazis invaded her home in Liepāja, Latvia, killing her father and most of the Jewish men in the town. She went on to lose seventy-nine of her family members and survive placement in Libau Ghetto and five different concentration camps. Now, she’s penned a memoir to share her inspirational and emotional story of loss, resilience, and survival with the world. Combining historical context and observations on the human condition, Lebovits shares her heartbreaking and triumphant memories across three continents, her belief in miracles, and the insights and meaning she draws from her experiences. Fanny’s mission is to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten and never repeated, and to show with her story that every human life holds immeasurable value. 

Fanny has received numerous awards for her dedication to philanthropic organizations. She exemplifies the power of women to overcome adversity through courage, determination and perseverance. Fanny resides in La Jolla, California. She maintains an active schedule of lecturing, family activities, an extensive network of friendships, and charitable and community involvement. 

Fanny will be signing copies of her book earlier in the evening from 6-7 pm.


Vegetarian and Gluten free option available upon request. 
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