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BEIT Midrash

Thursday, October 11, 2018 • 2 Cheshvan 5779

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
All are welcome to join us for our BEIT Midrash on Thursday evenings. On each evening choose from a variety of specific experiences and continuing courses. Come for dinner at our BEIT Café, create your own schedule, do as much or as little as you like - or just come to visit with us. Welcome to BEIT!
 
5:30 to 6 p.m.           VTS Parents of 5-7 Grade Students
                                    Jewish Calendar and Time’s Meaning with Rabbi Shulman
We invite VTS Parents to learn with our rabbis while their children are in VTS, then stay for dinner or to participate in other BEIT experiences as desired.  Students are welcome in study hall while their parents are learning. Study Hall is 6:15-8:30pm for grades 2-7.
 
6 to 7 p.m.                BEIT Café open for Dinner: Mexican Menu Night

Register for Dinner. $8 per person, in advance. $10 per person, at the door.
Plan on dining with us all semester? $60 per person for all ten weeks.
 
 
Our BEIT theme for the fall is IDENTITY.
Our courses and programs explore dimensions of Jewish identity, individual and family identity, as well as helping us to identify meaningful ideas, texts, perspectives, and opportunities for ourselves and our community.
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 p.m.           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.
 
Identify Me
Willy Bagg
Join an informal group of synagogue friends to explore each other’s Jewish backgrounds and how we integrate being Jewish into our lives. We’ll also discover the life stories of prominent Jewish personalities and how they lived their Jewish identities.
 
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. We meet on a regular basis to teach Torah trope to beginners, review trope with more experienced readers, and practice upcoming Torah readings.
 
Tikkun Talk
This week’s focus: “Interfaith Shelter Network”
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.
 
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 p.m.     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
Rabbi Avi Libman
An exploration of how Jewish identity is portrayed in film and television, art and literature. Each session will include excerpts and examples to view, read, and talk about.
 
Chai 20’s/30’s – Uncensored
This week Chai members will discuss the significance of Israel to Jewish life with Dr. Ray Fink who will introduce participants to the Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage study program.
 
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.
Tonight’s BEIT Talk presents:  Dr. Thomas Levy
Dr. Tom Levy is Distinguished Professor and holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Department of Anthropology and Judaic Studies Program, and leads the Cyber-archaeology research group at the Qualcomm Institute, California Center of Telecommunications and Information Technology.

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