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Tuesday: 6th JLI lesson!

Reminder, the next and final lesson in the JLI course, Great Debates, will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm.

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC:
Public Menorahs and the separation of Church and State -
Should Judaism be just in the home or in the public sphere as well?

NEW PHOTOS: Torah Welcoming Celebration!

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Shabbat Services Schedule

  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Torah Reading & rabbi's remarks at around 11 am
    Torah portion of Chayei Sarah - Sarah's passing and the very first "Shidduch" - the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca!
    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch w/ hot cholent!

    PLEASE NOTE: Services will not be held next week, Shabbat, November 18.

'Great Debates' off to a great start!

Our new JLI course, Great Debates in Jewish History, was off to a great start this week!

It's not too late to join in. Come by this Tuesday at 7:30 pm for the second lesson:

  • Suicide at Masada - Militant Nationalism vs Religious Institutionalism:
    Glimpse into the minds of those who took their lives at Masada in 73 CE. Discover a view of Judaism that believes it cannot survive without autonomy in Israel and prefers to die rather than live under a foreign nation’s rule. What role does nationalism play in Judaism? What is the Jewish perspective on taking up arms when defeat is inevitable?

Entire Course fee: $99 (includes a beautiful student textbook)
Get 10% off when booking for two!
Light refreshments 

Schedule Note: Classes will be held on Tuesdays, with the exception of the 3rd lesson which will be held on Sunday, Nov 12.

Register Online

 UPCOMING LESSONS:

  • The Maimonidean Controversy - Could you believe that Maimonides' epic works of Jewish teaching were once publicly burned? We'll explore Faith vs Reason.
     
  • Renewal of The Sanhedrin - After the expulsion of Jews from Spain, some thought it was time to force the hand of Jewish destiny. Active Messianism vs Passive Messianism.
     
  • Chasidism - The spiritual renaissance led by the Chasidic movement was not easily accepted at first. One of the great debates was about Divine Transcendence vs Divine Immanence.
     
  • Separation of Church and State - When public Menorahs first came about it sparked a great debate in the Jewish community. Religion in Public vs Religion as a Private Affair.
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