Israel is facing crucial challenges regarding conversion and civil marriage. These challenges and the potential solutions will have a very substantial impact on world Jewry. I will analyse the challenges, the major obstacles and will discuss potential solutions that might build bridges between Israel and the Diaspora.
Helpmate? Temptress? Adam's rib? How do the rabbinic tradition and contemporary scholarship understand the creation of Eve? This session will present some perspectives on Eve and the various interpretations of her role in creation.
Reb Shlomo Carlebach challenges us to respond, looking at the multiple homes we inhabit - our physical, emotional and spiritual homes. Rabbinic and chassidic sources engage us in questioning these definitions, with insight into the voices and strengths of the 'insider' and 'outsider'. Where do we stand with God when darkness descends?
Maoz Tzur is the most sung and least understood of Jewish ritual songs. We'll study the text and find an interesting summary of Jewish history and Jewish pain. Lively tune, tough text. Not quite what's on your mind when you’re rushing from the candles to the latkes and sufganiyot.
Come and examine historic secular events such as the invention of sign language, the passage of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), and their profound impact on halacha and the Jewish community's inclusion of people with disabilities.
A wide-ranging review of the weekly parsha, looking at stories of individual growth and change in an inter-cultural context. Please note that this session will be in Hebrew.
There are plenty of challenges for 20-somethings in life and being Jewish only adds to them. Join our panel of genuine 20-somethings to discuss the hurdles and excitement of being a young-ish member of our Jewish community.
Come spend a relaxing Shabbat afternoon with some board, card and other games. Do bring your own if you have one with you. All ages welcome.
There are many communities in the Diaspora who have a surplus of unused Torah scrolls. There are many new communities in Israel who require their first Sefer Torah. What is involved in transporting a scroll to Israel and how can we create a network of communities interested in donating a Torah and forging a unique Israel-Diaspora link?
Yoga postures can express Adam Kadmon and Chava Kadmona as the allegorical embodiments of the ten 'sefitot' which are the ethical and psychological aspects of the ideal identity; being-in-itself, knowledge, understanding, lovingkindness, strength, the beauty of compassion, victory, majesty and being-in-the-world.
How can we use our emotional states and the things going on in our lives to make prayer meaningful? Challenge yourself to improve your prayer experience – it may improve your neighbor’s experience too.
Sometimes the world can pass us by without our even noticing and we forget the small miracles in life. Come and stroll through some of the more scenic areas outside our site, and notice the miracles we are surrounded by.
With the Shalosh Regalim, the High Holidays and the Temple-related fasts, why did the rabbis feel they needed to add two rabbinic holidays? What did they want us to reflect on based on their prescriptions on these holidays?
A drama workshop where all attendees are expected to actively participate in the creative transformation of a biblical story into different theatre genres.