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Special Programs

Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg Memorial Lecture
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom
Presenter: Dr. Nancy Sinkoff

Guest Lecturer Dr. Nancy Sinkoff, Academic Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University, will present How Englightened Was Enlightenment Berlin?

Imagined as the most enlightened metropole in late 18th-century Europe, Berlin was home to both Christians and Jews. Famous among the “Court Jewish” families were the Itzigs, who took full advantage of the tolerant and effervescent culture supported by the Emperor Frederick the Great. Sara (Itzig) Levy, an accomplished harpsichordist and musical collector who enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the Bach family, was a salon hostess who created spaces for Christian-Jewish relations through music.

This lecture will explore Sara Levy’s life, the historical complexities of Christian-Jewish relations, and the legacy of Bach’s anti-Judaism for musical and German history. These themes are at the center of Lauren Belfer’s award-winning book, And After the Fire, Temple Emeth's One Book, One Synagogue selection for 2021-22.

One Book, One Synagogue Shabbaton
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Join us for our One Book, One Synagogue Shabbaton on Saturday, January 8. The program will include a special Torah study beginning at 9:00 a.m., Shabbat Services followed by a Kiddush lunch, and a special concert by Tom Mustachio of music by composers mentioned in the book, And After the Fire, by Lauren Belfer. And while we hope you read the book, it is not necessary for you to join us and enjoy the Shabbaton. 

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Rabbi Louis J. Sigel Scholar-in-Residence program features Rabbi Eric B. Wisnia, whose theme for the weekend is My Guide for Those Perplexed about Prayer, God and Torah. On Friday evening following Shabbat Services, Rabbi Wisnia will talk on Prayers don’t change things. Prayers change people, and people change things. At Torah Study on Saturday morning, Rabbi Wisnia will present Parashat Sh’mini and the Laws of Kashrut. Our text will be Leviticus Chapter 11, which can be found in the revised Plaut commentary on p. 712 or viewed by clicking here. Following a special Kiddush lunch after Shabbat morning services, Rabbi Wisnia will give a talk on We should take Torah seriously. We should not take Torah literally. The program wraps up on Sunday with a special brunch, followed by a lecture on Jews Owned Slaves?, which will provide a fresh look at Jews, slavery and the Confederacy.

Rabbi Wisnia served Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, for 42 years. During that time, he led his congregation through substantial growth and gained a reputation for sensitivity, intelligence and good humor.

Tue, May 17 2022 16 Iyyar 5782