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Special Programs

Shabbat Service
Friday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Uri Regev

Rabbi Regev's topic for the evening will be This Week's Elections: Their Crucial Implications for Israelis, Israel, and World Jewry.

Religion and state issues have come to the fore in the coming elections. These issues have serious implications for Israelis, the governmental arms of the State, especially the judiciary, and for Diaspora Jewry. Rabbi Regev will focus on what is at stake in these elections and what his past and present experiences suggest will occur depending on the elections’ outcomes.

Rabbi Uri Regev heads Hiddush – For Religious Freedom and Equality, an educational and advocacy organization that works to fully realize Israel’s Declaration of Independence promise for “Freedom of Religion and Conscience” and “Full Social and Political Equality Regardless of Religion”.

He was founding chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the public and advocacy arm of the Reform movement in Israel. Later he served as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

He is a cum laude graduate of Tel Aviv University Law School and was ordained as rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion in Jerusalem.

B'yachad and Social Action Breakfast
Sunday, September 15, 10:30 a.m.
Guest: Professor Marc Dollinger

Join B'yachad and the Social Action Committee for a Sunday morning breakfast and discussion. Professor Marc Dollinger, an expert on the role of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement, will discuss Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s. This program will explore never-before-seen historical documents that reveal a story that's been hidden from view for more than half a century. 

"Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s," Professor Dollinger's most recent book, takes a new look at Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement, showing how American Jews leveraged the Black Power movement to increase Jewish ethnic and religious identity in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Selichot Program and Service
Saturday, September 21, speaker at 7:30 p.m., service at 9:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Lian Najami

Lian Najami, Israel's first Arab Rhodes Scholar, will speak on Minority Groups in Israel & Arab-Israeli Relations.

Growing up as part of four different minority groups in Israel — a woman, an Arab, a Muslim, and a person with a disability — proved to be a catalyst, triggering a drive to pursue social justice and create a more inclusive society, fueling an ambition to promote minority rights, and motivating Ms. Najami to develop impactful initiatives for minority populations, both at home and abroad. By introducing the audience to the multiple minority groups that co-exist in Israel, she hopes to raise awareness to the importance of inclusivity policies and explore the shifting currents that underpin Arab-Israeli relations. She does not present a perfect image of Israel, but rather explores the nuances, addressing both the opportunities and the challenges facing minority communities in Israel. By celebrating the diversity while simultaneously addressing the issues that exist, her exploration of a modern Israel is what makes her an engaging speaker.

A Selichot service to reintroduce the themes of the High Holy Days will begin in the Sanctuary at 9:30 p.m.

Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg Memorial Dinner and Lecture
Friday, October 25, dinner at 6:00 p.m., lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Mary Zamore

As part of her work supporting and advocating for Reform women rabbis, Rabbi Zamore is co-leading the Reform Pay Equity Initiative to narrow the wage gap for all female employees of the Reform Movement, creating a replicable model to address all employ­ment interactions. 

Judaism has much to teach concerning our spiritual understanding of money, including the financial imperative to help others. Tzedaka starts with a giving mindset, in which even the poor are instructed to give to others and wealth is defined by "being content with our lot," and yet we also appreciate financial security and prosperity. Living in a modern culture that promotes acquisition over giving, how do we return to our Jewish values to create a just world through giving?

Mon, September 23 2019 23 Elul 5779