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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. 

Mon, January 24 2022 22 Shevat 5782