The Program and Social Action Committees were honored to host Professor Marc Dollinger as a speaker July 1, 2021. A video of his lecture, “Jews and the Civil Rights Movement,” is now available:
We have Torah study almost every Shabbat morning, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Congregation Beth Israel’s Beit Midrash. Torah study is different every time; it can be fun, challenging, instructive, personal to the participants, inspirational, infuriating, confusing or enlightening. We welcome everyone’s participation.
Author Jonathan Ned Katz talks about his newly released book (May 18, 2021), The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams. Congregant and Katz’s longtime friend, Emily Weiner, interviews Jonathan and moderates a Q&A (watch above). Historian Katz uncovers the until-now forgotten story of radical lesbian Eve Adams and her long-lost book Lesbian Love, which led to her arrest, deportation and eventual murder by the Nazis at Auschwitz.
To purchase The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams from Village Books (and simultaneously support Congregation Beth Israel’s education program), click here.
This CBI Programming Committee event is co-sponsored by Village Books and two units of Western Washington University: Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.
Sunday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, spoke with Congregation Beth Israel via Zoom about the fight for gender equality in Israeli society. Hoffman founded and has led the advocacy organization Women of the Wall for the past three decades. Her talk to CBI is titled, “The Cracks in the Wall Let the Light In: The Battle for Equal Rights at the Western Wall.” For more information about Anat Hoffman and her work, see the front page article in the March/April Shul Shofar.
Watch a recording of the April 4, 2021 event here:
Join with thousands of Jews from across North America and around the world to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders of our Movement; reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.
URJ Biennial 2019 is over, but you can still view videos of the experience — 5,000 Jews from across North America and around the world gathered to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, heard from inspiring speakers and the leaders of our Movement; reunited with old friends, created new connections, and made decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.
Make sure to watch the Friday morning plenary session where the URJ and the RAC launched our 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign and vote on social justice resolutions, including one on reparations for U.S. slavery and ongoing racism.
Make plans to join us at the next URJ Biennial, December 8-11, 2021 in Washington D.C. (National Harbor)!
View a recording of CBI’s panel discussion, “Exploring Jewish topics in They Ain’t Ready For Me,” a documentary film:
What Jewish topic do you want to learn about or discuss?
What text have you always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity?
What current Jewish issue in on your mind?
With Living Room Learning you open up your home to a small group (around 8) of friends and neighbors, come up with a Jewish topic, and Rabbi Samuels will bring the materials to study. Start brainstorming Jewish topics your group would like to delve into, then contact Rabbi Samuels to schedule a date.