The Scholar in Residence program will be January 24 and 25th. Barry Holtz, the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at JTS, will be our scholar. His topics will be announced at a later time, but if you want to know more about him, check out the information on him on the JTS web site. http://www.jtsa.edu/barry-holtz. Save January 24 & 25, 2020.
The Shabbaton was wonderful.
The Shabbaton program took place December 13 and 14th. Barbara & Jerry Klibanoff shared a wonderful history of Forest Hills Jewish Center as the Friday night keynote presentation. On Saturday, congregants participated in eight amazing classes ranging from Torah Trop to Stan Lee. Stay tuned for the 2020 Shabbaton!
Hebrew Literature Group
The Hebrew Literature Group will meet on Shabbat, October 19, after services at about 12:30 pm, following kiddush in the Sukkah. We will meet in Hazzan Rosenblum’s office, but if it is available and the weather is right, we may spend part of the session in the sukkah. Our topic is indirectly related to the holiday: On Sukkot we read Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, because it is a contemplative, somewhat gloomy book, as befits the fall season. In our session we will not look at Kohelet but rather several poems of Israel’s Rachel (“the Poetess”) Bluwstein. Her life was tragic and in her poetry we find themes and moods that the author of Ecclesiastes would have felt at home with. All the selections chosen for this session have been set to music in Israel, and are truly beautiful songs. Our session will be as much music as poetry reading, so come prepared to sing (or just listen to others sing, as you prefer). As always, all texts are in Hebrew with English translation, and discussion is in English. Come join us!
Lit & Learn
Lit & Learn will meet on November 2 after services in Hazzan Rosenblum’s office. Our plan this year is to use the siddur for our literary selections, and we will begin with a prayer that is so familiar that its beauty is easily overlooked. Adon Olam manages to be both philosophically deep and emotionally moving, a rare feat, no less to do so in just ten lines of magnificent rhyming poetry. In addition to our focus on Adon Olam, we will learn a two line selection from the high holiday Machzor, a keynote piece from the Selichot service which in seven words encapsulates the entire holiday. It’s set to a stunning melody sung in synagogues so far and wide that you’d think it’s ancient – but it was composed a few decades ago by Shlomo Carlebach. We’ll practice singing it together. In the second half of the session we will use some of the vocabulary we learned in the first half (in addition to vocabulary learned in previous Lit and Learn sessions) to practice some modern spoken Hebrew. This part of the session is meant to be fun, and will involve basic, useful, conversation skills. No one is put on the spot – try your hand at speaking, or just listen. Either way, learn and enjoy. Come join us! Mitchell and Lisa, Co-Chairs
Talmud with Rabbi Skolnik
Rabbi Skolnik will also be resuming his Thursday morning Talmud class in November. This class follows the 7:00AM morning minyan. Interested students gather in the Rabbi’s Study and work their way through a section of Talmud. Coffee and bagels are provided. New participants are always welcome. The dates planned in the next two months are: November 1, 8, 15, & 29, and December 6 & 13.
Ratchet up your Reading with Hazzan Rosenblum
Hazzan Rosenblum is planning to work on continuing basic Hebrew language skills. He is calling his class: Ratchet up your reading. This class is designed to improve your reading and comprehension of the Hebrew of both the Siddur and the Humash. The class will meet after 7:30PM evening minyan in the Hazzan’s office on Tuesday nights, beginning October 23rd.
Torah Study with Rabbi David Cavill
The group is casual and lively. Topics are generally connected to the Jewish calendar or are suggested by participants. Feel free to BYOB. The group will not meet in October due to Sukkot.