Events

Film Screening: Hiding and Seeking

Monday, August 28, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

In a testimony to the power of tolerance, filmmaker Menachem Daum, his wife, and their sons travel to a Polish town where his father-in-law …

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Do We Always Have to Forgive?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Community Panel Discussion   Forgiveness can be difficult – sometimes too difficult. During the course of this panel, panelists will explore the scope of Jewish “forgiveness ” …

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Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations

Rabbi Mike Uram Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Mike Uram   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Rabbi Mike Uram for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, Next Generation Judaism: How …

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Spiritual Reflection & Discovery: Actualizing Our Moral & Spiritual Potential!

Saturday, September 16, 2017
7:30 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: No Cost for This Event

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz will lead a discussion about selichot (penitential poems and prayers) during an evening of learning! The evening events at Congregation Or Tzion …

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Film Screening: Road to Eden

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Road to Eden is a feature-length documentary about Dan Nichols, one of the most influential Jewish musicians of his generation, and the concert tour …

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Becoming a Mindful Soul in a Mindbending World

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch Sunday, October 15, 2017
4:00pm at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch As we live in a world that moves even faster, our ability to become present for ourselves and others becomes even more difficult. Join …

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The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays

Monday, October 16, 2017
7:00 PM at Private Home
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

VBM Book Talk Series VBM is kicking off our 2017-2018 season of learning with a new the introduction of our Book Talk Series!  A compliment to our regular …

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Special Shabbat Guest at Temple Chai – Dr. Rachel Korazim

Dr. Rachel Korazim Friday, October 20, 2017
at Temple Chai map
Cost: Please see www.templechai.com for more details

Dr. Rachel Korazim   Temple Chai is pleased to welcome Dr. Rachel Korazim for a special Shabbat Weekend. Please visit www.templechai.com or call 602.971.1234 for more information. …

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OPENING EVENT! The 10 Jewish Moral Imperatives: A Jewish Response to a Fractured Society

Rabbi Dr. Irving Greenberg Sunday, October 22, 2017
7 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg This lecture proposes that the big story is not the deep polarization in American society and internal dissension in Jewry over Israel and communal …

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Jewish Schizophrenia: What did the Rabbis think of Christianity?

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn Sunday, October 29, 2017
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn   For most of the last 2,000 years Christianity understood Judaism and Jews as its enemies. But did the Rabbis always see Christianity and …

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Top 10 Challenges Facing Jews Today

Rabbi Asher Lopatin Wednesday, November 1, 2017
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Asher Lopatin Despite the great diversity of the Jewish community, different denominations, or not affiliated with any denomination, those who practice, those who don’t, those who …

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on the Unknown

Estelle Frankel Monday, November 6, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Estelle Frankel   Jewish mystics teach that God, the Torah, and the human soul are each comprised of a known (nigleh) and a vastly greater unknown …

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Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land – Daytime

Jessica Sara Fishman Thursday, November 9, 2017
1:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Jessica Sara Fishman   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Jessica Sara Fishman for a thought provoking discussion on her latest book, Chutzpah & High Heels: …

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Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land – Evening

Jessica Sara Fishman Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:00 PM at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Jessica Sara Fishman   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Jessica Sara Fishman for a thought provoking discussion on her latest book, Chutzpah & High Heels: …

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Can I Trust You? Kashrut, Social Dynamics, and Jewish Unity

Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz Monday, November 13, 2017
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz   A lecture describing Rav Aaron’s alternative Kosher supervision project Hashgacha Pratit that has been making waves in Israel, disrupting the troublesome dynamics between …

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Rav Shmuly at Taste of Limmud

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz Thursday, November 16, 2017
at Temple Solel map
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Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva Monday, November 20, 2017
7:00 PM at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Benjamin Shalva   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Rabbi Benjamin Shalva for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, Ambition Addiction: How to …

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Emerging Challenges & Opportunities for Our Local Jewish Community!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Community Panel Discussion   The Greater Phoenix Jewish community is dynamic and growing. With each passing year, new challenges and new opportunities emerge. In this panel, panelists …

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How is Anti-Semitism Used in the American Jewish Conversation

Professor Shaul Magid Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Professor Shaul Magid   The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies My teaching focuses primarily on Kabbala, Hasidism, …

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Why Should Progressive Jews be Interested in Hasidism?

Professor Shaul Magid Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Professor Shaul Magid   The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies “My teaching focuses primarily on Kabbala, Hasidism, …

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An Evening of the Liturgical Poetry of the Sephardic World

Rabbi Roly Matalon Monday, December 4, 2017
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi José Rolando Matalon (Vocals) and Dan Nadel (Flamenco Guitar)   This concert lecture will provide an intimate exploration of beautiful piyutim and music from Spain, North Africa and the Middle East stretching from …

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Jewish Wisdom on Actualizing Your Unique Life Potential – Part 1

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation) per class

A VBM Class with Rabbi Pinchas Allouche   Rabbi Pinchas G. Allouche along with his wonderful wife Esther and their eight children, joined our community at its very inception. Rabbi Allouche …

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Jewish Wisdom on Actualizing Your Unique Life Potential – Part 2

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation) per class

A VBM Class with Rabbi Pinchas Allouche   Rabbi Pinchas G. Allouche along with his wonderful wife Esther and their eight children, joined our community at its very inception. Rabbi Allouche …

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Does Judaism Teach that Antisemitism is Universal and Inevitable?

Rabbi Professor Martin Lockshin Thursday, December 14, 2017
7:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Professor Martin Lockshin   At least for the last 1000 years Judaism has been teaching that, as we say in the Haggadah, “not just once did somebody …

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Dancing With God: How to Connect With God Every Time You Pray – Daytime

Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis Monday, January 8, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, Dancing With God: …

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Dancing With God: How to Connect With God Every Time You Pray – Evening

Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis Monday, January 8, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, Dancing With God: …

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Because the Rabbi Said So: Exploring Power and Authority in the Rabbinate

Rabba Yaffa Epstein Thursday, January 11, 2018
1:00 PM at Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabba Yaffa Epstein   While utilizing power is a necessary part of any leader’s role, the abuse of power – particularly in the rabbinic arena – seems …

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On the Road Again: Travel as Transformation in the Talmud

Rabba Yaffa Epstein Thursday, January 11, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabba Yaffa Epstein   Today we live in an age where travel is commonplace and extremely convenient. However, in the Rabbinic world, travel was an adventure, an …

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Why Are There No Reform or Conservative Sephardic Movements

Rabbi Haim Ovadia Tuesday, January 16, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Haim Ovadia The different cultures and religious approaches of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews are products of over a thousand years of living under the rule of …

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Tales on Saving Lives in Israel Through Inspiring Kidney Donations!

Judy Firestone Singer Thursday, January 18, 2018
1:00 PM at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Judy Firestone Singer “Whoever saves one life, it is as though he has saved the entire world.” Over the past several years, Israel has been transformed in …

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Compassion and Cruelty: The Promise and Limits of the Musar Movement

Dr. Geoffrey Claussen Monday, January 22, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Dr. Geoffrey Claussen   How can Jewish practice bring greater compassion into our lives? This session will explore ways in which practices developed by the 19th century …

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Musar at a Time of War

Dr. Geoffrey Claussen Monday, January 22, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Dr. Geoffrey Claussen   How can the wisdom of the Jewish tradition guide our judgments about the morality of warfare? This session will explore how the practice …

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Jewish Animal Ethics from Torah to Today

Professor Aaron Gross Thursday, January 25, 2018
1:00 PM at Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Professor Aaron Gross   This lively survey of Jewish animal ethics will consider passages from the Tanakh, rabbinic writings, modern Jewish thought, and the remarkable contributions contemporary …

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What is a Jewish Response to Factory Farming?

Professor Aaron Gross Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Professor Aaron Gross   How can Jewish community and Jewish teachings help us better respond to the factory farm systems that now produce the majority of animal …

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Some Basic Principles of Kabbalistic Spirituality

Professor Pinchas Giller Monday, January 29, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Professor Pinchas Giller   What distinguishes the world-view of the kabbalist from other kinds of Jews? Is kabbalah a form of metaphysics, or is it what the …

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Building Heavenly Disagreement on Israel in American Jewish Life

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub Thursday, February 1, 2018
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub   Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is a noted educator who trains leaders and builds programs at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought, and conflict resolution. …

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Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future

Rabbi Dr. Sid Schwarz Monday, February 5, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Sid Schwarz   The American Jewish community is riddled with doubts about the viability of the institutions that well served the Jewish community of the 20th …

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Judaism, Justice, and Holiness

Rabbi Dr. Sid Schwarz Monday, February 5, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Sid Schwarz   Rabbi Sid’s groundbreaking book, Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World 2006, offers a seminal thesis about the purpose of …

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New Approaches to Jewish Spirituality!

Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Community Panel Discussion   On the one hand, Jewish spirituality is timeless. On the other, we are charged to seek renewal in our time and to discover …

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Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life – Daytime

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Monday, February 12, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Jessica Nutik Zitter   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter for a thought provoking discussion on her latest book, Extreme Measures: Finding …

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Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life – Evening

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Monday, February 12, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Jessica Nutik Zitter   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter for a thought provoking discussion on her latest book, Extreme Measures: Finding …

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Different Models of Courageous Jewish Leadership!

Rabbi Dov Linzer Monday, February 19, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dov Linzer   Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and holds the Norman and Tova Bulow Rosh HaYeshiva Chair. …

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The Woman’s Voice in Modern Hebrew Poetry from Lea Goldberg to Efrat Mishori

Dr. Rachel Tzvia Back Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
There is no cost for this event

Dr. Rachel Tzvia Back Please contact Temple Solel to register for this event. www.templesolel.org | 480.991.7414 Rachel Tzvia Back was born in Buffalo, New York, the granddaughter of immigrants …

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Purim: The Jewish Holiday of Friendship

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Monday, February 26, 2018
1:00 PM at Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld   Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been Dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty …

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Mi Yodea: Humility and Hope in an Uncertain World

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Monday, February 26, 2018
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld   Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been Dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty …

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Rabbi on The Ganges: A Jewish Hindu Encounter

Rabbi Alan Brill Sunday, March 4, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill   Professor Alan Brill recently spent a sabbatical in India teaching about the little-known encounters that Judaism has with Hinduism from within the Brahmin …

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Exclusive Tour of Hindu Temple

Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 PM at Sri VenkataKrishna Kshetra Temple map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill Dr. Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish Studies in the Department of …

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The Radical and Modern Approach of Ishbitz Hasidic Thought

Rabbi Sam Intrator Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Sam Intrator   We will explore a few major themes that show how the Ishbitzer Rebbe’s ideas, while rooted in traditional sources, are radical departures from …

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Transcending the Great Right-Left Divide in Israel Through Spirituality

Rabbi Sam Intrator Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Sam Intrator   In closely examining our ancient Spiritual Origins in Israel, a very contemporary Jewish perspective emerges that transcends the current great Right-Left Political and …

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The Jewish Story? Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Jewish ‘Other’ Within

Professor Aaron Hahn Tapper Monday, March 12, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Professor Aaron Hahn Tapper   Jews and non-Jews frequently speak about “the Jews” as if they are a single, cohesive, interconnected group. But whether in their previous incarnations …

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What is the Purpose of Judaism?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Community Panel Discussion   There are so many different rituals, holidays, prayers, & community events. But what is their ultimate purpose? What binds us all together as …

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An Oasis in Time: How A Day of Rest Can Save Your Life

Marilyn Byfield Paul Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 PM at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Marilyn Byfield Paul   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Marilyn Byfield Paul for a thought provoking discussion on her latest book, An Oasis in Time: …

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Neo-Hasidism and the Theology of Halakhah: The Duties of Intimacy and the Law of the Heart

Rabbi Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse Monday, March 19, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse   Together we will seek a Neo-Hasidic theology of halakhah — an understanding of sacred deeds and the divine command that can redress the challenges of …

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The Soul in Jewish Mysticism: Opening the Heart to the Inner Life

Rabbi Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse Monday, March 19, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse   Jewish mysticism, and Hasidism in particular, may be described as an inward journey filled with longing for an immediate encounter with the Divine. …

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Righteous Gentiles of the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Models for Sacred Relationships

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin Thursday, March 22, 2018
1:00 PM at Temple Kol Ami map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin   Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin joined Temple Solel of Hollywood, Fla. as Senior Rabbi on August 1, 2015. He has a unique reputation among …

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How to Re-Claim The Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin Thursday, March 22, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin   Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin joined Temple Solel of Hollywood, Fla. as Senior Rabbi in  2015. He has a unique reputation among his colleagues. …

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Interfaith Community Panel

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

The 3 Biggest Contributions My Faith Can Make to American Society Today & the 3 Biggest Challenges My Faith Community is Struggling with Today Jews cannot live in isolation. We need to learn from and with others who hold different beliefs and faiths. In this panel, local interfaith …

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Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence

Sheila Katz Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Sheila Katz   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Sheila Katz for a thought provoking discussion on her latest book, Connecting with the Enemy: A …

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Forgotten Mourners

Rabbi Daniel Greyber Monday, April 16, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Daniel Greyber   Jewish law defines the mourning process for a parent, spouse, sibling, and child. But what happens when we lose someone who does not …

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Film Screening: Above and Beyond

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In …

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LAST LECTURE OF THE SEASON – Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Life and Thought of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Professor Susannah Heschel Sunday, April 22, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Chai map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

2018 Hammerman Family Lecture   Professor Heschel will speak about the remarkable life of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Rabbi Heschel was born in 1907 in Warsaw …

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How Do Jewish Values Influence How I Do Business?

Monday, April 30, 2018
7:00 PM at Congregation Beth Tefillah map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Community Panel Discussion   Judaism isn’t relevant if it’s relegated to the confines of the synagogue. Instead, Jewish values should permeate the entirety of our lives. On …

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About Economy and Sustenance: Judaism, Society, and Economics

Aharon Ariel Lavi Monday, May 7, 2018
7:00 PM at Temple Solel map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Aharon Ariel Lavi   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Aharon Ariel Lavi for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, About Economy and Sustenance: …

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Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

Jeremy Dauber Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:00 PM at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Jeremy Dauber   Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Professor Jeremy Dauber for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, Jewish Comedy: A Serious History. …

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