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December 2018

Jewish Identity and Justice

December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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KAUFMAN

Rooted in the week's Parsha, we will explore the text through lenses of Jewish Identity, Community and Justice. *Note: This event begins at 2pm instead of the usual 1pm! ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ilana Kaufman is a Berkeley-based community relations professional. She is a Schusterman Fellow, public speaker, occasional author, strategic designer, planner and problem solver. Ilana works with Jewish organizations and philanthropic entities navigating the intersection of Jewish community, Jewish identity and racial justice.

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A Community of ‘Others’: Jews, Peoplehood, and Justice

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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KAUFMAN

Together we will explore the multi-layered complexities of social identities and what it means for Jewish communities to be inclusive, exclusive, and expansive. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ilana Kaufman is a Berkeley-based community relations professional. She is a Schusterman Fellow, public speaker, occasional author, strategic designer, planner and problem solver. Ilana works with Jewish organizations and philanthropic entities navigating the intersection of Jewish community, Jewish identity and racial justice.

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January 2019

A Jewish Approach to the Afterlife

January 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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spiritual

Angels with harps? Fluffy clouds? The pearly gates? In the popular imagination, these symbols represent a vision of “heaven,” but do they correspond to the Jewish vision of the afterlife? This panel breaks down Jewish views of eschatology and dispels popular notions of what the afterlife looks like from a Jewish perspective. Panelists will discuss how Jewish tradition views life after death while also meditating on responses to mortality in contemporary society. Left to Right: Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation…

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Existentialist Messianism

January 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Fleischacker

Martin Buber ended a 1909 lecture he gave in Prague with a parable suggesting that each of us is responsible for bringing the Messiah. Some years later, Franz Kafka - who may have been in Buber's audience - wrote a famous story that echoes Buber's parable in striking ways. A little later, Walter Benjamin wrote what looks like a riff on it. We'll look at all three texts, plus the Talmudic passage on which Buber was drawing, and consider whether…

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Maimonides on Who Wrote the Torah

January 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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Fleischacker

Maimonides says in his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Mishneh Torah that Moses wrote every word of the Torah at the dictation of God. But Maimonides also says that God can't talk, and that anyone who thinks God can talk is an idolater. So what exactly does Maimonides mean by describing Moses as a scribe who wrote down God's words? This talk will try to explain that, in the context of other things Maimonides says, and argue that, properly…

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Etrog: How a Chinese Fruit Became a Jewish Symbol

January 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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Moster_DZ

Every year before the holiday of Sukkot, Jews all around the world purchase an etrog—a lemon-like fruit—to participate in the holiday ritual. In this book, David Z. Moster tracks the etrog from its evolutionary home in Yunnan, China, to the lands of India, Iran, and finally Israel, where it became integral to the Jewish celebration of Sukkot during the Second Temple period. Moster explains what Sukkot was like before and after the arrival of the etrog, and why the etrog’s…

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Messillat Yesharim- Reading Classical Texts with a Contemporary Philosophic Lens

January 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Stone_Ira

The most difficult task in reading classical texts is that of translation. Not from one language to another, but from one cultural context to another. Literal readings tend to miss the nuance and metaphor that one generation takes for granted, but becomes frozen over time. I will try to demonstrate how using a contemporary philosophic lens to read one particular classical text opens it up for contemporary understanding and serves as a model for reading such texts generally. ABOUT THIS…

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The Greatest Jewish Philosopher That Nobody’s Heard Of: A Meeting with Emmanuel Levinas

January 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Stone_Ira

Although widely known in the world of contemporary secular philosophy, the work of the French-Jewish philosopher, Emanuel Levinas, is hardly known at all in the Jewish world. His work has made little or no impact on contemporary Jewish discourse. Yet, his work is deeply grounded in Jewish texts and thought and, more importantly, offers a powerful way of approaching Jewish life in the post Shoa world. I will try to introduce his life and work and discuss why it is…

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