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October 2018

Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity at Home

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Valley Beit Midrash, 4645 E. Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Suggested Donation: $25
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ABOUT THE EVENT: Art, technology and science are great areas to develop your child’s creativity and imagination. In this session, you will learn how to use methods such as questioning, providing feedback and creating home projects to inspire your child to think and do things more creatively. ABOUT Dr. Vaisben: In 2006, Eran earned his Master Degree in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Between 2006 and 2015, he served as the Education Director at two…

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Jewish Social Justice: What Type of Courage Do We Need Today?

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Suggested Donation: $18

Social justice is imbued in Jewish thought. Indeed, We learn that no less than thirty-six times throughout the Torah, we are commanded to love and protect the stranger, the refugee, and the immigrant. This panel asks the big question: Has our community lived up to this biblical mandate in the pursuit of justice for all? During the course of the night, the panelists will explore the dimensions of Jewish social justice from both a contemporary and traditional perspective. And, in…

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Making Enemies into Friends

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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Suggested Donation: $18
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This lecture will be an articulation of the Torah's mandates toward encountering our enemies and transforming them into friends, including the exception for the category of Amalek, and the reasons for this. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D is the President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Ordained at Yeshiva University, he holds a doctorate in Mythology/Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has taught Myth, Literature and Religious Studies; Jung and Freud, and Kabbalah. He has…

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Kabbala and Consciousness

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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Suggested Donation: $18
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This lecture will be on the dynamics of practical Kabbala as a growth system creating consciousness in the realm of the intellect, the emotions, and in concrete action. It will utilize the Sefirot, the Hebrew Alphabet as a path towards individuation, and allow for greater awareness of imbalances and the 'shadow,' through study and meditation. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D is the President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Ordained at Yeshiva University, he holds a doctorate…

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About Economy and Sustenance: Judaism, Society, and Economics

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Suggested Donation: $18
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The economic forces are among the strongest forces at play in human society. In every purchase, sale, commercial viewed and even in the reading of these lines lies an economic activity that shapes the face of society. There are many ways to manage and examine the economy, and although their implementation requires scientists, essentially these are ethical decisions on cultural, social and spiritual dilemmas. This book aims to discover the contribution of the Jewish cultural world to economic thought and…

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Saving Seeds: A Revived Historical Jewish Agricultural Settlement in New Jersey Takes on Climate Change

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Suggested Donation: $18
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This lecture will describe the efforts of the Alliance Community Reboot (ACRe) organization to rebuild a Jewish community farm on the land where the Alliance Colony was founded in 1882 as one of the first Jewish agricultural settlements in the United States. This farm, which remains in the hands of descendants of one of the original settlers of the Alliance Colony, neighbors a historic synagogue and Jewish cemetery. This historic setting informs the vision for the organization but the goals…

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Sacred and Sustainable Space: Ancient Agriculture and Innovative Judaism

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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Suggested Donation: $18
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This lecture will offer insight into how Jewish community farms have become a site for North American Jews to enact their values, express their Jewish identities, and reconnect with agricultural aspects of Jewish tradition long marginalized through centuries of Jewish life in the Diaspora. Driven by concerns about environmental degradation, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, and food insecurity, Jews in North American have created alternative spaces and innovative Jewish practices. In these spaces, Jews rethink what it means to be Jewish…

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November 2018

LGBT Shabbat

November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Private Residence,
Suggested Donation: $36
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A Shabbat dinner for LGBTQ+ Jew & allies to join together, reflect, renew our spiritual selves, and brainstorm ways to build our community and create meaningful change together! We are here to listen to you and support you! This will be a safe space to discuss personal feelings, a chance to offer support, and a night to ensure that everyone's identity is valued and treasured. So join Valley Beit Midrash for this special, open, warm, and pluralistic Shabbat experience! Cost…

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