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December 2017

Jewish Wisdom on Actualizing Your Unique Life Potential – Part 2

December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Please note the new dates for this series. Part 1 - Tuesday, December 12 Part 2 - Monday, December 18   A VBM Class with Rabbi Pinchas Allouche Rabbi Pinchas G. Allouche along with his wonderful wife Esther and their nine children, joined our community at its very inception. Rabbi Allouche, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, AZ, is a well-recognized rabbinic figure and a sought-after lecturer and popular author of many essays and writings on the Jewish…

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January 2018

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

January 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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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: How to Connect With God Every Time You Pray. About the Author: Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis was ordained from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He has dedicated his life to reaching out and touching Jewish souls. Rabbi Kunis possesses a passion for the mystical and a unique ability to inspire…

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

January 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis for a thought-provoking discussion on his latest book, Dancing With God: How to Connect With God Every Time You Pray. About the Author: Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis was ordained from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He has dedicated his life to reaching out and touching Jewish souls. Rabbi Kunis possesses a passion for the mystical and a unique ability to inspire with the depths of Torah.…

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

January 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Community Foundation, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd #202
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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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 to be commonplace. How do we harness our internal power, as well as the power that we amass, in a healthy and constructive way? Do there need to be checks in place for our leadership to succeed? The issue of power and authority in the rabbinate is as critically important today as it has…

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On the Road Again: Travel as Transformation in the Talmud

January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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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 experience, and a potential conduit for transformation. In this session, we’ll explore several stories from the Talmud that describe journeys the Rabbis took, the characters they met, and the lessons they learned in their travels—and what these lessons can teach us today! The session is open to all levels of experience with Talmud, and…

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Why Are There No Reform or Conservative Sephardic Movements

January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise valley, AZ 85253 United States
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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 two opposing religions, Islam and Christianity. Though both religions, as well as Judaism, are often bundled together as the Monotheistic or Abrahamic religions, there are fundamental differences between them. For better or worse, the unique characteristics of each dominant religion shaped the lives, cultures, and theology of its Jews. The rift which started…

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Tales on Saving Lives in Israel Through Inspiring Kidney Donations!

January 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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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 an unexpected way: from a country some of whose citizens were notoriously active in organ trafficking, it has become the country with the world’s highest percentage of altruistic kidney donors! Along with some enlightened and ground-breaking legislation, this is largely due to the activity of an Israeli nonprofit called Matnat Chaim (Hebrew for…

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

January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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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 Musar Movement can be effective in helping to develop compassion and other virtues, while also taking a critical look at the limits of compassion within this historic movement. Geoffrey D. Claussen is the Lori and Eric Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University. He was the founding…

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