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October 2018

OPENING LECTURE OF THE SEASON – Wise Aging: Getting Good at Getting Older!

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Geller_Laura

Occasionally, we meet an older person we admire and think: “I want to be like her when I grow up. I want to be wise, joyful, grateful, compassionate, patient, funny, curious, optimistic!” As Estelle Reiner said in the classic deli scene from When Harry Met Sally: “I want what she’s having.” The question for us as we get older is: what do I need to do now to become the eighty-five-year-old I someday hope to be? What work do I have to…

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What Does a Jewish Community Really Look Like?

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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community

The Torah teaches that people are not meant to go through this world alone. Yet, too often, we struggle to engage with a definition of a "Jewish establishment" because of the decentralized nature of Jewish community structures. This panel explores the manifold definitions of community and how one can feel connected beyond traditional offerings. Panelists Sandy Adler of Limmud AZ, Debbie Yunker Kail, from Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University, and Rabbi John Linder of Temple Solel. Facilitated…

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Who Gave You Permission? The Memoir of a Child Sexual-Abuse Survivor Who Fought Back

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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manny waks

Manny Waks was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, the second oldest of 17 children. As an adolescent he was sexually abused at the religious school across the road from where he lived. Betrayed by those he trusted, Manny rebelled against his way of life, though he later went on to become a prominent Jewish community leader. In mid-2011 Manny went public about his experiences to bring justice to the abusers, and those who covered up their crimes. For his…

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Unequal Justice?: Jew/Non-Jew Distinctions in Civil and Criminal Halakha

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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Linzer Rabbi Dov

One of our basic democratic principles is that everyone deserves equal treatment under the law. In religious law, however, there tends to be a privileging of those who are members of the faith over those who are not. While this makes sense in matters of ritual, it would seem deeply unfair, indeed unethical, to apply such distinctions to matters of civil and criminal law. In this lecture, we will see how halakha initially gave warrant for unequal treatment of non-Jews…

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Jews on the Big Screen: Understanding New Israeli Film and Television

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Secunda

Israeli film and television has come a long long way since its humble and scrappy beginnings. It has become smart and savvy and a source of pride and fascination for many Jews tuning in around the globe - especially religious Americans. What might it all for understanding Israeli culture and ourselves? ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Shai Secunda is the Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Department of Religion. He earned his PhD at…

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Iran is Closer Than You Think: The ‘Iranian’ Talmud

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

As its very name indicates, the Talmud Bavli was produced in Babylonia in the centuries following the compilation of the Mishnah. But politically and culturally speaking, Talmudic Babylonia was actually at the center of a powerful IranianEmpire. What happens when we approach the Talmud as a product of Iran - for our learning, and for our self-understanding? ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Shai Secunda is the Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Department of…

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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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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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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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