Services and Events for this Shabbat (12/14)
SPECIAL GUEST KABBALAT SHABBAT: GUEST SPEAKER – 6:30 pm, Oneg to follow
Professor Joyce Antler, author of Jewish Radical Feminism – Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement, will speak during services and do a Q&A during the Oneg. We will discuss the role of Jewish women, and the connections with Jewish culture and values, in the women’s liberation movement and second-wave feminism. Dr. Joyce Antler is the Samuel J. Lane Professor Emerita of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor Emerita of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. She is the author of You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother (2007) and The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America (1997) and is the author or editor of many other books on American Jewish history and women’s history. All are welcome.
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE (Shacharit) – 9:30 am
One thing that has become clear is that for too many of our students, the ONLY Saturday morning services they attend are for their bat or bar mitzvah. This is a significant problem, and to address it, we decided to schedule two school-wide Saturday morning school services during this school year. The first one will be this Saturday, Dec 15th, the next will be on March 16th. The service will be modeled on the b’nei mitzvah services, and will include a Torah service. Different classes are expected to lead various parts of the service, so it is important that you and your students do your best to attend. Although this is a school-wide service, everyone is encourage to attend to support our Religious School children.
TORAH STUDY & HAVDALAH – 4:00 PM
Due to our extend morning service this Shabbat, our Torah study will be held later in the day and will be followed by Havdalah. This week’s portion is Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27). We’ll look at both modern scholarship, traditional commentary, and considering how these ancient texts can help us explore our own spiritual lives, our values, and what it means to be human. Please plan to join us!