Emanu-El Reads Spring Book: History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty” (Newsday).
Book Group Meeting Date: TBD
Rise of Anti-Semitism in America Vs Europe
Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Martin Meyer Sanctuary
In recent years, both America and Europe have seen a drastic increase of antisemitic vandalism, acts of violence and political rhetoric. What was once hidden is now at the forefront of our communities. But are we talking about the same phenomenon? Is what we watch in cities like Paris or Berlin comparable to Pittsburg? And how alarmed should we be? How can we do more to counter it? Come and be a part of this exploration and conversation with two renowned experts for both continents.
Seth Brysk is the ADL Central Pacific Regional Director, based in San Francisco, serving Northern California, Utah, and Hawai’i. He is one of the Jewish community’s primary interlocutors with diplomats; local, state and federal officials; clergy; and ethnic leaders promoting civil rights, justice and fair treatment for all. Previously, he was the AJC Regional Director in Los Angeles, JCRC Israel Center Director in Boston, and San Francisco Hillel Executive Director.
Brysk is a dual US-Israel citizen who completed service in the Israel Defense Forces and organized Palestinian-Israeli dialogue groups. He served as a cabinet member of the American Zionist Movement, provisional delegate to the State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom, and representative to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. In 2013, the Republic of Poland awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit for advancing Polish-American and Polish-Jewish relations. He writes and lectures about a range of issues including the Middle East, anti-Semitism, civil rights, hatred, and extremism. He earned degrees from UC Berkeley in Political Science with honors and from Tel Aviv University in International Relations with a concentration in Conflict Resolution.
Rabbi Andrew Baker is AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs. In 2009, he was appointed Personal Representative on Combating Anti-Semitism of the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and continues to serve in this position. He is an officer of the Jewish Claims Conference and has served on restitution and historical commissions in the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia. In recognition of his work in Europe, he was decorated by the Presidents of Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Romania. He is a past President of the Interfaith Conference of Washington, a former Commissioner of the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission, a past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis and a former chaplain at San Quentin Prison.
This event is co-sponsored by the AJC.
Friday, June 14, 7:15 – 9:00 pm
Dinner + Lecture, immediately following services:
$25 for members; $35 for nonmembers
Rabbi Sabath will speak during the One Shabbat service on June 14 on the subject: Does God Matter Now?
What if you had a serious relationship with God? What if we understood ourselves as individuals and as a community as part of a Covenant? With each other, with God and with ourselves? Answering these questions is the basis for Covenant Theology, the idea that we are in Covenantal relationship and that it matters in every area of our lives. Rabbi Sabath will share insights on three major Covenant theologians and why God might matter to us, especially now.
After services, at a Shabbat dinner (advanced registration required), Rabbi Sabath will follow-up on her sermon and present on the subject: The Meaning of the Hour: On Jewish Ethics in Times of Distress. A discussion will take place on what we might learn from the rabbinic leaders of other ages in facing the crises and challenges of our current age. Space is limited. Please register early.
Rabbi Sabath is a visionary thought leader, institutional builder, a strategic innovator and public speaker. Most recently Rabbi Sabath led a four-campus team at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions. In 2013 she was appointed President’s Scholar and most recently was also appointed Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics. Rabbi Sabath taught courses on liturgy, modern Jewish thought, gender, and theology at HUC for over 16 years.
Prior to HUC, Rabbi Sabath served as Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and for over a decade as a member of the Institute’s faculty. Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Sabath also earned a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Sabath is a senior fellow of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, an alumna of the Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Rabbi Sabath lived in Israel for nearly 15 years and currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.
Monthly Learning Opportunities
“Brown Bag,” first Wednesday in the library at Temple Emanu-El
Join Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.
Next Date: On summer hiatus. We will resume classes again in October 2019.
“Limonata and Learning,” first Wednesday of the Month in Marin
Join Emanu-El clergy on one Wednesday a month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today’s events to a cultural or spiritual discussion.
Next Class: On summer hiatus. We will resume classes again in October 2019.
Our lectures feature outstanding speakers who will engage in intriguing and thought-provoking conversations about contemporary topics vital to our community and to our lives. Please visit our Lectures page.
At Emanu-El, we are an active community of lifelong Jewish learners – in the endless pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge our own long-held beliefs. Our shared desire for knowledge and for community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a congregation. Emanu-El thrives when we are learning together. We hope that you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us on a thought-provoking and powerful Jewish journey.
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