FALL 2019 OFFERINGS
Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration
Sunday, November 10
2:00 – 4:00pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Temple Emanu-El is proud to present The Mitzvah Project, an engrossing one-person play and lecture, created and performed by Roger Grunwald. The Mitzvah Project is a dramatic exploration of the history – and tragedy – of tens of thousands of Germans of Jewish descent known by the Nazi’s as “Mischlinge”. The play and lecture engage several socio-historical issues: “Who decides the meaning of culture, race and ethnicity?” “How is one’s identity determined?” “Why do we demonize ‘the other?”
The program is free and open to the community. 11 years and older recommended (younger at parental discretion). This program is intended to spark inter-generational conversation.
Grunwald, a San Francisco native and the son of an Auschwitz survivor, has been touring The Mitzvah Project since 2014.
The play tells the story of a half-Jewish First Lieutenant serving in Hitler’s army. It is also about a Polish Jew from Bialystok who crosses paths with the Lieutenant during the darkest days of the Holocaust. Grunwald’s lecture explores the tragic back-story of the tens of thousands of half and quarter German Jews who served in the Wehrmacht. These so-called “Mischlinge” were the product of two centuries of German-Jewish assimilation, intermarriage, conversion and the striving of a people committed to calling the German Fatherland their home.
Over the last several years, The Mitzvah Project has been presented at Oxford University, University College London, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Stanford, the Claremont Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania, etc.
To learn more about The Mitzvah Project, go to www.themitzvah.org.
Make ’em Laugh: Great Comic Songs From the Stage and Screen, taught by Bonnie Weiss
November 19; December 3, 10, 17
$45 for nonmembers; $36 for members
In this 4-part series, we’ll explore the development and proliferation of the tunes that tickle our funny bones – from the scintillating – to the satiric – to the silly. We’ll look at how the comedy song emerged on the stage and screen and its many permutations through the years.
And, since many of the creators of these comic gems happen to be Jewish, we’ll look at how their religious and cultural; heritage influenced their work.
Plus, you’ll view performances of these delightful ditties by such legends as Danny Kaye, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Bert Lahr, Groucho Marx, and more…Included will be patter songs, charm songs, political satires, and songs that mock the art of songwriting itself.
Charles Michael Scholar-in-Residence
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah
Thursday, December 5 – Saturday, December 7
Thursday, December 5 7:00 -9:00pm – Young Adult Happy Hour Discussion: Human Rights for Israelis and Palestinians – A progressive Zionist Perspective – Location TBD
Friday, December 6 6:00pm One Shabbat Service: The Broken Shards/Seeking Tikkun: Human Rights – A T’ruah Call to Justice.
Friday, December 6 7:15 – 9:00pm: Dinner and discussion, expanding upon sermon content – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
$35 for nonmembers; $28 for members
Saturday, December 7 9:15-10:15am: Torah Study: Vayetze: Encountering the Past and Present – Jacob’s story
Saturday, December 7 4:00 – 6:00pm: Seudah Shlishit – How Progressives Embrace and Struggle with Zionism. (drinks and hors d’oeuvres) REGISTRATION REQUIRED $20 for nonmembers; $15 for members
Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which mobilizes a network of more than 2000 rabbis and cantors and their communities to bring a rabbinic moral voice to human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, both published by Jewish Lights.
Widely regarded as a leading voice on Judaism and social justice, she regularly lectures at synagogues, Jewish community centers, and conferences and has written about Jewish perspectives on social justice and human rights for more than two dozen publications. She has been named three times to the Forward’s list of 50 influential Jews, as well as to Newsweek’s list of the most influential rabbis.
Rabbi Jacobs holds rabbinic ordination and an MA in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Fellow; an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, and a BA from Columbia University. She is also a graduate of the Mandel Institute Jerusalem Fellows Program. She lives in New York with her husband, Rabbi Guy Austrian, and their two daughters.
This weekend is made possible by the generosity of the Charles Michael Lecture Fund.
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: Classes will resume again on November 6, 2019.
“Limonata and Learning,” one Wednesday a 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: Classes will resume again on October 23, 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.
To inquire about adult education, please contact Ariana Estoque, Director of Member Experience, at (415) 750-7552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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