Tuesday, August 31, 2021

High Holy Days Schedule Is Posted

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Shofar by slgckgc on Flickr, CC BY 2.0
We are so looking forward to seeing Rabbi Kalfus and Phyllis Meyers again! 

Check out our High Holy Days page to see our schedule. 

Again, we are having virtual services this year, and we would love for you to join us. If you haven't already, make arrangements to check out machzurim (High Holy Day prayerbooks). 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Rabbi Sim leading services and Torah study/Saturday services (beginning Fri, Aug 27)

On Friday, August 27, join us for services (in person and on Zoom) with Rabbi Caroline Sim of the ISJL. 

On Saturday, August 28, join us for Torah study and a Saturday service, too! Afterward, we will have our Taste of Greece luncheon with Rabbi Sim. 

Rabbi Caroline Sim


Bio: Rabbi Caroline Sim, Director of Rabbinic Services, Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Rabbi Caroline Sim was ordained in 2020 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, on the historic Cincinnati campus. Before beginning her rabbinical studies, she earned a Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, French Language, and European Studies from the Ohio State University. 
Rabbi Sim feels a deep commitment for bringing access to Judaism to all Jews, wherever they are located and whatever the size of their community. She has served as student rabbi for many congregations in varying regions, and also served the wider Cincinnati Jewish community through being an educator at Temple Sholom, and a lecture organizer at the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. When at home, Rabbi Sim enjoys pursuing her artistic interests, including painting and drawing. She is also in the process of becoming a Soferet, a female Hebrew Scribe.

(Bio from ISJL)


Read about us and follow us on Facebook. Join us for regular events (Friday services, Torah study, men's breakfasts) and special events (High Holy Days, holiday celebrations, book discussions, special programs, and visiting rabbis, educators, and speakers). Parents, contact us to learn about our religious school.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

High Holidays 5872 (2021) Schedule

As you probably know, we have decided to make our High Holidays Services virtual again this year. This decision was not taken lightly, but rather, is a consideration of the limitations of our small shul and the desire to preserve and protect the lives of our members in the midst of the recent COVID-19 Delta variant surge. 

Please go here for the High Holiday Services Schedule



Friday, May 7, 2021

Book Discussion: Dancing Arabs (Sun, June 6)

Dancing Arabs cover showing the shadow of a boy moving
(Available via paperback, Kindle, Audible, and MP3)

About Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua

From Publishers Weekly:

In Sayed Kashua’s debut novel, a nameless anti-hero contends with the legacy of a grandfather who died fighting the Zionists in 1948, and a father who was jailed for blowing up a school cafeteria in the name of freedom. When the narrator is granted a scholarship to an elite Jewish boarding school, his family rejoices, dreaming that he will grow up to be the first Arab to build an atom bomb. But to their dismay, he turns out to be a coward devoid of any national pride; his only ambition is to fit in with his Jewish peers who reject him. He changes his clothes, his accent, his eating habits, and becomes an expert at faking identities, sliding between different cultures, schools, and languages, and eventually a Jewish lover and an Arab wife.

With refreshing candor and self-deprecating wit, Dancing Arabs is a “chilling, convincing tale” of one man’s struggle to disentangle his personal and national identities, only to tragically and inevitably forfeit both (Publishers Weekly).Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an interesting discussion of Sayed Kashuah's book Dancing Arabs.


Time:  Sunday, June 6, at 3:00 p.m. Central 
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878

Read about us and follow us on Facebook. Join us for regular events (Friday services, Torah study, men's breakfasts) and special events (High Holy Days, holiday celebrations, book discussions, special programs, and visiting rabbis, educators, and speakers). Parents, contact us to learn about our religious school.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Rabbi Kalfus and Phyllis Meyers leading services and Torah study (beginning Fri, Apr 30)

On Friday, April 30, join us for Zoom services with Rabbi Arturo Kalfus and Jewish educator Phyllis Meyers, They will be conducting services remotely from Mexico, and they always bring with them, even remotely, a deep spirituality. Services will include live music. 

On Saturday, join us for Torah study led by Rabbi Kalfus (and likely Phyllis Meyers). 

Rabbi Arturo Kalfus and Educator Phyllis Meyers


Bio: Rabbi Arturo Kalfus and Educator Phyllis Meyers

Rabbi Kalfus served at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, CA, and before that at Temple Emanu-El in Oak, Park, MI. Born in Buenos Aires to Polish immigrants who survived the Holocaust, Rabbi Kalfus journeyed to Israel and then immigrated to the U.S. in 1983. He holds a B.A. with honors in Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rabbi Kalfus was ordained in 1992 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In addition, Rabbi Kalfus participated in a program on Language, Culture and Civilization at the Sorbonne in Paris, and performed doctoral work at Columbia University. He is a fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and completed professional development courses at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Institute, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School.

Rabbi Kalfus is married to Phyllis Meyers, who is trained in both Jewish education and special education. They are the parents of two adult children, Ari and Lilah.

(Adapted from text from Temple Ahavat Shalom)


Read about us and follow us on Facebook. Join us for regular events (Friday services, Torah study, men's breakfasts) and special events (High Holy Days, holiday celebrations, book discussions, special programs, and visiting rabbis, educators, and speakers). Parents, contact us to learn about our religious school.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Book Discussion: Khirbet Khizeh (Sun, Apr 18)

 

Khirbet Khizeh cover
(Available via paperback and Kindle)

About Khirbet Khizeh by S. Yizhar

From the Publisher:

It's 1948 and the Arab villagers of Khirbet Khizeh are about to be violently expelled from their homes. A young Israeli soldier who is on duty that day finds himself battling on two fronts: with the villagers and, ultimately, with his own conscience.

Published just months after the founding of the state of Israel and the end of the 1948 war, the novella Khirbet Khizeh was an immediate sensation when it first appeared. Since then, the book has continued to challenge and disturb, even finding its way onto the school curriculum in Israel. The various debates it has prompted would themselves make Khirbet Khizeh worth reading, but the novella is much more than a vital historical document: it is also a great work of art. Yizhar's haunting, lyrical style and charged view of the landscape are in many ways as startling as his wrenchingly honest view of modern Israel's primal scene.

Considered a modern Hebrew masterpiece, Khirbet Khizeh is an extraordinary and heartbreaking book that is destined to be a classic of world literature.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an interesting discussion of Yizhar's book Khirbet Khizeh.


Time:  Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 p.m. Central 
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878

Read about us and follow us on Facebook. Join us for regular events (Friday services, Torah study, men's breakfasts) and special events (High Holy Days, holiday celebrations, book discussions, special programs, and visiting rabbis, educators, and speakers). Parents, contact us to learn about our religious school.

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