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STORIES OF ISRAEL
A journey to the heart of Israel

Sun., April 18 - Sun., April 25
The Anne Klaber Memorial L'dor Va Dor Lecture Series 

Come have an encounter with Israel unlike any other. Through personal stories, we will confront the larger issues facing Israeli and Jewish society today: Race, Gender, Religious Pluralism, Sexual Identity, Palestinian Identity, the IDF, and Immigration.

During each session, we will watch a short documentary on an Israeli personality, then a lecture about the underlying topic, followed by a live Q & A with the person from the documentary.

Sponsored by Stephen and Mona Klaber and family

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Addressing Racism: Transforming Awareness Into Action

We hope to achieve greater sensitivity to and language for talking about racism but we also want to take concrete actions. We recognize that many Jews have parallel identities – one that benefits from white privilege (for those Jews who are white) and one that has a history of oppression, antisemitism. The internal work will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of this duality, both its benefits and its complications, and exploring how we can use our unique Jewish sensitivity to oppression to work against racism. We are on this journey together as a congregation. We hope to move forward thoughtfully, constructively, and with care. Whatever your knowledge base, background, or political affiliation, we are all learning together and we welcome you to join us.

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ONGOING PROGRAMMING

 

Torah for Today
with Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg
Wednesdays
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

For generations, Jews have lived their lives in conversation with Parshat HaShavua, the weekly Torah reading. Reading about the relationships of our ancestors to each other offered us a perspective on our own families. Hearing how the ancient Israelites became a nation, gave us the language to talk about the Jewish people and our place in the world. Questions about God, morality, leadership. what it means to be a human being and live a good life are all raised in the sweep of the year’s Torah reading cycle.

Each week we will look at selections from the Parshat HaShavua for the coming weekend along with ancient and modern commentary. Our learning will focus on deep understanding and connecting the themes of the weekly reading to what is going on today in our lives.

No experience necessary. All texts provided in English along with Hebrew. 

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood.

Contact hosting@csair.org for more information.

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Yiddish Vinkl
Sundays, 10:00 AM (approximately 90 minutes)
Enjoy the joys of Yiddish with a group that meets to schmooze together.
For more information and to confirm meeting dates, email
Charlie Goldfischer.

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Hug Ivri
Sundays, 11:00 AM
A Hebrew discussion group to talk about politics, literature, current events, and more.
For more information and to confirm meeting dates, email
Yaakov Taitz.

KIDS CORNER
programming for youth - teens

Contact Mason Voit for more information


CSAIR UNGALA TAKE 2

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Email Ellen Goldberg if you would like to get involved in the planning!

Communal Art Project!

Contact Mason Voit for more information.

There are so many foods associated with our Jewish experiences. They are connected to holidays and lifecycle celebrations. They remind us of people who are part of our Jewish lives and evoke powerful memories. These foods nourish our souls.

This community art project will focus on these themes.  We hope that collaborating on this project will bring us closer despite our physical distance and that when we return to our shul building, this art will remind us of our connection to one another and our Jewish tradition.  

Here's what we asked of participation:

What are the flavors, colors, smells? What experiences or memories are associated with these foods? Where and when did you prepare or eat this? Were you a child, at home, at a relative’s home, in a sukkah, at a Shabbat meal, in shul?

Think about how to represent this food and what it means to you. You may choose to take a photo of the food, preparing it, or of the ingredients. You may find an image online or from a book or magazine. You can draw it or paint it or write down the recipe. You can create a poem about it or write a descriptive paragraph about it. How you document this is your artistic choice. You can combine any of these suggestions or come up with your own!


Our Artist in Residence and
the Goal for the Art Project

Joy Langer is a teaching artist and member of our Hebrew School staff. She will create a slideshow gallery of the submissions and a mixed media work/collage comprised of our submissions in the project. We plan to share the piece when it is complete and have it ready to display when we are back in the shul building. Eventually, it will live in the kitchen, a place that we hope continues to be a place of gathering, learning, and community spirit.

You can see some of Joy’s work
here and on our Hebrew School Facebook page.

Thank you for being part of this project.

Barry Dov Katz, Rabbi
Mason Voit, Director of Jewish Education and Family Life
Joy Langer, Teaching Artist

Emunah Groups 2.0

Emunah groups have formed around a particular common interest and are welcoming new members. They meet approximately once a month.

Theater and music facilitated by Deborah Lupkin Ungar
Cooking/baking facilitated by Leona Chudy
Literature facilitated by Sharon Kern-Taub

Please email Abby Pitkowsky to be added to any of these groups.

Resources

Community Emergency Resource Guide
The Riverdale Clergy Conference has put together a document with resources for the community to utilize during this pandemic. The resources compiled in the document deal with many issues including domestic violence, worker's rights, childcare, financial needs, food assistance, housing, mental health resources, and more. Please click here.

Wed, April 14 2021 2 Iyyar 5781