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Kabbalah Part 2: From The Zohar to Modern Mindfulness

Tuesdays, January 14 through February 11 | 9:30-11:00 am

This class, a continuation of last year’s popular Kabbalah class will explore the growth of Jewish mystical thought from the Zohar (12th century) through Lurianic Kabbalah (16th century), the fluorescence of modern Hasidism and rise of contemporary Jewish movements of spiritual renewal. Through text and mystical techniques participants will explore the power of kabbalah to center one’s soul, providing answers to why there is evil and suffering, and giving us the power to live a life of cosmic purpose and meaning.

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Love is Stronger than Hate: A True Story of How to Win Over an Antisemite

MLK Jr. Day - January 20, 7:30 pm
Speaker: David Arbitol

Come to this special speaker who will wrap up our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with remarks about how he influenced Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of the founder of the antisemitic and anti-gay Westboro Baptist church to abandon the church and dedicate her life to kindness, righteousness and an embrace of human dignity.  The story is so compelling that it is being made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, but you will want to hear it directly from the man who helped change the direction of someone’s life and who showed how love is stronger than hate.

Founder and Editor of, one of the internet’s oldest, and edgiest Jewish blogs, David is a Canadian-born Israeli who offers an alternative means and methodology of communication that fosters more effective dialogue through an emphasis on shared humanity, good intentions and mutual respect, all firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, values and unity.

David will inspire us to move beyond divisive and often hurtful discourse to real engagement with others – even those with whom we strongly disagree.  

Go here to see a brief video about the relationship between David and Megan click here.

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Shabbat at Home

Instead of coming to synagogue, let the shul come to you.  "Shabbat at Home" is an innovative program that encourages people to join together in celebrating the coming of Shabbat with song,  a shared meal and light study with one of the rabbis.  Anywhere from 5 to 7 families (or up to 14 individuals) can join together to have Shabbat in this intimate experience.  If you are interested in volunteering to host please be in touch either one of the rabbis.

Fri, July 3 2020 11 Tammuz 5780