Shabbat Learning is currently suspended, along with other Shabbat programming due to health recommendations in regards to COVID-19. We are working on bringing some of these educational opportunities to you online, at other times during the week.
Shabbat Learning happens on Saturdays at 1:15 PM in the Beit Midrash following Kiddush Lunch. No charge.
March 28, 2020: Living in Limbo: An Intimate Discussion with a Seattle DACA Recipient
Join Immigrant Rights Advocate and Community Organizer Graciela Nuñez Pargas, who will share her experience with being undocumented in this country. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Graciela grew up in Miami, Florida before her family settled in Seattle, Washington. Graciela was 7 years old when her family left Venezuela for the United States and she grew up undocumented. Upon graduating from Interlake High School she was granted protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which changed her life completely. An alumna from the University of Washington, B.A Political Science, Graciela began organizing “Purple Group”, an undocumented student support group at UW where she met other students overcoming similar obstacles, and persevering. In her experience, Graciela’s family faces many challenges as undocumented immigrants, alongside millions of other families, but she refuses to allow fear and hate overwhelm her efforts as she fights for justice and equal rights for immigrants and refugees.
This learning is part of our HIAS Refugee & Immigrant Shabbat, a weekend of learning into action. Find out more about the weekend’s other learning opportunities here.
April 11, 2020: 5780: The Year of Environmental Teshuva – Regenerative Agriculture
Tamar Libicki will present about the practice of regenerative agriculture, which is a farming approach used to enrich the soil. Regenerative agriculture can be done in many ways but has the power to sequester carbon from the atmosphere to combat climate change, build up resiliency to climate change by improving soil water retention and flood risk reduction, and increase nutrition in food. Year of Environmental Teshuva meets the 2nd Shabbat of each month.
April 18, 2020: Comforting Mourners
Join Amee Sherer to explore the mitzvah of nichum aveilim (comforting mourners). This is an opportunity to learn about how to make a shivah visit and what to expect, and also to learn about the opportunities to serve in a leadership capacity as a Mitzvah Corps representative or minyan leader.
April 25, 2020: Prayer Shawls: Making Space for Prayer in Modern Jewish Poetry
Professor Naomi Sokoloff will explore: how can modern poems (by Avraham Shlonsky, Yehuda Amichai, Myra Sklarew, Yehoshua November, and Hava Pinhas-Cohen) help us understand the significance of the prayer shawl in Jewish culture? This talk focuses on modern literature that revisits and reconsiders traditional Jewish prayer. Through discussion of work by Americans and Israelis, we can discover not only how contemporary writers reinterpret foundational texts of Judaism, but also how recent poems in English and Hebrew enter into conversation with one another.
Professor Naomi Sokoloff teaches Hebrew, modern Jewish literature, and Israeli culture at the University of Washington. Her book, What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew (And What It Means to Americans), co-edited with Nancy E. Berg, won a 2019 National Jewish Book Award.
May 16, 2020: Rivkin Center Can-Can Workshop
The Rivkin Center’s mission is to educate women (and men!) from all walks of life and across all ages on the risks, prevention methods, and sign and symptoms of breast and ovarian cancer. During this fun, frank workshop, health instructors and facilitators share their cancer journey and educate on ovarian and breast health through games and Q&A segments. Attendees are given tools to assess their personal risk for ovarian and breast cancer. All are welcome.
Find out more about the Rivkin Center here.
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January 18, 2020: Forum on Homelessness with Mary Anne DeVry
Mary Anne currently oversees WIN (Westside Interfaith Network), which is a group of 20+ congregations working together to provide a “network” of help and services for people in need throughout our community via: emergency financial assistance, hands-on ministry, support for local human service agencies, advocacy, community education and involvement on justice issues. She represents WIN in numerous City and interfaith groups.