We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Daniel Nevins as the 5779 Bierman Scholar in Residence, February 8-9, 2019

 

Rabbi  Daniel Nevins is the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School. He also serves as dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, which includes the H.L. Miller Cantorial School, the Center for Pastoral Education, and the Block-Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts. A graduate of JTS and of Harvard College, where he studied Middle Eastern History, he worked for 13 years as rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, MI. A scholar of contemporary Jewish law, Rabbi Nevins serves on The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, for which he has written responsa on topics of science, technology, bioethics, sexuality and disability. His writings can be found at www.rabbinevins.com. Rabbi Nevins lives in NYC with his family.

 

Scholar in Residence Weekend Schedule:

All Scholar in Residence lectures are free and open to the public. There is a $25/person charge for the Friday Night dinner.

Friday, February 8:

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 5:00pm

Shabbat Dinner, 6:15pm: Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Dinner is $25/person. Meal is catered by Madison Park Catering.

Learning, 8pm: Is Clean Meat Kosher? Pareve? Connecting the Latest Food Technology to Jewish Ethics and Law

 

Saturday, February 9:

Shabbat Services, beginning at 9:30am

D’var Torah, by Rabbi Daniel Nevins

Kiddush Lunch, 12:15pm

Learning, 1:15pm: AI, Yai-Yai! The Nexus between Artificial Intelligence and Halakhah

Havdalah, Prayers and Program, 7:30pm: Blessed Like the Sand of the Sea and Stars of the Sky: The Natural Environment and Jewish Prayer

 


We are excited to be hosting Rabbi Samuel Klein and Rabbi Gilah Kletenik for Shabbat, December 14-15.

Guest Darshan: Rabbi Samuel Klein – D’var Torah: Deep Calls Unto Deep
Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. A rabbi, educator and artist, Samuel holds Masters degrees in Theology from Cambridge University and History of Art from University College London. A lecturer and writer on religion and the arts, Samuel trained as a teaching artist at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to his move stateside, Samuel was director of a contemporary art gallery in London and a specialist at Sotheby’s in Hebrew rare books and manuscripts.

After Kiddush Lunch learning with Rabbi Gilah Kletenik
Facing the Other: Fraternity & Fratricide in Focus from 1:15pm in the Beit Midrash
Rabbi Gilah Kletenik is a Jewish educator, rabbi, and academic. She is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University where she focuses on philosophy and Jewish thought. Gilah was featured as a young leader re-imagining Jewish life in The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” is an inaugural recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize, and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow.


On Friday night, Erev Shabbat, November 30, 2018, Beth Shalom families will gather in homes all over Seattle to bring in Shabbat together! Please join us! Would you like to host a Shabbat dinner?  If so, fill out our survey here. The deadline to sign up to host is Friday, November 16, 2018.
Or, are you interested in being a guest at a fellow congregant’s table? If so, fill out our survey here. The deadline to sign up to be a guest is Sunday, November 18, 2018.
Questions or looking for more information?


TRAINING IS POSTPONED. NEW DATE COMING SOON!

 

Interested in fighting discrimination and bias? Join us for a free Bystander Intervention Training with facilitator Krystal Marx.

 

In this highly interactive training, Washington Initiative (WAI) Head Trainer Krystal Marx will help participants better understand what “bystander apathy” is, and why we fall back into it when something happens. We will then focus on ways to step in that empower the person being targeted, how to confront the harasser, and how to know when to do so. Event is free of charge.

 


Joshua Safran is an author, attorney and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse. His 7-year legal odyssey to free a Deborah Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence, was featured in the award-winning documentary film, Crime After Crime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Safran’s critically-acclaimed book, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid, chronicling his remarkable childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a “beautiful, powerful memoir. . . reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review). Join us to hear Joshua talk about his experiences working to free Peagler and own personal story of resilience overcoming the most eccentric and harrowing of childhoods.
This gathering is made possible by Jewish Family Service.


Some art historians consider Rembrandt the greatest Bible artist of all times and many studies have been written on his innovative and personal view of the biblical stories and heroes. It is no wonder that many Jews in modern times have been fascinated by Rembrandt’s thoughtful interpretation of the dramatic events in their “ancient history,” identified with his turbulent life, and attracted to the stories about his contacts with Jews at the time. A central question that remains a puzzle to this day, however, is if and how was the artist’s religious art indeed influenced by his encounter with the vibrant Jewish community of Amsterdam, comprised of Portuguese Marranos who returned to Judaism in Holland and Ashkenazim, driven from other countries by persecution. Despite recent attempts to “demystify” the association of Rembrandt with the Jews of his time, his fine work during the height of his career in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter left indelible marks on his art. This feature can be most strongly demonstrated, as we will explore in the lecture, through his sophisticated usage of Hebrew phrases in some of his most famous biblical paintings.

Shalom Sabar, Ph.D. (1987), Art History, University of California Los Angeles; Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Research and publications concentrate on Jewish art and folk art, material culture, ceremonies, rituals and customs of Jewish communities in the life and year cycles; Jewish magic and ephemeral materials; Bible and Jerusalem in art; the relationships of Jewish art and folklore with the cultures of the host societies in Christian Europe and the Islamic East.

Professor Sabar’s talk begins right after the KOGO truck…
KOGO Food Truck at the CBS Sukkah
Thursday, 9/27,  5:00-7:30pm
Come buy a Kosher meat dinner from KOGO, Seattle’s brand-new kosher food truck!  Eat, schmooze, and  enjoy in the Beth Shalom sukkah, with Israeli pop music in the background.
All ages welcome; we’ll also have a sukkah-decorating craft for kids (and adults)!


Leda Zacharison, from Earth Ministry, will join us after Kiddush Lunch in the Beit Midrash, to teach us about the state’s Carbon Tax initiative, I 1631, which will be on the ballot in November.


It is traditional to visit the cemetery the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; called Kever Avot, the literal translation is “graves of the fathers.”

That particular date we honor our loved ones who now sleep with their elders.  At the Beit Shalom cemetery section of Abbey View Cemetery, we will have a brief ceremony led by Sharon Greenberg.

Included will be time to visit a specific gravesite or especially a grave of someone whose relatives are many miles away.  Come and join your fellow congregants.


Bring your sunscreen, towels, and sand toys along and join CBS and SJCS as we welcome Noam Rinat, CBS and SJCS Shinshinit 2018-2019, to Seattle.


Meet us at 6:00pm at View Ridge Park on NE 70th St between 43rd and 45th Ave NE .
We’ll provide the main dish and ritual items.  You bring a vegetarian side, dessert or drinks.

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