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June 2016

Sat, June 4, 2016
9:15 AM

Torah Study with Rabbi Yael

This week, Torah study will be led by Rabbi Yael.

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September 2016

Tue, September 6, 2016
7:30 PM

The Lights of Teshuva with Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky

R. Avraham Isaac HaKohen Kook (1865-1935) was one of deepest spirits and most poetic thinkers in modern Judaism. In addition to his theology, his Zionism and his Halakhic leadership, Rav Kook was a profound guide for the process of repentance. Join Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky to study some of Rav Kook's writings on this theme.

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Sat, September 24, 2016
10:00 PM

Tales of Teshuva

The Chassidic tradition made story-telling a central religious expression with unprecedented intensity and depth. To begin the season of repentance, Joshua Halberstam will share with us tales of self-scrutiny and return.

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September 2017

Sat, September 16, 2017
9:45 PM

Unetaneh Tokef: Living in Clay Houses

Saturday night, September 16 Learning at 9:45pm Selichot Services at 11pm Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Chazzan Hirschhorn to explore the meaning and music of the most religiously challenging yet most spiritually stirring passage in the High Holiday prayer book. What does Unetaneh Tokef really mean? Why and how does it move us so? How do its words and the musical versions through the ages combine for poetic power?

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November 2017

Tue, November 7, 2017
8:15 AM

A Taste of the Zohar: Early Morning Study

Join us monthly, after morning minyan, for coffee and bagels and to learn with Rabbi Kalmanofsky. This year, we will have a taste of The Holy Zohar, the "Bible" of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Thanks to the masterful translation by Daniel Matt, now English speakers can experience the most beautiful Jewish book ever written.

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Mon, November 27, 2017
7:00 PM

Open Your Hands: Tzedaka Priorities and Values For End-Of-Year Giving

REGISTER HERE. American households will give more than $90 billion in charitable gifts this December, nearly one-third of all their private donations. As Jews, what are our tzedaka priorities? How do our choices express our values? Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky to study some classical Jewish texts and discuss how to decide our own tzedaka decisions.

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Tue, November 28, 2017
7:30 PM

Oy, Caramba!

Jewish Latin American fiction, ranging across many countries, is a rich trove of literary achievement. In this guided reading group, we will be reading stories in translation from Oy Caramba! a critical anthology edited by Ilan Stavans. Josh Hanft will facilitate the discussions. Please consider purchasing a copy of the book in advance of the first class. To see the stories that will be read, click here

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December 2017

Reading Time at AC
Mon, December 11, 2017
7:30 PM

Keeping Up With The Kinder: Judaism Crash Course

Join Rabbi Yael for a “Judaism Crash Course” geared at parents who would like to strengthen their own Jewish knowledge, skills and comfort level. Open to individuals of any religious background. We will explore the Jewish holiday cycle and synagogue building, navigate through the Siddur (prayer book) and Chumash (Bible), and work together to connect with what our kids are learning in their Jewish education. Contact Rabbi Yael to join the fun.

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January 2018

Wed, January 24, 2018
7:00 PM

Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky

This year we will study material from the first chapters of Bava Batra (in the Artscroll Talmud available at West Side Judaica or online) about the duties that neighbors have regarding each other's property. These sections will have interesting implications for economic competition, environmental safeguards and communal welfare in the modern age.

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February 2018

Thu, February 8, 2018
7:00 PM

Keeping Food Sacred In A Non-Kosher World

Nowadays, strict Kashrut is less common than among our ancestors: only 31 percent of American Conservative Jews keep Kosher homes. But the need to sanctify our eating is as spiritually crucial as ever. In this series, we will discuss the classical norms as well as basic choices people might make to incorporate mindfulness, ethics and traditional Jewish norms into their lives. Even for those who do not keep strict Kashrut, there are many mitzvot to do. Judaism is never "all…

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