Rabbi Robin Podolsky’s popular series is back for another round.
New Ten Class Series begins Saturday, July 12 from 4:30-6:30 PM
July 12 through September 13
Dive right in, you don’t need to have been in section one to take this class. We’ll continue to showcase a range of contemporary thinkers such as Levinas, Buber, Heschel, Adler, Pelligrini, Rosenzweig and more and study contemporary approaches to particular issues and challenges of our day.
This class meets after Rabbi Robin’s class on the Liturgy of Shabbat Morning.
The 20th and 21st Centuries have been times of tremendous change. The advent of Modernity, with its urbanization, technological achievements has created new opportunities for development and also new dangers. The trauma of the Shoah continues to resonate in Jewish life. The release of Jewish creativity and integration into society with the rise of Postmodernity and (in some quarters) an appreciation for diversity has come with its own opportunities and dangers. How to proceed? Has our ancient tradition anything to say about these new issues? Major Jewish thinkers insist that it does, and we will look to their work for new ideas. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that this group will begin a new phase July 12 and you can join in.
Adult learning is blossoming forth at TBI. Since last fall, Rabbi Robin Podolsky has led a group almost every Sunday morning in a survey of the liturgy of the Shabbat morning. This group has ebbed and flowed through the service, taking important excursions into questions of belief, faith and historicity. The group members have bonded and created a true “ chevra” environment – a group of friends learning Torah together.
Sessions will be held Saturday afternoons from 2PM-4PM after services and kiddush lunch. The focus will remain mostly on exploring the liturgy and its content. But, this group LOVES to explore so your interests and questions are also welcomed. All levels of experience and observance welcome.
What Do We Say When We Pray?
Prayer is a key practice that binds us as a community and in relation to God. Much of our liturgy has been constructed by our Rabbis from those texts that they believed to be vital expressions of our relationship with God. As we learn these prayers, we have an opportunity to be deliberate with our kavanah, to think through the worldviews expressed through the prayers and the way of life they suggest. Continue reading
Z’man matan Torah! The holiday of Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) is nearly upon us. The spring air is warming toward summer. Rebirth and new growth are bursting forth in front of our eyes. These days are the z’man matan Torah – the moment of standing before Mount Sinai and receiving the flow of wisdom, understanding and knowledge (chochma, binah and daat) that comes us via Torah.
This Spring and Summer we have some special learning opportunities for you:
All classes will be held at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock
It’s a revelatory happening, a slumber party, a cheesecake extravaganza, a prayer
service, a night of learning…..it’s the TBI Tikkun Leyl Shavuot!
Rabbi Robin Podolsky and Friends present our first Tikkun Leyl Shavuot experience – comraderie, prayer, cheese cake, sleep over, midnight yoga, text study, music, chanting, stargazing, moonviewing, sunrise service and Ten Commandments reciting – all for $18 for adults and $10 for kids.
Tuesday, June 3, Erev Shavuot, from 6:30PM until Wednesday morning 8:00AM. Stay the whole night or just as long as you want. Most participants will spend the night at TBI
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Few Jewish personalities have had the impact of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772 – 1810) . He may have been the most important European Jewish figure between the Baal Shem Tov ( 1760’s) and Theodore Herzl ( 1890’s).
As his short but prolific life approached its end, he moved from commentaries and drashot to storytelling as the vehicle through which he shared his Torah. His last story, the “Tale of the Seven Beggars” serves as a powerful portal into his views of the Divine, the Kabbalah and how human beings can seek transformation, redemption and wonder. Continue reading
TORAH SCHOOL – SUNDAYS
Sunday, May 4th – TBI’s Big Sunday Community Service
On Sunday, May 4th, all children (including Gan/Mechina) should come to TBI as the starting point for Torah School. Parents can drop off the kids and then come back at 11AM to participate in TBI’s “Big Sunday” Community Service event.
As we did last year, the Torah School families will be doing community service in our local Highland Park community. This event was a big hit last year, both for TBI and for our neighbors and All Saints Church who were also the beneficiaries of our efforts.
We’re going to help out in two ways:
1) The Gan, Mechina, and Limmud kids and parents will be broken up into teams to walk the neighborhood and pick up litter.
2) The B’nai Mitzvah kids and parents are going to do a thorough cleaning of the classrooms at All Saints Church of Highland Park, where they hold classes.
- Gan/Mechina – drop off at TBI at 9:15AM
- Limmud/B’nai Mitzvah – drop off at TBI at 9:30AM
- PARENTS RETURN TO PARTICIPATE STARTING AT 11:00AM. OUR BIG SUNDAY EVENT WILL RUN FROM 11AM UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 12:30PM.
Friday, May 2, 8PM a special Kirtan* Kabbalat Shabbat
A Friday evening of kirtan-inspired, chant-laced prayer, and meditation. Co-led by the clergy of TBI with the Kirtan Rabbi (Rabbi Andrew Hahn). A different kind of service: Come ready to dance, sit, breath, stretch and bask in the pregnant silence.
Co-sponsored by Metivta Center for Contemplative Judaism and Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock
RSVP FOR THIS FREE EVENT
*a form of chant developed in India to heighten participation, communal feeling and ecstatic communion with the divine.
SECOND NIGHT PASSOVER SEDER
Tuesday, April 15th, 5:00pm
Chicken soup and matzo balls meet pecan crusted salmon and Moroccan lemon chicken! Delectable walnut Brussels sprouts and a sweet fresh berry salad! Chicken, fish and vegetarian options available. Oh yes, and…we’ll have a family friendly, creative, casual and musical Passover Seder with all the traditional foods. Reserve Now, seats are limited!
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to the second night Passover seder.
Boyle Heights Heroes at Breed Street Shul Sunday, February 23, 2:30PM
Temple Beth Israel and Breed Street Shul, kindred souls keeping Judaism alive on the East Side. Celebrating our sense of sisterhood and shared journeys.