"THE NEW NORMAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST: ISRAEL'S CHANGING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GULF STATES"
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
American University's Butler Board Room (Floor 6 of the Butler Pavilion)
Learn more and register here.
Shifting power dynamics in the Middle East have left the region looking vastly different then it did only a few years ago. Some experts have argued that the growing strength of Iran has pushed the Gulf States to form an unofficial strategic relationship with an unlikely ally: Israel. The AU Center for Israel Studies invites you to join Michael Greenwald, former U.S. treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait, for a discussion on the past, present and future of Israel’s diplomatic relationship. Moderated by Professor Dan Arbell, former Israeli diplomat.
Free, with RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/ AUGreenwald
Contact: Laura Cutler, email@example.com, 202-885-3780
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation presents:
THE MODELS OF SERVING A TYRANT: BILAAM, JOB AND JETHRO
with Rabbi Jack Moline
Sunday, February 25 at 10:00AM
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817
In a somewhat fanciful midrash, the Sages imagine that these three characters who appear elsewhere in the narratives were members of Pharaoh’s court when the Israelites were enslaved. Faced with the immorality of the Egyptian king’s actions, each reacted in his own way which determined his eventual fate. What do we learn about the rabbinic attitude toward involvement in confrontational politics from this small teaching and the larger lessons behind it? Rabbi Jack Moline is President of Interfaith Alliance and Rabbi Emeritus of Agudas Achim Congregation. A DC-area resident for more than thirty years, he has taught at venues across the country including the Jewish Theological Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary, the US Senate and the White House.
Israel at 70 - Acharei Ha'Oneg Series at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation presents "The Urban Kibbutzim in Israel"
Saturday, March 3, 1:00 PM
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817
Join our Shlicha, Ayelet, to hear about Urban Kibbutzim from Anton Marks, a Britishborn Israeli and a found-member of the largest urban kibbutz in Israel. Anton has been an informal educator for the last 25 years, and is now a Shlichut in Maryland for the youth movement Habonim Dror and their summer camp, Moshava. His passion for Zionist education, Tikkun Olam, Jewish history, identity and culture are a recipe for an engaging and challenging talk.
For more information contact Ayelet Levi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-767-3333
Kef International presents
"Everything You Need to Know About Shipping to Israel"
with Rabbi Adam Perlman, Director & Expert Shipper
Thursday, March 8, 7PM
Bender JCC of Greater Washington | IAC Room
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852
Please register in advance by sending your name, email, phone number and date of Aliyah to: email@example.com or call 1.866.425.5224
The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland present
"Out of the Depths: Reading the Torah from a Transgender Perspective"
with Joy Ladin, Yeshiva University
Tuesday, February 27 | 4-6PM
4116 Susquehanna Hall (SQH)
This talk explores the intersections between transgender identity and religious tradition by demonstrating what it means to read the Bible from a transgender perspective. Joy Ladin is the author of The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, due out in 2018 from Brandeis University Press. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. She has also published nine books of poetry including The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something and Fireworks in the Graveyard. She holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University.
Joy Ladin will be signing copies of her books both before and after the event.
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For additional questions, please contact Debra Kirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301)-405-4975 .
What a stimulating program with Rabbi Sid Schwarz last night on "The Face(s) of American Jewish Life!" Thank you for your thoughtful questions and participation! To further explore these topics, you can check out the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network website.
The Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) presents:
The Book of Esther Revealed
Adele Berlin | Professor Emerita, University of Maryland
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 • 8:00 pm • Bender JCC
Co-Sponsors: B’nai Tzedek Congregation, Kol Shalom, Temple Emanuel, St. Paul’s Methodist Church
How should we understand the Hebrew Bible's Book of Esther? How "biblical" is it? How "religious" is it? How "Persian" is it? How "true" is it? Why was it written? What happened to the book when it was translated into Greek? If Esther makes no reference to God‘s name, to the Temple, to prayer, or to distinctive Jewish practices, then why is it part of the Jewish canon?
These and other points will be discussed as we analyze the literary style and influences on the book, its historical background, and its relation to the festival of Purim.
For more information contact email@example.com or visit jccgw.org/baf
$10 General Admission
$ 5 Ring House Residents; College Students, Co-Sponsors
$ 8 BASONOVA & Bender JCC Members
FREE High School Students
The Bender JCC: 6125 Montrose Rd / Rockville / MD / 20852
"TRUMP: A YEAR IN REVIEW"
January 18, 7:30 - 9PM at the Bender JCC
President Trump’s First Year: 12 Months Unlike Any Other – President Donald Trump’s first year in office has generated numerous breaking-news headlines, talk show analyses and heated discourse. On the one-year anniversary of the election, we have invited Liz Schrayer, President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, to take a step back from the day-to-day fervor to examine the changes this administration has brought, the high points and low points, and how the political landscape has changed in 12 tumultuous months.