Programs

 

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Beginning Hebrew for Adults Online

Wednesday evenings

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to pronounce (decode, read aloud) any Hebrew word and also know the meaning of a number of Hebrew words that are important in our liturgy. The course is open to everyone. It is free for Temple Emanu-El members; non-members are asked to make a donation from their hearts. Contact Leslie Schwartz (schwartzljs@gmail.com) for more information.


Board of Trustees Meetings Online

3rd Tuesday of the month, 7pm – next meeting: Aug 16

Our Board meetings are open to all current Temple Emanu-El members. To join the meeting via Zoom, click here: board. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 848 0442 4414.


Books and Bagels

One Sunday a month, 10am – we’re taking a break for the summer – see you in September

We discuss books of Jewish interest; bring a book to present or come to discuss the books that others bring. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266-6982, carlwetzstein38@gmail.com). To join via Zoom, click here: books. To join by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 879 4421 7321.


Chevre Torah Study

Every Saturday, 9:30am and 10:35am

Chevre Torah provides an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion and highlights from the other books of the Bible, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. You are welcome to attend either, or both, of the study groups. No prior knowledge of the texts is assumed. For the Hebrew blessing for Torah study, click here: blessing. If the meeting is online, click here to login via Zoom: Torah study. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 886 9534 3896.

Next meeting: Aug 6, online

From 9:30 – 10:25am2 Kings 23:1 – 23:30. A scroll is found predicting national disaster; it is read to all the people. Everyone hears, followed by radical change. Could something like this happen today if everyone really read and discussed the latest apocalyptic Climate Change report?

From 10:35 – 11:30amDeuteronomy 2:31 – 3:22. Moses recalls divine orders to conquer the Promised Land. “We doomed every town – men, women and children – leaving no survivors.” To us today, this could be seen as genocide, war crimes. Can we reconcile this violent history with other divine directives to treat strangers well and fairly? And if we can not……must we then reject the Torah as sacred text?


Cover of Alan Lew's Book ,This is Real and You are Completely UnpreparedElul Study Sessions

Four Wednesday evenings at 7pm in our Temple Emanu-El library at the JCC

Aug 31; Sept 7, 14, 21

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead us in discussions based on Alan Lew’s Book, This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation. Handouts will be provided. The course is open to all and free of charge to our members. Guests and visitors are warmly welcome; we ask that you make a donation from the heart. For more information, contact our office (emanuerochester@gmail.com, 585-461-2000, ext 203).


Hospitality Team Meeting Online

1st Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm – next meeting: Sept 6

All are welcome. Confirm the meeting with Brenda Mudd (bbbhd0929@gmail.com). To join via Zoom, click here: hospitality. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 869 2515 9460.


Men’s Club

Next meeting: Aug 9, 9am

We will meet at the Nutcracker Family Restaurant, 2159 Empire Blvd, Rochester. Join us for coffee and pleasant conversation. Call Michael Perlson (585-388-5211) if you need additional information.


Rabbi’s Book Club, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel

One Sunday a month, 10am – next meeting: We’re taking a break for the summer – see you in the fall!

The Rabbi’s Book Club alternates months with Books and Bagels. In the Rabbi’s Book Club, we discuss a single book chosen by Rabbi Drorah Setel in advance. To join the discussion via Zoom, click here: Rabbi. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 879 4421 7321. We hope you’ll join us!


Books, a cup of tea, and a pair of glassesStanding on One Foot: A Brief Introduction to Judaism

Four Tuesday mornings at 11am in the Erdle Lounge at the JCC

Aug 9 – History
Aug 16 – Holidays
Aug 23 – Lifecycle
Aug 30 – Spirituality

The course will be taught by Rabbi Drorah Setel. It is co-sponsored with Lifespan, open to all, and free of charge. For more information, contact our office (emanuerochester@gmail.com, 585-461-2000, ext 203). [Photo curtesy of freepik]


Spiritual Practices Team Meeting Online

2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm – next meeting: Aug 9

All are welcome. To join via Zoom, click here: spiritual. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 852 6777 2051.


Summer Picnic

Sunday, Aug 21, in the tent and playground behind the JCC

We welcome friends and newcomers to meet our Temple family on a summer afternoon.

11:30am – coffee meet & greet for families with young children
12-2pm – food & outdoor games for all

We’ll provide snacks and drinks. Please bring a dairy/vegan dish (no meat, poultry or shellfish please) to share. For more information, contact our office (emanuerochester@gmail.com, 585-461-2000, ext 203). All are welcome!


Tikkun Olam Team Meeting Online

Next meeting: Aug 28, 11:30am via Zoom

As Reform Jews, we participate actively in Tikkun Olam, “repair of the world.” Our social justice work is done in a variety of ways: education on the issues, advocacy for specific policies and legislation, and implementing our vision through direct action and service. Please join us to hear what we’re doing next – we’d love to have your input and help. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266–6982, carlwetzstein38@gmail.com). Join the discussion via Zoom by clicking here: tikkun. To join by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 876 0791 0728.

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