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The Tikkun Leil Shavuot is a custom of studying long into the night on the festival that celebrates Revelation. The theme of this year’s Tikkun Leil is God-wrestling. In the book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles with someone and is renamed Israel, meaning “he struggled with God.” To be Jewish is to wrestle with complex issues and this year we’ll be addressing some of these issues.
Part One – Wrestling with...?
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm, Main Sanctuary
Acclaimed Author Steven Pease will talk about his books
The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement and The Debate Over Jewish Achievement
"Golden Age is my tribute to an astonishing tribe of high achievers. Even more, though, it is an exploration of how more of us can achieve and contribute as well. We need not have Jewish genes to appreciate and learn from their performance."
Though the Jewish people represent only 2% of the United States' population, they comprise 36% of the world's Nobel Prize recipients in economics, 51% of Pulitzer Prizes for nonfiction, 21% of Ivy League university enrollment and 37% of Academy Award-winning directors.
Pease, raised a Presbyterian, asks why Jews are such disproportionately high achievers and attempts to answer this question through hundreds of fascinating case studies, ultimately making the case for the important role Jewish culture has played in this high-achieving result.
Books will be available for purchase after the presentation.
• Presentations by Museum of History curatorial staff
• Docent-led tours
• light refreshments
Click below to hear Rabbi Neil's conversation with Mary Charlotte on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe.
November 20, 2015
by Rabbi Neil Amswych
Throughout the High Holy Days, Rabbi Neil's sermons explored responses to differing versions of the question, "Why Are We Here....?"
From "Why are we here in services?" to "Why are we here at all?", each sermon connected to the others while also standing alone.
A summary sheet for personal study and reflection based on the series of five sermons can be opened and downloaded below.
Friday, June 3
6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service - Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev will speak - oneg sponsored by Estelle Miller & Sandra Herzon in Memory of Jana Miller
Saturday, June 4
9:00 am Torah study with Bagels, Lox, and Coffee, SH
10:30 am Morning Service
Monday, June 6
Monday Morning Minyan and Study led by Aaron Wolf and Dana Densmore