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Foundations of Judaism with Rabbi Neil Amswych
Six Sundays from 11:15 am-12:30 pm
starting October 19
Free for members (non-members by donation)
This introductory course will explore differing perspectives of Judaism. In particular, we shall focus on ritual practice, prayer, thought, and what it means to be a Reform Jew today. Participants are invited to submit questions (preferably in advance) based on the title…
• October 19: “Why Do We Do…?”
• October 26: “Why Do We Say…?”
• November 2: “Why Do We Eat…?”
• Nov. 9: “Why Do We Celebrate…?”
• Nov. 16: “Why Do We Think…?”
• Nov. 23: “Why Do We Not…?”
Creating and Defying the Gender Agenda: A Shabbaton with Rabbi Neil Amswych
Friday, November 14 at 5 pm Community Shabbat Dinner and Talk. "Androgynous Adam" will introduce the formation of Adam in the Torah and Rabbinic literature, focusing on why Adam's specific gender, or lack thereof, is important to us today. (RSVP required, $10 adults, $5 children under 12)
Friday, November 14, 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (all are welcome). Rabbi Neil's sermon will be "Rabbi Yochanan, the Reluctant Male". Rabbi Yochanan was a beardless and beautiful Rabbi who loved to hang out at the mikvah (ritual bath). What does he teach us about the Rabbinic perception of gender? A Q-&-A session and refreshments will follow the service. No charge, of course.
Saturday, November 15 at 7 pm Havdalah and a wine and cheese reception will be followed by Rabbi Neil's talk on "Wonder Women", investigating Beruriah & Hannah Rochel. Though separated by nearly 2,000 years, these two women straddle the binary gender boundary. The communal and literary response to their transgression is essential in understanding a key challenge of contemporary Judaism. Suggested donation: $15
Shabbat Torah Study with the Rabbi
Every Saturday from 9:15-10:15, including bagel breakfast
Rabbi Neil facilitates an open-minded discussion focused on the Torah reading of the week (parasha). Topics change weekly - be prepared to be challenged and amazed by a close examination of our sacred stories! All are welcome to join this enthusiastic group of Torah explorers. Handouts and texts provided. No experience necessary.
Adult Hebrew Classes with Bonnie Ellinger,
Sunday mornings starting October 19
Join one of our exciting adult Hebrew classes to enhance your participation in Shabbat and holiday services. In addition, pick up some modern Hebrew expressions for that future trip to Israel! Please contact teacher Bonnie Ellinger with questions: 820-1334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Hebrew Refresher Course. Have you forgotten the Hebrew you learned 2 or 5 or 15 or 40 years ago? Are you eager to catch up with your child’s learning in Hebrew School? Here’s your chance to review the consonants, vowels and words you once learned and would love to be able to read again. This basic refresher course will use the book “Aleph Isn’t Tough” to put you back on track. Join a nice group of people eager to recall what they never really forgot! This class is also appropriate for the motivated beginner. Eighteen Sundays, beginning October 19, from 10-11:10am. Cost for the first semester:
Members $80; non-members $100; textbook $18.
Kita Bet: Intermediate. This class is suitable for those who have knowledge of the aleph-bet and can recognize words or phrases from the Shabbat Service. Participants will strengthen reading skills, increase vocabulary, gain fluency and comprehension with the help of the book “Aleph Isn’t Enough”. Eighteen Sundays, beginning October 19, from 11:20am – 12:35pm.
Cost for the year: Members $220; non-members $250; textbook $18.
"Farewell Aleppo" with Claudette Sutton
Friday, October 24
Community Shabbat Dinner: 5 pm,
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 6:30 pm
Cost for Dinner: $10 adult; $5 child under 12
There were Jews in Syria? In the middle years of the twentieth century, the fabric of society that had protected the Jews of Aleppo, Syria, for more than two thousand years was rent apart by the surge of Arab anti-Semitism. In her just-released book, “Farewell, Aleppo,” Claudette Sutton tells the poignant tale of her father’s journey in his late teens from Aleppo to Shanghai, where he survived Japanese occupation during World War II. Eventually he came to America and helped the rest of his family escape from Syria. Claudette will speak at the dinner and during services.
The Mystical Meaning of the Hebrew Alphabet
Slide show and talk with Gloria Abella Ballen
Sunday, October 26 at 2 pm
Suggested donation: $15
For a memorable program of Jewish learning, join us to hear international award-winning artist and author Abella Ballen discuss the deep meaning found in the 22 letters of the Hebrew aleph bet. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (z"l) called her work a “glorious book” that brings the “enlightenment and wisdom” of the Hebrew letters.
Cooking Jewish with Jay Williams: A Series
Join the multi-talented Jay Williams for a rollicking and hands-on cooking class! We are offering four sessions throughout the year at various times/days, at private homes (address and directions will be provided to participants).
• Session 1: Monday, November 3 from 5-8 pm (Louisiana Thanksgiving)
• Session 2: Sunday, December 14 from 2-5 pm (Chanukah / Jews at the Movies)
• Session 3: Thursday, March 26 from 5-8 pm (Passover Delights)
• Session 4: Sunday, April 19 from 2-5 pm (Israeli / Middle Eastern Treats)
The fee of $18 per session OR $65 for the series includes all food and an individual cookbook for each class. Reservations and payment must be received by Joy two weeks prior to each class in order for the class to be held. Space is limited!
Kitchen Cosmetology with Dr. Michael Makoid
Sunday, November 2 from 2:00-5:00 pm
$20 includes all supplies and ingredients
Registration required by Sunday, October 19
Have you ever wished for creams and lotions that were more suited to YOU? Maybe you'd prefer a thicker cream, a smoother lotion, a different scent? Learn to make your own body lotions and face creams in your own kitchen using your own tools. Create your own formulas using proven pharmaceutical compounding principles. Wholesome organic ingredients are readily available in Santa Fe. Become your own cosmetic chemist!
Rabbi Neil Amswych comes to Santa Fe following 9 years as the principal rabbi of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue in England. He studied astrophysics at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland before beginning his rabbinic education at Leo Baeck College. While spending his third year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, he met his wife, Jenny, who was also a student there. They married in 2004 and have two beautiful children: a daughter, Zafra, now 4 years old, and a son, Asher, who is just one. They also have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Parker making them a global family: an American Mum, a British Dad, dual-citizen children and a Welsh dog.
Rabbi Neil’s rabbinic thesis looked at bipolar gender boundaries and transsexual surgery in a Jewish context. In 2007, he founded IDEA: Interfaith Dorset Education and Action, now the South of England’s largest interfaith environmental network. When he’s not with his family, working, cycling, or geeking out to Star Wars, he is working on his first book about a new aspect of Jewish theology.
A note from our Meryl Marchand, TBS Board President:
Rabbi Amswych is an energetic and charismatic man with a natural ability to inspire congregants of all ages and levels of Judaic knowledge. One of the many things that attracted him to Temple Beth Shalom (besides our climate) is our commitment to social justice and the work Rabbi Schwab has done to develop and nurture the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe. We are delighted to know that Rabbi Amswych will continue this vital work. On July 25th, you will have an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. I feel sure that Temple Beth Shalom will welcome Rabbi Amswych and his amazing family with open arms and open hearts.
Friday, October 24
5:00 pm Community Dinner with author Claudette Sutton (RSVP required by October 22)
6:30 pm Evening service - Claudette Sutton will speak - oneg sponsored by Estelle Miller, Bo Keppel, and Sandra Herzon in memory of Jana Hurlbut-Miller
Saturday, October 25
9:15 am Ritual Forum with bagels, lox, and cream cheese
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
Monday, October 27
8:00-9:00 am Monday Morning Minyan and study, Upper Sanctuary