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webinar and PJ Library® are excited to offer an engaging new fall holiday learning opportunity with Reform Rabbi Leora Kaye and master educator Stephanie Fink

The period between 586 BCE and 70 CE saw a flowering of Jewish writing that resulted in new kinds of literary production that set the tone for Midrash and Talmud that followed. In this session we will look at a few examples of this fascinating literature, including works from the Dead Sea Scrolls, and discuss what contemporary Jews can learn from both the texts themselves and the interpretive processes that developed in this crucial period.

Whenever someone begins a sentence with the words "Judaism says," my figurative hearing aid goes off. The sages teach "Turn It and turn it again, for everything is in it." We will turn to some Jewish texts that range from surprising to vexing to perplexing.

Jerusalem and Israel are a constant in our liturgy and ritual. When a child is born, at a wedding, even at burial, Jerusalem and Israel are present. In the Birkat Hamazon, for every meal and in the daily prayers for rain or dew, Israel is present. What part does Israel play in our daily lives dwelling outside the land?

What does it mean to be a "locavore," vegetarian or an "ethical omnivore," and what do all of these food choices have to do with being Jewish? 

Rosh HaShanah is a feast for our senses. In this webinar, we explore Rosh Hashanah food, music and the shofar.

Learn about two successful congregational food justice programs: an edible garden that is helping attract new synagogue members and build stronger interfaith relations and an educational program that focuses on food, Judaism and sustainability.

A text based chevruta journey, inspired by Parashat Vayishlach and Yaakov's transition from Yaakov to Israel. Find out what Israeli poetry has to say about names, their meanings and the stories behind them.


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