Engaging Israel Coming To Westchester Reform Temple

The event is a collaboration with the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.

Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) invites the community to join with them on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a screening and interactive discussion around “Religion and Peoplehood,” part on the monthly Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship series.

Responding to growing feelings of disenchantment and disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide, Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship is a program of nine lectures and conversations with Shalom Hartman Institute scholars creating a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. Each session features a lecture by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman and discussions with renowned scholars and experts including Dr. Tal Becker, Yossi Klein-Halevi, Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Prof. Gil Troy and others. Each screening is interspersed with a WRT clergy-led, interactive group discussion. 

This month as the community screens “Religion and Peoplehood,” participants will consider questions such as, “can Judaism be redefined as a primarily internal, personal experience,” and “how does a sense of belonging to a Jewish collective contribute to the meaning and purpose of contemporary Jewish life?”  The community is welcome to join in one or all of these programs.  Additional screening dates and topics throughout the winter are: December 19, 2012 - Sovereignty and Identity;  January 23, 2012 - Power and Powerlessness; and February 27, 2013 - War and Occupation.    

This series is free and open to the public at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, in Scarsdale.

For more information, program dates and topics: call the Temple at 914-723-7727 or email office@wrtemple.org or visit www.wrtemple.org.          


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