Our updated booklet, Weddings For The Interfaith Couple, walks you through all of the traditions for the big day, starting with two to think about in advance (choosing a wedding contract known as a ketubah and topics to consider when meeting with your wedding officiant).
Rabbi Mychal will be leading us in a discussion of interfaith relationships throughout Jewish history and the present challenges and opportunities they pose. This discussion will provide a foundation for the second part of the series in which we will explore the many realities of interfaith relationships, including challenges we have faced and our varied approaches to our own interfaith experiences.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
7-9:15 pm, Wednesdays, Oct. 2- Nov. 13,
The Prophets and the role of prophecy
7pm - 8pm, led by Rabbi Cindy Enger
What was the role of prophecy in ancient Israel, and who are the prophets in the Biblical text? We will study selections from the Prophets section of the Bible, and explore how the rabbis incorporated the various books of Prophets into the Jewish liturgical cycle and calendar year. We will also discuss the importance of the prophetic voice in Jewish tradition - in the past and in our world today. All texts will be provided; everyone is welcome (knowledge of Hebrew is not required!).
The Jewish Century
8:15pm - 9:15pm, led by Howard I. Aronson
This masterwork of interpretation by Yuri Sleskine begins with a bold declaration: the Modern Age is the Jewish Age, and we are all, to varying degrees, Jews. Slezkine describes the three great Jewish migrations of the 20th century: from the Pale of Settlement to America, to Israel, and to Moscow and other cities of the Russian Empire and the USSR.
The book is available from the Harold Washington Library, or from bookstores or from Amazon, and there is a Kindle edition.