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Holocaust Speaker - Thea Aschkenase

On Sunday October 22, Thea Aschklenase will speak to us about her survival during the Holocaust and her life since then. This program is open to the community. Students in grades 7 and up are welcome to attend. Please click here for more information and to register.  This event is free, however, all attendees are asked to bring a canned good for the local food pantry.

Adult Education Class led by Rabbi Mike Swarttz

 The “Clash of Civilizations” is a hypothesis, first articulated by Samuel Huntington, that the differences in people's cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world. In The Dignity of Difference (first published in 2002), Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers a faith-based overview and evaluation of globalization and an inspiring declaration of what Judaism has to offer to avoid this clash. One reviewer called The Dignity of Difference “a profound work of cultural and spiritual perspicacity.”

The chapter titles give a picture of the thematic sweep of this impressive work: Control: The Imperative of Responsibility; Contribution: The Moral Case for the Market Economy; Compassion: The Idea of Tzedakah; Creativity: the Imperative of Education; Co-operation: Civil Society and its Institutions; Conservation: Environmental Sustainability; Conciliation: The Power of a Word to Change the World; and A Covenant of Hope.

Rabbi Michael Swarttz, will lead the class.  He says, “To my mind Rabbi Sacks is one of the great thinkers and teachers in today’s Jewish world. This class will be an in-depth exploration of Sack’s thesis and arguments. I intend it to not be a lecture-based class, but rather a discussion and dialogue among informed participants who will read the assigned chapters in advance of our class sessions. “  A web page will be created to post questions and comments and to stimulate dialogue between classes.

Participants will need to purchase the book on their own and read the assigned chapters prior to each session. 

The cost for this class is $200 for members of Beth Tikvah Synagogue and $225 for non-members. There is a $50 discount for couples ($25/person). Click here to register.


Sat, September 22 2018 13 Tishrei 5779