A Time to Connect and Reflect

December 12, 2023 –   2:00 p.m.
Helene Yentis
Illuminating Jewish Learning Through Art: Rembrandt and the Jews

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Art Historian Helene Yentas presents an interactive power-point presentation, an entertaining and educational experience.

The program explores images of some of the Jews Rembrandt used as his models, the monumental treatment of his biblical narrations and his special use of light. The presentation is hip and modern with a serious undertone.  Thought provoking discussion is encouraged with open ended questions.

January 9, 2024 –  2:00 p.m.
Howard Lynne
Martin Luther King Jr. & Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Celebration of Spirit, Service, and Social Action

We’ll explore the beliefs and actions of these two inspiring religious leaders, of vastly different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds, who came together to “make the world a better place”.   How can we honor their legacies through our own personal and community efforts?

February  13, 2024  (2:00 p.m.)
Dr. Oliver Klapper
L’Dor V’Dor – Passing the Judaic torch to the next generation.

The statistics show an apathic younger generation with the DNA of our forefathers and foremothers. Discussion will center on can we and/or how to bridge the generational gap.

March 14, 2024
Dr. Avi Merad
The Yom Kippur War:  50th Anniversary of the Attack on Israel
A first hand account.  

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar, prayer is interrupted as the sounds of the sirens wail throughout Israel. 

In October 1973, Avi was on the first El-Al flight to Israel, to serve as a surgeon in a field hospital near the Suez front line.

Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen
October 31, November 7, 14,21,28, December 5, 2023
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Temple Beth Tikvah

THE AFTERLIFE: EXPLORE ONE OF THE Most gripping questions of human existence with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Rabbis, a Catholic Priest, a Protestant Pastor, a Buddhist Sensei, a Hindu Guru Swamji and Sikh Sardar Sahib.

What happens when we die? A recent Pew Research poll showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven and 58% believe in a literal hell. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christian and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Torah. Come explore this important topic from comparative religious views.

Rabbi Debra Smith
January 9, 16. 23, 2024   Temple Torat Emet
2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.  
To Till and to Tend: Becoming the Earth’s Stewards

The roots of the relationship between Judaism and the environment go very deep.

We will explore Judaism’s thoughts and teachings on caring for nature and the environment. We will examine Judaism’s yearly cycle and the connection to the land.

We will discuss these ancient concepts in light of today’s contemporary society, and the issues of climate change that we face daily.

Rabbi Howard Hoffman
February 6,13,20,27, 2024   Temple Torat Emet
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Stories Behind Our Prayers:

Knowing the hidden narratives can enrich our experience of davening.

An exploration of the Biblical and Rabbinic stories that underly the Siddur’s main prayers. King David ’s poor choices and two famous parts of the service each day. The angelic songs and the morning service we created. The destruction of the Temple and the Amidah. We will read the original stories and see how the authors of the prayerbook used them to create a spiritual compass for Jews ever after.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Rabbi Alan Cohen

Explore the famous story that serves as the basis for the Festival of Hanukkah

Temple Torat Emet
January: 10, 17, 24, 31                             

“Viva Ladino” Ladino Language Study Group

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Facilitators: Robert Altabet, Dianne Mortensen and Junellen Schleifer

A variety of instructional and cultural resources to gain or improve skills in reading, writing and speaking the Ladino language. Knowledge of Spanish helpful.

Temple Shaarei Shalom Room 210
November: 8, 22
December: 6, 13
January: 10, 24
February: 14, 28
March: 14, 28
April: 11, 25

“Echar Lashon” Ladino Speakers’ Club

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Facilitator by Jake Kohenak with Special Guests

Immerse yourself in the language of the Sephardim. This is a social and cultural gathering for new and native Ladino speakers.. 

Temple Shaarei Shalom Room 210
Nov. 29, Becky Franco , Artist,
Dec. 27, Annette Fromm   Editor of Sephardic Horizons
January 17, March 7 and April 4, 2023 – speakers to be announced
Live –RSVP: administrador@sephardifederationpbc.org   for each of the above.

Intermediate Hebrew Reading –  We sing the songs – but do (can) we read the words?

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Janet Skulnick

Unlocking the phonetics of the familiar prayers.

Temple Torat Emet
November: 15, 29
December: 6, 13, 20
January: 10, 17, 24
February: 4, 14, 21, 28
March: 7, 14


7:15 P.M. –  Rabbi Michael Simon

A discussion of current events in the Jewish world and how it impacts the Jewish Community.

Alternate Tuesdays beginning November 4, 2022

 Zoom Only  Meeting ID  6286578843   Password 0613