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Congregation Beth Israel - Participate Online

As Congregation Beth Israel and the community adapt to life with the COVID-19 outbreak, please join us online! All halachically (under Jewish law) permitted activities will be live-streamed on Facebook and Zoom. Click below for Kabbalat Shabbat, Shacharit on Sunday mornings, all of our classes, and more from our Facebook Live feeds!

 

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Note, for those participating in closed meetings, check with Rabbi Josh or our shul leadership for meeting specific Zoom invitations.

 

 

Upcoming Events

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  • Tuesday ,
    OctOctober  27 , 2020
    Taste of Talmud with Rabbi Josh
    Tuesday, Oct 27th 4:00p to 5:00p
    How do we maintain our faith in a light at the end of the tunnel when we don't know how long the tunnel runs? This question is not new in our moment; it's one that has been grappled with in almost every generation of our people's history. This question is the unstated backdrop to the first chapter of the first tractate of the Talmud, the central formative text which created the Rabbinic Judaism that we practice today. Join Rabbi Josh​ for a daily discussion of the first chapter of Masechet Brachot. Through learning this text together, we will explore how the early rabbis maintained their faith in the future during some of the darkest days in our people's history, and will consider how their theological reflections resonate in ours. No prior background in Jewish learning of any kind required. This learning group will be meeting exclusively via Zoom (or phone), Monday-Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm.

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  • Tuesday ,
    OctOctober  27 , 2020
    Election Year Politics, Jewish Style
    Tuesday, Oct 27th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Should gun-shop owners be obligated to pay for the damage caused by weapons they sold? What makes someone fit to serve as a judge? In what circumstances is abortion appropriate? These are just a few of the many contentious issues floating around during this election season. In this short series, three of your West Esplanade rabbis will explore the Jewish approaches to these hotly debated topics. We will be leaving contemporary political debates and political parties at the door, exploring the values that motivate each side of the issue, and how those values are expressed and prioritized in our tradition. For each class, we will get a case to explore, and will break up into small groups to explore how our tradition might respond to it. Please come with an open mind - not to have your opinions changed, but better to appreciate the perspective of your neighbor with whom you might disagree.

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  • Wednesday ,
    OctOctober  28 , 2020
    Sources Through Srugim
    Wednesday, Oct 28th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Sources Through Srugim: Join Rabbi Josh for TV and Torah on Wednesday nights. We'll be watching the hit Israeli TV show “Srugim”, the Israeli version of “Friends.” Unlike in “Friends,” the characters in Srugim need to navigate relationships and family dynamics within the bounds of halacha, traditional Jewish law, and we will explore their challenges and successes in balancing their religious and personal lives. We will start with a mini-class to prepare for that day’s episode with Rabbi Josh at 7:00, before breaking to watch the episode. We’ll regather for a brief discussion of the episode after watching. Beginning at 8:15, for those who would like to stick around, we will have a halachic discussion concerning the episode with Rabbi Josh, Rabbi Rebecca Schatz of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and members of her congregation.

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  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  29 , 2020
    Tanach Chabura- Game of Thrones, The Prequel
    Thursday, Oct 29th 11:00a to 12:00p
    Divided kingdoms. Blood feuds. The pursuit of power at all costs. There’s no need for an HBO subscription when you have access to a Tanach! Over the coming months, we will be learning through the Book of Kings, a book filled with palace intrigue as our nation seeks to solidify a successful monarchy. Join us as we follow the twists and turns in the story of the Israelite monarchy.

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  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  29 , 2020
    Taste of Talmud with Rabbi Josh
    Thursday, Oct 29th 4:00p to 5:00p
    How do we maintain our faith in a light at the end of the tunnel when we don't know how long the tunnel runs? This question is not new in our moment; it's one that has been grappled with in almost every generation of our people's history. This question is the unstated backdrop to the first chapter of the first tractate of the Talmud, the central formative text which created the Rabbinic Judaism that we practice today. Join Rabbi Josh​ for a daily discussion of the first chapter of Masechet Brachot. Through learning this text together, we will explore how the early rabbis maintained their faith in the future during some of the darkest days in our people's history, and will consider how their theological reflections resonate in ours. No prior background in Jewish learning of any kind required. This learning group will be meeting exclusively via Zoom (or phone), Monday-Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm.

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  • Wednesday ,
    NovNovember  4 , 2020
    Sources Through Srugim
    Wednesday, Nov 4th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Sources Through Srugim: Join Rabbi Josh for TV and Torah on Wednesday nights. We'll be watching the hit Israeli TV show “Srugim”, the Israeli version of “Friends.” Unlike in “Friends,” the characters in Srugim need to navigate relationships and family dynamics within the bounds of halacha, traditional Jewish law, and we will explore their challenges and successes in balancing their religious and personal lives. We will start with a mini-class to prepare for that day’s episode with Rabbi Josh at 7:00, before breaking to watch the episode. We’ll regather for a brief discussion of the episode after watching. Beginning at 8:15, for those who would like to stick around, we will have a halachic discussion concerning the episode with Rabbi Josh, Rabbi Rebecca Schatz of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and members of her congregation.

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  • Thursday ,
    NovNovember  5 , 2020
    Tanach Chabura- Game of Thrones, The Prequel
    Thursday, Nov 5th 11:00a to 12:00p
    Divided kingdoms. Blood feuds. The pursuit of power at all costs. There’s no need for an HBO subscription when you have access to a Tanach! Over the coming months, we will be learning through the Book of Kings, a book filled with palace intrigue as our nation seeks to solidify a successful monarchy. Join us as we follow the twists and turns in the story of the Israelite monarchy.

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  • Wednesday ,
    NovNovember  11 , 2020
    Sources Through Srugim
    Wednesday, Nov 11th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Sources Through Srugim: Join Rabbi Josh for TV and Torah on Wednesday nights. We'll be watching the hit Israeli TV show “Srugim”, the Israeli version of “Friends.” Unlike in “Friends,” the characters in Srugim need to navigate relationships and family dynamics within the bounds of halacha, traditional Jewish law, and we will explore their challenges and successes in balancing their religious and personal lives. We will start with a mini-class to prepare for that day’s episode with Rabbi Josh at 7:00, before breaking to watch the episode. We’ll regather for a brief discussion of the episode after watching. Beginning at 8:15, for those who would like to stick around, we will have a halachic discussion concerning the episode with Rabbi Josh, Rabbi Rebecca Schatz of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and members of her congregation.

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  • Thursday ,
    NovNovember  12 , 2020
    Tanach Chabura- Game of Thrones, The Prequel
    Thursday, Nov 12th 11:00a to 12:00p
    Divided kingdoms. Blood feuds. The pursuit of power at all costs. There’s no need for an HBO subscription when you have access to a Tanach! Over the coming months, we will be learning through the Book of Kings, a book filled with palace intrigue as our nation seeks to solidify a successful monarchy. Join us as we follow the twists and turns in the story of the Israelite monarchy.

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  • Wednesday ,
    NovNovember  18 , 2020
    Sources Through Srugim
    Wednesday, Nov 18th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Sources Through Srugim: Join Rabbi Josh for TV and Torah on Wednesday nights. We'll be watching the hit Israeli TV show “Srugim”, the Israeli version of “Friends.” Unlike in “Friends,” the characters in Srugim need to navigate relationships and family dynamics within the bounds of halacha, traditional Jewish law, and we will explore their challenges and successes in balancing their religious and personal lives. We will start with a mini-class to prepare for that day’s episode with Rabbi Josh at 7:00, before breaking to watch the episode. We’ll regather for a brief discussion of the episode after watching. Beginning at 8:15, for those who would like to stick around, we will have a halachic discussion concerning the episode with Rabbi Josh, Rabbi Rebecca Schatz of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and members of her congregation.

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