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 Adult Education 5775

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Friday, November 21, 2014 6:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat/ Scholar in Residence
Family Shabbat dinner and Scholar in residence lecture “Sephardic Jewry Comes of Age: How Golden Was it?”
Dinner RSVP by November 17
Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 AM
Shabbat scholar in residence lecture
before Pesukei D’zimra: “The Muslims Fall and the Christians are Triumphant: And What About the Jews?”
Kiddush lunch: “Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy City of Jerusalem
Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 PM
Open Mic Talent Show with refreshments
If you play an instrument, sing, dance, tell jokes, or tell stories and would like to share your talents
Friday, November 28, 2014 8:30 PM
Shabbat Service
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 7:30 PM
Pre tour Assyria to Iberia lecture slide show
Special Exhibition at the Met!
Met Assyriologist Dr. Ira Spar will take us through Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the
Classical Age.
Friday, December 5, 2014 8:30 PM
Musical Shabbat: Dr. Ralph Selig
Dr. Ralph Selig on organ accompanying Cantor Bromberg
Sunday, December 7, 2014 9:30 AM
Homeless Feeding
Cooking in the Temple for serving December 9th in Hackensack
Sunday, December 7, 2014 10:00 AM
Assyria to Iberia Exhibition at the Met
Private Tour of Special Exhibition at the Met!
Temple member and Met Assyriologist Dr. Ira Spar will take us through Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the
Classical Age.
Friday, December 12, 2014 8:30 PM
Shabbat Service
Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM
Gun Violence Prevention Shabbat
Featured Speaker: Ridgewood Unitarian Society’s Rev. Kathleen Green
Sunday, December 14, 2014 10:30 AM
Study with Cantor Bromberg
Study with Cantor Bromberg:
Seeking the Spirit in Ritual
Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Hannukah Party for Tots
Families with children (or grandchildren)
5-years-old and under, come join the fun as we
celebrate the Festival of Lights.
All welcome, free of charge!
Friday, December 19, 2014 7:00 PM
Musical Shabbat Family Service
Temple Israel Musicians accompanying Cantor Bromberg

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Study with Rabbi Fine

Sunday Morning Lecture Series: “The History of Jewish Life in Muslim Lands”


•Jan 4: Muhammad and the Jews •Jan 11: Guest Lecturer: Mahmoud Hamza, communal leader of the Muslim Society of Ridgewood •Jan 25: The Islamic Conquests and the Jews •Feb 1: Judeo-Arab Culture •Feb 22: Maimonides: The Most Famous Arab Jew •Mar 15: Legacies of “The Golden Age of Spain” •Mar 29: Jews in the Ottoman Empire •Apr 12: Jewish and Arab Nationalism •Apr 26: Jews, Arabs, and the State of Israel •May 10: Judaism and Islam: Between Extremists and Apologists

Recommended reading, in connection with Rabbi’s class:


Study with Cantor Bromberg: Seeking the Spirit Within Ritual


Classes meet on eight Sundays, 10:30 am to noon starting October 26.


Seventy-Five Years After Kristallnacht, Insider to Provide Insight into Jewish Life in Today’s Germany

Max Aaron Strachman Memorial Author Lecture and Book Signing: 

Sunday, November 16th, 10:30 AM


Yascha Mounk, an instructor at Harvard University and a Jeff and Cal Leonard Fellow at the New America Foundation, 

will take us inside that reality in a frank conversation based on his newly published book: “Stranger in My Own Country. A Jewish Family in Modern Germany“ 


Scholar in Residence

“Golden Age of Spain,” 

 The Adele Rebell Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat. Temple Israel is pleased to host Dr. Benjamin Gampel, the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), for three talks on the theme, Crisis and Creativity in Traditional Jewish Cultures

Friday-Saturday, November 21st-22nd


Temple Israel Open Mic 

Sunday Music

November 23rd  3:00 - 5:00pm


Private Tour of Special Exhibition at the Met!
Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.

Ticket: $20; 25 Person Limit, First Come, First Served
Open to All Pre-Tour Lecture/Slide Show: Wednesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Temple member and Met Assyriologist Dr. Ira Spar will take us through Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the 
Classical Age.


Hannukah Party for Tots 

December 14th, 11am


Study with Rabbi Fine

 and other local rabbis

JFNNJ Offers New Communal Adult Education Program: 

See brochure at link above!


Worship With Us!


 Candle Lighting for this Shabbat is at 4:21 pm:  Friday night services are at 8:30 pm featuring Ralph Selig on the organ.

Shabbat morning services begin at 9:00 am at which time we will call Nicole Solomon, daughter of Lori Solomon along with her fiancé, Jared Engel, to the bimah for their aufruf.  Muffins & Mishnah at 9:00 am.  Babysitting is available at 9:00 am in Room 5.  At 10:30 am, Na’areynu begins in room 4.

Sunday minyan is at 9:30 am in the Beit Midrash.

 Temple Israel 


Ordination in Wroclaw

Two Ridgewood Rabbis, Dr. David J. Fine and Daniel Freelander, go to Polish ceremonies for German Seminary

News in the Jewish Standard, September 19, 2014

From the Rabbi's Study

Sergeant Bergdahl, President Obama and the Halakhah of Pidyon Shevuyim

As published in The Jewish Standard, June 12, 2014.

The controversy surrounding the prisoner exchange of Taliban terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a story that the Jewish people knows well.  

Rabbi Fine - Op-Ed

A resurgence of anti-Semitism in a different world 

The Jewish Standard

"This year, Passover was met with two terrible reminders that the dangers posed by anti-Semitism continue to haunt us."

One Book One Community

  Jewish Standard

On April 3, Ridgewood’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center will host the culminating event

Honoring Jose Serna 

 Jewish Standard

Mr. Serna is the Conservative congregation’s longest tenured staff member. Since 1989, he has set up for countless numbers of celebrations, High Holiday services and just about everything else that happens at the synagogue. But at Saturday’s Ways and Means Dinner, more 200 people came to the shul. This time, they were there to honor Mr. Serna. He had 11 family members on hand, and at least five flew in from his native Colombia just to be with him at the dinner.

Rabbi Fine on Gun Violence Prevention -

Jewish Standard

"And so, my synagogue and I are engaging the issue of gun prevention, and on the Shabbat morning of March 15 we will be learning about the problem, finding out what we can work towards to better our society, joining with other houses of worship across the country and across denominational and faith lines, and praying that we be blessed with peace under God’s protective wing."

Ridgewood High School graduate returns to hometown synagogue 

to urge young American Jews to tour West Bank, 

‘See for Themselves’ competing Israeli & Palestinian narratives 

 Jewish Standard

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