Lunch & Learn - Like Dreamers: When a Jewish Dream Becomes a Reality

Date: May 2, 2019Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:  UJA-JCC Greenwich
One Holly Hill Lane
Greenwich, CT
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Phone: 203-552-1818Email: info@ujajcc.org

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Lunch & Learn is a weekly program, every Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at One Holly Hill Lane. The Lunch & Learn program is generously sponsored by Rita Edelston.

 

 

May 2

Like Dreamers: When a Jewish Dream Becomes a Reality

Rabbi Shalom Hammer

Assessment of a famous Aggadic story and portion from the Talmud and the significant message for Jewish life which it offers. Explore how the dream of creating a State of Israel persevered, and how enhancing Jewish unity and preserving a Jewish nation endure.

 

May 9

The Jewish State

Martin Flashner

It’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, just the moment to explore Israel’s declaration of statehood.

 

May 16

The Stranger Amongst Us

Dr. Carmela Abraham

An exploration of the Torah’s exhortation regarding treatment of the stranger.

 

May 23

Mystical Mountain

Rabbi Shmuel Lynn

Lag B'Omer, the source of all mystical Judaism, is the ideal occasion to consult the Zohar for what transpired at Mt. Meron.

 

May 30

Contemporary Civility in the Age of Hatred

Rabbi Moshe Edelman

Time to brush up on Judaism’s eternal lessons of “Derekh Eretz”: proper behavior, ethics and refinement of the mensch. Texts from Torah to Talmud to today.

 

June 6

Tomorrow’s Jewish Golem: Automatons, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Jewish Identity

Dr. Liz Shayne

Our smartphones are not yet smart enough, but might the day come when Rabbi Siri is answering questions of Jewish law and Jewish robots sit at our Shabbat table?

 

June 13

Essential Questions

George Robinson

The author of Essential Judaism and Essential Torah flags two questions that go to the heart of Judaism as a faith tradition: Why do we pray? Why do we read the Torah again and again?

 

June 20

Intuitive Ethics and Subversive Spirituality: An Exploration of Rabbinic Wisdom

Tanya Farber

Deep dive into teachings of Sages to transform our daily interactions into sacred moments.  

 

June 27

Love of Your Fellow

Rabbi Yossi Deren

A look at the mitzvah of Ahavat Yisrael, to honor the 25th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt’l.

 

July 11

Theodicy, Descent and the Public Good

Shlomo Zuckier

We’ll parse the Talmudic tale of Nehunia the Pit-digger, considering why tragedies befall this public servant's family and gleaning some insights about divine justice.

 

July 18

Three Weeks That Could Change the World

Rabbi Greg Wall

The destruction of Jerusalem created tremors that are echoing still. Let’s find out what we can do about it, right now!

 

July 25

Thirty-Three Psalms in an Hour

David Moster

Let’s wax rhapsodic and parse the structure of Biblical hymns.

 

August 1

So What Was the Book of Numbers About?

Dr. Job Jindo

We will explore the themes of identity, holiness and transformation of peoplehood as reflected in Numbers.