Wonderful speakers coming to GJC!


With our visitors from Beit HaGefen in Haifa last Shabbat for the Charry Weekend, we began a series of exciting speakers that will be continuing in coming weeks.  I want to encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from some amazing people whom we will be privileged to host in our community.

This Sunday: Benji Lovitt – “Exploring Israeli Society through Comedy”

Come hear this comedian and historian of comedy (shown at left) at 10:00 AM in the Quitman Library, as part of the Tough Social Issues in Israel class.  You are welcome to attend just this one class ($15 fee).

Sunday, Nov. 15: Prof. Arie Rimmerman – “Disability, Civil Rights & Social Policy in Israel”

Professor Rimmerman will join us from Israel via Skype, also in the Quitman Library at 10:00 AM.

Sunday, Nov. 22: Devora Greenberg – “The Masorti Movement: Blessings & Challenges”

Devora Greenberg is visiting the U.S. from Israel as a representative of the Masorti (Israeli Conservative) movement.  Come hear the latest news from Israeli progressive Judaism, also at 10:00 AM.

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 4-5: Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

Maharat Neiss is one of a small group of female ordained Orthodox clergy (and the niece of GJC member David Picker).  She will be our scholar-in-residence for Shabbat, speaking at a potluck dinner on Friday night (on “Dialogue and Confrontation” using the work of Soloveitchik), giving the d’var Torah in the Charry Service on Saturday morning (on “Lighting the Darkness”), and teaching at a Tisch after services (on “Breaking Walls, Opening Doors” about the ordination of female Orthodox clergy).  Come learn with one of the bright lights of progressive orthodoxy!