Tisha Be'Av Teaching "The Evolution of an Ideal: What Does Tikkun Olam Really Mean?"
Join Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem for this Tisha Be'Av teaching session. Tikkun olam is a catchcry in contemporary liberal society. It is used as a slogan for activism, a call for political involvement, and an expression of the coveted ideal of social justice. What did the Sages mean when they coined the term “tikkun olam”? This teaching will invite us to explore how the meaning of the term has developed over the ages. We will conclude by considering the positive and negative aspects of the evolution of tikkun olam. Click here for the full Tisha Be'Av schedule.
Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary
Hazon Bike Ride: Join the BJ Revolutionaries This Summer
It's never too early to start planning for the summer and what better way than to join the BJ Revolutionaries team for the 2014 Hazon New York Bike Ride. BJ has traditionally sent the largest and strongest team to the Ride, and we want this year to be no exception. It's become an even more fulfilling experience now that the Ride's base has returned to the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in the southern Berkshires. Click here to learn more about this year’s Ride and Retreat and to sign up. Contact Gil Kulick with any questions.
Location: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Historic People's Climate March - Save the Date
With our future on the line and the whole world watching, people from across the country will mobilize to demand concrete action on climate change and an economy that works for people and the planet - a world with good jobs, clean air, and safe communities for everyone. In September, world leaders are convening in NYC for a summit on climate change. Let's send them a message that will galvanize action to save our environment. We’re excited to begin the Shmita (sabbatical) year, when the Torah instructs us to nurture the life-giving capacities of the earth and the people who depend on it as part of the Jewish Climate Change contingent on. Stay tuned for more details. Let us know if you will march with BJ here.
Location: Exact Time and Location TBA
During the summer, the Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat service starts at 7:00PM in the 88th Street Sanctuary; for those who wish to come 15 minutes early, we will begin with spiritual preparation singing beautiful Shabbat melodies. Also during the summer: Shabbat morning services are conducted at the 88th Street Sanctuary; we’ll move back to 86th Street on September 9. Kabbalat Services will resume at 6:30PM on October 10. After the High Holy Days we will resume our full schedule of Shabbat services including Bo-i Kallah, Mindfulness, Family, Teen and more.
Wednesday, August 6 | 7:00PM | Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street
BJ member Sandee Brawarsky, culture editor of The Jewish Week, is moderating a conversation between authors Boris Fishman (“A Replacement Life“) and Zachary Lazar (“I Pity the Poor Immigrant“) followed by a book signing and reception. For more details, visit www.thejewishweek.com/summer-literary-series.