Yom Kippur Study Sessions

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Join us on Wednesday, Ocober 12, Yom Kippur,  for day of meaningful  introspection and lively discussion

9:00amFamily Services
10:00amMorning & Musaf Services
2:00pmGuest: Playwright and actor Vicki Juditz will perform “Teshuvah/Return: Stories of Personal Transformation”
3:00pmStudy Sessions/Meditative Time - study sessions TBA
4:30pmAfternoon Services (Yizkor and Neilah)
6:30pmBreak The Fast

Yom Kippur Study Sessions – 5777 / 2016

1. Are We Witnessing The Demise of Democracy In The United States and Israel?
Facilitator: Marshall Kaplan, Advisor Fuel Freedom Foundation and Merage Foundations.

Both Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have not fared well in polling concerning public trust and public confidence. Lack of excitement concerning America’s leadership choices is reflected in many Western democracies. For example, Britain changed Prime Ministers, President Hollande’s poll numbers in France are barely visible, and Chancellor Merkel’s approval ratings in Germany have tumbled precipitously. There is increasing doubt in Israel and among Jews worldwide about where Prime Minister Netanyahu’s leadership is taking the country.

This session will discuss the problems of leadership in the West, focusing on the U.S. and Israel. Does our negative view of leaders and leadership in both nations suggest that our democratic institutions are unable to respond to rising sectarianism, a divided electorate, terrorism and globalization? Do we need new definitions of leadership in Israel and the U.S. – definitions commensurate with present and likely future crises?

2. Who Deserves A Second Chance?
Facilitator: Sue Penn, Director of Congregational Learning

None of us is perfect. Most of us have made poor choices or followed an errant road sometime in our lives. The consequences of these choices have impacted us in many different ways. There are people in the Jewish community who are dealing with addiction, destructive behavior, incarceration and rehab. They tend to feel ostracized and sometimes unwelcome in our communal lives. As these people recover and return from restricted facilities, how do they reintegrate back into the communities of which they were once a part?

Experts say that “community” can play a large and positive role in reintegrating people successfully into society. What does that mean? What could that look like? What is our Jewish communal responsibility to welcome back those who need a second chance? We learn from the Sinai story that God gave Moses a second set of tablets after he smashed the first, providing him with a second chance to control his anger and become a better leader. Can we learn from this example? Do we want to? How can we ensure success for all?

3. Violence, Manhood and American Culture: An Interactive, Multimedia Session
Facilitator: Author and Lecturer, Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

This session will focus on the causes and potential responses to one of the great problems in our society and in our species: violence. Discussion will include the relationship between and among multiple forms of violence, including domestic and sexual violence, gang violence, bullying, school shootings, terrorism, and other forms of political violence. The facilitator — a longtime, nationally respected, leading anti-violence educator and social theorist — will share and discuss with participants a range of personal and institutional strategies for intervention and prevention.

4. Thoughts on the Creation of the Universe/Where Do Religion and Science Intersect?
Facilitator: Steve Stone, Ph.D.

In the last twenty years, discoveries in the sciences have allowed us to explain most of the Universe in ways we could never before access. We are now able to ‘see’ all the way back to an instant after the beginning. No longer is it necessary that we include a creation event or a creator concept like God in our rational thinking. That is not to say that a Super Natural event or Being is no longer possible. But, as we re-examine what we think and believe in light of these new discoveries, we need to ask ourselves what existed before the beginning. If there was an external to nature force, what was its nature? If not, how did something come from nothing and expand into a seemingly limitless void? How can our religious beliefs intersect with the immutability of scientific research? Join us as we explore these concepts.

5. Our Legacy: Reconstructionist Values Worth Living By, Transmitting and Inheriting
Facilitators: Ron Glickman and Arkady Serebryannik, Co-Founders of our Reconstructionist Study Group

Join us to discuss the basic values that guide Reconstructionist thinkers all over the world. Even though our Jewish religious practices may vary, we all agree on the importance of these tenets to guide our lives now and into the future. By being aware of these issues and enacting them through practice and discussion, we create a legacy for generations