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Society for the Advancement of Judaism

A tradition can live only so long as it continues to change.”
  —Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan


Click here for SAJ Vision Statement for 2016-2021.  Written by ​Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, September 2016

First Friday: Shabbat Kef (Fun!)

Friday, December 2, 2016 

6:15 PM- Shabbat Blessings and Pizza
6:45 PM (approx.) - Israeli Dancing/Board Games & Shmoozing. Rina Rinkewich Spielberg, an experienced Israeli Dance Instructor, teaches all over New York City, and is excited to teach you some traditional Israeli dances, and some contemporary line dances, popular at Jewish summer camps.
NO Israeli Dance Experience Necessary, For all ages and ability levels. $10 for non-members to offset the cost of pizza.

The Great Debates: Hillel and Shammai Adult Education Class Taught by Rabbi Lauren

Thursdays December 1, 8, 15, 22

Note: A light nosh will be served at 7:00PM, and we will begin the study by no later than 7:15PM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The "School (literally, "house") of Hillel" and the "School of Shammai" are names of the most famous schools that flourished -- and bitterly disagreed-- in Palestine during the first century and which contributed to the development of the oral law. In this class, we will explore more about the legends, Hillel and Shammai, and their “schools’” famous arguments.  We will go beyond the simple stories that are nearly ubiquitous in contemporary Jewish life to discern:  What kinds of issues did they debate about?  What world views did they represent and how did their arguments--and the outcomes of those shape our Judaism today?  

As we search, we will look for echoes of their tropes in our current conversations about approaching Judaism, tradition and modernity.  

RSVP's helpful. Click here to RSVP.

Sun, 4 December 2016 4 Kislev 5777