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

Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic & Racist Hate Speech: New Challenges & Possible Solutions

On Saturday, March 25, The Social Justice Action Committee (SOJAC) presents its Annual Luncheon and Presentation 

9:00 AM Tish by Nancy Ludmerer "Hate Speech: What our Tradition Teaches Us"

12:30: Luncheon followed by Presentation 

"Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic & Racist Hate Speech: New Challenges & Possible Solutions"

Reverend Joseph Jones, Faith Based Coordinator for Programs and Initiatives,

NYC Commission on Human Rights will talk about the legal issues connected with hate speech, how to recognize and report hate crimes as a victim or witness.

Art Eisenberg, long time Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) will speak about free speech and differentiating between a hate crime and hate speech.

Rabbi Marisa Elana James, co-chair of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)’s "House of Peace," a Jewish-Muslim outreach program, will speak about the possibilities of creating stronger Jewish-Muslim engagement in response to the increase in hate crimes.

Kiddush Lunch includes Home made soup and salads

There is no charge, but please click here to register so that we can prepare enough food. 

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lauren

“Women in the Torah and Midrash: Exploring Genesis”
Taught by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Bring your own nosh, SAJ will provide drinks.  

RSVPs helpful (but ok to come regardless!)

In each session, we will explore women and women’s roles as written in the Torah and explored in rabbinic midrash and/or modern interpretation.  Through each session, we will look at texts and think critically about why the torah was written as it was and its implications for today.  Each session will stand on its own, so feel free to come to all or none or any number in between. The next session is:

Thursday, March 23: Ms. Noah, Ms. Lot-- Ancient and Contemporary Midrash on Unnamed Biblical Women

More information and registration available here.

Hiddur Shabbat & Community Shir

SAJ's resident four-piece band joins for the monthly Hiddur Shabbat Service  Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 AM. The service is led by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann and Cantor Lisa Arbisser and accompanied by Naomi Less on guitar/vocals, Shy Kedmi on keyboard, Glenn Grossman on percussion and David Meer on Double Bass.  All are welcome for this special service.

We continue with our special Community Shir (singing) at 12:00 PM, followed by Kiddush at 12:30 PM. Be sure to join us for collective singing this Shabbat!

First Annual Hugh Baron Memorial Lecture

Join us to learn from Rabbi Manuel Gold, an engaging and out of the box scholar.

Click here for more details and to let us know if you are coming. 

Happy Hour Shabbat!

Friday, April 7, 6:30 PM
Join SAJ'ers Jason Smoller (oboe) and Ashley Windle (violin) for the second First Friday: Happy Hour Shabbat! The special cocktail the "15 West" will be available once again as we come together to drink, schmooze, and listen to some talented SAJ musicians.

Sun, 26 March 2017 28 Adar 5777