“The Schmear” Podcast: Exploring Your Jewish Identity Through Jewish Food
SUNDAY | DEC. 8 | 9:30 AM
Join Beth Schenker for an exploration of all the richness and history that make the subject of Jewish food so enticing. Beth, the host and Executive Producer of The Big Schmear, will share excerpts and stories from her podcast episodes, providing interesting anecdotes with a behind the scenes look how her podcast came to life.
What Are We Doing When We Say “Amen”?
SUNDAY | DEC. 8 | 10:45 AM
Using tools from the philosophy of language to explore the significance of saying “Amen.” Let’s seek to understand not only why this word is apt in religious contexts (i.e., after prayers) but why there has developed a secular usage as well. This approach will be contrasted with leading theories from the rabbinic tradition.
Life Stories & Legacy: Our Jewish Journeys
SUNDAYS | JAN. 26, FEB. 2, 9 | 10:45 AM
A Three-Part Series on Faith & Writing
Part I: The Legacy Letters In this workshop, we will read excerpts from older texts to get a feel for how values and ethics have been articulated over the years. We will identify some of our own values and get some thoughts onto the page. You will leave the workshop with prompts to help you explore them on your own.
Part II: Faith Formation Our children have their own idea about God, Torah, the soul and the people in their lives. We will look at examples of children’s writing and talk about ways we can support and guide children on their Jewish spiritual journeys.
Part III: Before I Go
An ethical will helps us pass along stories and wisdom that create a spiritual legacy. They address questions that may not come up during daily conversation such as, What makes a good life? What are sources of hope in your life? Or how do you see God? We’ll talk about the potency of unearthing significant spiritual memories and shaping them into words for generations to come.
Jewish History of Chicago: Jews, Housing and the Contract Buyers League
SUNDAY | FEB. 23 | 9:30 AM
Learn from Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein, Director of the Justice Fellowship in Chicago & Educational Consultant for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, about the complicated role Jews have had in shaping Chicago neighborhoods and housing policy.
Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month Presentation: History of Jewish Chicago – Friedman Place
SUNDAY | FEB. 23 | 10:45 AM
Come learn about the history of Friedman Place and how it changed – along with its Jewish character – over nearly nine decades to its current incarnation as a modern nonprofit specially designed to serve the needs of people who are disabled and blind.