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6:30 pm, March 16 - Musical Shabbat Services with Rabbi Noam Katz
Join Community Synagogue of Rye for a spirited musical Shabbat service with our guest Artist-in-Residence, Rabbi Noam Katz (composer of Roll into Dark and other tunes we love). Light refreshments will be served at our “Pre-Neg” before services, and everyone is welcome. This Shabbat service will take place in the Chapel at Rye Presbyterian Church.
8:45 am, March 17 - CJL Family Service & 4th Grade J: Life with Rabbi Noam Katz
All CJL parents are encouraged to join their children for our CJL Family service with guest musician Noam in the CSR education wing. In addition to our usual prayers, Noam will be teaching some new songs and melodies, including music inspired by his time with the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. After services, 4th Grade Families will have a chance to dive a little deeper into his experience as part of their J-Life program.
4:00 pm, March 17 - Free Family Concert and Dinner with Rabbi Noam Katz
Families with children ages 0-10 are invited to a free family concert, followed by a casual pizza dinner in the CSR education wing. With his great rhythms and spirit, Noam will have everyone on their feet, singing in dancing! The concert and dinner are free and open to all but RSVPs are required so we can ensure enough food. To join us for this special event, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Noam Katz is one of the most exciting and influential voices in contemporary Jewish music. He has brought his high-flying energy and soulful melodies to Jewish and interfaith audiences across North America, Africa and Israel.
A longtime songleader/educator at URJ Eisner, George and Kutz Camps, Noam has performed at URJ Biennials, CAJE, BBYO International, Limmud – England, NFTY Convention, and countless summer camps and congregations. He currently serves as the Rabbi/Dean of Jewish Living at The Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto, Ontario.
Noam’s debut recording, RAKIA includes 12 original Hebrew and English melodies ideal for Shabbat and Havdalah. His second album, MIREMBE, SALAAM V’SHALOM, features musicians from Africa and the Middle East, and includes his Ugandan-inspired “Am Yisrael Chai.” Noam’s third release, A DRUM IN HAND, blends Jewish prayers with the live energy of a drum circle. His newest album, AFTER THE FLOOD, includes 14 new songs that focus on resilience and remembrance.
In 2003, Noam embarked on the most exciting journey of his life, volunteering with the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. He has since shared their powerful story and music with audiences young and old, incorporating the message of Jewish unity and tikkun olam (healing the world) wherever he goes.
Join us to learn ways to make your Passover celebration more joyful and meaningful for your family.
Noam Zion has been a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute since 1978. He studied philosophy and holds degrees from Columbia University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He studied Bible and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Hartman Beit Midrash.
Friday, March 17
9:30 am Noam Zion will lead an interactive session with parents and grandparents of young children called "Beginning New Passover Traditions in your Family that Grow with Time." Participants will learn how to involve the whole family in an interactive, custom-made seder.
6:30 pm Shabbat dinner with our Scholar-in-Residence. Dinner reservations ($20 per adult/$10 per child with a maximum per family of $50) may be made payable to Community Synagogue of Rye or online here.
7:45 pm Noam Zion will speak at Shabbat services on "Dispelling Misconceptions of the Passover seder" followed by delicious desserts at the Oneg Shabbat.
Saturday, March 18
8:45 am A discussion for parents and grandparents of CJL students on the topic, "Beginning New Passover Traditions in your Family that Grow with Time."
10:30 am At Brunch and Learn, Noam Zion will speak about a "Guide to the Perplexed Seder Leader." All are welcome!
3:00 pm (at a private home in Rye)
Motzei Shabbat teaching on "Art, Politics and Psychology of the 4 Daughters and 4 Sons". Please RSVP for this event and you will be notified of the location.
This program is made possible through the Wolder Fund and other generous donors.
"The Once and Future Synagogue"
In keeping with this year's theme of “The Once and Future Synagogue,” we welcome Rabbi Daniel Freelander as our Spring Scholar-in-Residence. Rabbi Freelander is the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). Rabbi Freelander previously served the North American Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), beginning his career in 1975 and rising to Senior Vice President. His responsibilities have changed from national to international in scope, and from the Reform movement in particular to the larger Progressive Jewish world. Rabbi Freelander is a native of Worcester, MA and holds degrees from Trinity College, Hartford, and the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York. He serves on the boards of the Zamir Choral Foundation and Odyssey Networks, an interfaith media group.
Friday night - services at 6:30, presentation after services during dinner, "Antisemitism is Europe Today: what is the future for the Jews of that continent?"
Contrary to media reports, Jews are not leaving Europe in significant numbers. Jews are addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the political and demographic changes occurring daily throughout Europe. The Antisemitism of 2016 is markedly different than that experienced in earlier decades and centuries.
Shabbat morning Torah study: "parashat Shemini – What are the limits on what can take place in sacred spaces"
Nadav and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, perform a ritual act in the holy Tent of Meeting that results in God slaying them. What are the limits on ritual creativity? How do we determine what is appropriate – and what is not – in our own worship spaces?
Shabbat morning brunch and learn: "How the synagogue and its physical space can serve as a portal to greater Jewish involvement."
Synagogue design and space subliminally informs us of the messages of Judaism and congregational life. How do we ensure that we are projecting the messages we want to our members and visitors?
God has spoken to Moses…to the children of Israel…and to each one of us today saying, “You shall be holy ….” God has gifted us with His Commandments. They are a pathway to wholeness and holiness…freeing us to grow in kindness, a sense of community and developing compassionate hearts for others, especially those in need. May we discover anew this life-long journey of learning and loving each day.
Sister Danielle Baran serves as Pastoral Associate at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye. Prior to this, she served as principal of Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, N.Y. and Immaculate Conception School in Watervliet, N.Y. In addition, she has served as assistant provincial superior of the New York Province, directed spiritual retreats, and facilitated spirituality days for Catholic schools throughout the New York Archdiocese.
How Do Your Young Adult Children View the World?
We’re accustomed to understanding that our children are technology “natives,” while we remain forever digital immigrants. We are less used to the way our children have adapted to new social norms, new racial realities and new understandings of their personal power as consumers, as media producers, as institutional and political skeptics and as idealists who believe they can make the world a better place.
David Eisner is the CEO of Repair the World, a nonprofit through which more than 35,000 Jewish young adults participate in meaningful service with a Jewish lens; he’ll share insights into why MLK Day intersects directly with your children’s desire to find alternative forms of Jewish community based on improving the world. Repair the World works to make service a defining part of American Jewish life by engaging young Jewish adults in local and national service initiatives.
Topic: "Imagining at 21st Century Synagogue."
Richard Stephen Vosko, who holds a Ph. D. and M.F.A., is a Catholic priest who has worked throughout the U.S. and Canada as a designer and consultant for worship environments since 1970.
He served as the sacred space consultant for Synagogue 2000 (S2K), a project in which many Jewish congregations across the U.S. were involved in synagogue renewal. He was also on the Advisory Board of the Synagogue 3000 (S3K) Studies Institute and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of the Union for Reform Judaism.
His high profile projects include the planning program for the restoration of the historic Central Synagogue in NY and the Catholic Cathedral, Our Lady of the Angels, in LA.