In celebration of our 70th anniversary, Community Synagogue of Rye brings back one of our own – Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva – who now serves as the Herman Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies and InterReligious Institute Senior Fellow at Chicago Theological Seminary.
She works at the cutting edge of theological education, training religious leaders who can build bridges across cultural and religious difference for the critical work of social transformation. With a passion for justice and academic expertise in the history of scriptural interpretation, Rabbi Mikva's work addresses a range of Jewish and comparative studies, with a special interest in the intersections of sacred texts, culture and ethics.
She has published and spoken widely on dismantling anti-Muslim bias, interreligious engagement, economic and environmental justice, Jews and race, and working for a just peace in the Middle East.
Friday, October 19
Services at 6:30pm, followed by Congregational Dinner and Presentation
RSVP - $20 per person
Email - Communications@comsynrye.org
Dangerous Religious Ideas
Which religious ideas would you describe as dangerous, and what does that mean? Do we abandon them, refine them or try to ignore them? Do they contaminate the entire religious project, and what are the consequences for the role of religion in society?
Saturday, October 20
Torah Study Discussion - Parashat Lech L’cha
This was always Rabbi Mikva’s favorite part of the week; join us for a return engagement!
Gender and Sexuality: Judaism is edgier than you might think - Brunch ‘n Learn
What does it mean when we let God into the bedroom? Religious notions of proper sexual behavior are frequently wielded as weapons in today’s society, especially as they pertain to same-sex relationships. Questions of gender identity have created newly fraught intersections of religion and politics. Judaism certainly has a lot to say about these things, but some of it might surprise you.
Here is Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva reciting her Post-Parliament "To-Do" at 2015 Closing Plenary for the Parliament of the World's Religions.
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.