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Yom Kippur Study Sessions

After the Yom Kippur morning service, learn, study and reflect in one of the study sessions led by scholars of the temple. Participation is open to all congregants and their guests. Sessions are held from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

Esther, Ruth, Deborah
Rabbi Phil Hiat
These three women saved the peoplehood of Israel and are heralded in scripture! Come and explore their remarkable gifts and how they helped to shape our history - and can still influence your future!

What's in a Name?
Warren Klein, Museum Curator 
Ever wonder how certain spaces at Emanu-El got their names? Who was Frank Greenwald or Leon Lowenstein? Come take a dive through the Temple Archives as we explore some of the faces behind the names. Who were these individuals and what was their connection to Temple Emanu-El?

Rabbi Sara Sapadin
Dive with me, once again, into one of the most captivating, enigmatic and profound stories of our tradition. Together we will mine the depths of this text, focusing on Chapter Two, as we follow our powerful yet petulant hero on the journey of a lifetime. More than just a parable of repentance, Jonah is a story about humanity and our shared strivings, struggles, and frailties. Which parts of his journey speak to our experience on Yom Kippur and which parts speak to the collective human condition? Come and discover! No prior knowledge necessary.

Rabbi Richard Davis
Emmanuel Levinas wrote a collection of essays, Difficile Liberté (Difficult Freedom), that is considered an excellent introduction to Jewish thought, philosophy, Biblical and Talmudic commentary, as well as educational theory. One essay, “A Religion for Adults,” clarifies that religion is, indeed, ethics. His work reminds us of the classical Reform model of Jewish life out of which our Congregation Emanu-El has itself blossomed – and from which Yom Kippur itself is themed.

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