Featured Events & Activities
Lecture Friday, Jan. 15;
Discussion Sunday, Jan. 17, 7 pm at Beth-Jacob.org/Discuss
On Friday, January 15 from 12:00-1:15 (CST) JTS will host the Rev. John Vaughn (Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta), who will deliver the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Lecture. His lecture, entitled “In Honor of MLK: The Relentless Pursuit of Racial Justice,” will explore renewing the Black-Jewish coalition for social justice. Click here for more information (including how to register) about the January 15 lecture.
On Sunday, January 17, we will host a post-lecture discussion, facilitated by Adult Ed co-chairs Monica Kelly and Leslie Morris. For those of you unable to attend the Friday lecture, Monica and Leslie will present the key points. Aaron Silver and Rafi Forbush will respond briefly to the lecture before we open it up for a congregation-wide discussion. We hope you’ll join us at Beth-Jacob.org/Discuss!
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 pm
On Tu Bishvat, the “new year for the trees,” we celebrate the arrival of the earliest buds of spring in Israel! We will mark the occasion with a Tu Bishvat seder after dinner on Wednesday, January 27. Sign up for a Tu Bishvat Seder kit, and break it out as we join Rabbi Rubin on Zoom for a festive service where we celebrate the 7 species.
The 7 species are found in the Torah, grow in the land of Israel, and are markers of abundance. They are barley, pomegranates, wheat, olives, dates, figs, and grapes, and each will be in your Tu Bishvat Seder kit, along with a few extra plant-based treats. These foods are meant to help us connect to the earth and to the land of Israel. Rabbi Rubin will lead us in blessings, and special guests will discuss our relationship to the earth, plants and trees around us, the rhythm of the agricultural year, and our connection to the land of Israel.
Thursday, January 21, 7 pm on Zoom With Rabbi Amy Ariel
Register at Beth-Jacob.org/GanEden
You’ve been tracking Monarch Migrations for years? Have your own Climate Victory Garden? Given your yard over to native plants? Just starting to think about it?
Sometimes we pursue justice, and sometimes we grow it!
Anticipating Tu BiShevat, let’s dig into some texts, learn about actions we can take, and dream about spring together. Bring your questions! Bring pictures of your garden to share! Bring seed offerings and seed requests to make connections for swaps and shares! No Previous Gardening Experience Necessary!
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February 13 at Noon (After Services) on Zoom at Beth-Jacob.org/Book
Beth Jacob Book Group will meet online in February – Get a head start by reading the book this month!
The welcoming and acceptance of immigrants and refugees have been central to America’s identity for centuries, yet America has periodically turned its back in times of the greatest humanitarian need. After the Last Border is an intimate look at the lives of two women as they struggle for the twenty-first century American dream, having won the golden ticket to settle as refugees in Austin, Texas. Book discussion will take place after services on Feb. 13.