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Every 5 years American Jews have the opportunity to vote in the World Zionist Congress and have influence in a way that American Jews rarely have in Israel. While this may seem like a small arcane election, in fact, critical decisions, influential positions, and funding for Movements are all at stake in this coming election. The WZC makes decisions regarding key institutions which allocate nearly $1 Billion annually to support Israel and World Jewry.
Voting for MERCAZ is the best and most direct way to send a message to leaders in Israel that pluralism, democracy and equality are critical to creating a strong and vibrant Israel.
Our opponents on the ground will watch this election as a bellwether of where the American electorate stands. It is critical for them to see a strong and vibrant vote from the American Conservative movement of Judaism.
Cast your vote today at Beth-Jacob.org/Mercaz!
The Beth Jacob Congregation Rabbinical Search Committee is excited to share that we invited two candidates for Shabbat weekend visits and they both accepted! Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum will join us February 6 to February 9, and Rabbi Adam Rubin will join us February 27 to March 1. We are planning the visits now and will find ways for everyone who is interested to meet the candidates.
-Ricka Kohnstamm and Rosanne Zaidenweber
For information and updates on the Beth Jacob Rabbinic Transition process, including Search Committee updates, Survey and Conversation reports, and a Timeline, go to the “Rabbi Transition” tab on the top of the page, or click here.
With Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm
Judaism is not just a religion or a culture or people, or even a way of living in the world – it is a world unto itself, encompassing ancient and newer rituals, complex ideas, and thousands of years of history. If you’ve been curious about Jewish learning but didn’t know where to start, this class is for you! Join Rabbi Tamar, as well as some guest teachers, for an adventure in Jewish learning using The American Jewish University’s On One Foot: An Intro to Judaism Coursebook created by friend and colleague Rabbi Adam Greenwald. The coursebook covers all of the essentials in an interactive format that encourages personal engagement. This course is ideal for students seeking a basic orientation to fundamental Jewish concepts, whether you grew up in a Jewish or Jew-ish home, or not. Tuition is on a sliding scale from $36 to $180 and is open to Beth Jacob members as well as the general community. Please go to Beth-Jacob.org/intro to register. For students interested in conversion, please indicate that when you register.
Classes will be offered twice a month beginning during Sukkot. The first class will be Wednesday, October 16th. After that, class will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm-8 pm, except in the case of holidays and other extenuating circumstances. The class will also celebrate Jewish Holidays together.
Sign up at Beth-Jacob.org/intro
- Iyunim for 4th grade and under
- Kehillat Shabbat for 4th grade and older
- Madrichim for 9-12 grades
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