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Join us for Scholar in Residence Rabbi Avi Strausberg on "Worlds Within Words" on February 24-25. Details and registration here.

Scholar in Residence Shabbaton with Rabbi Avi Strausberg - Postponed

Upcoming Sessions

1. Friday, February 24, 2023 3 Adar 5783

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2. Saturday, February 25, 2023 4 Adar 5783

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

 Important Notification:  We've had to postpone our Scholar in Residence Shabbaton.  
The New Date is February 24-25.


If you reserved a place at dinner and can attend on the 24th, you're set.
If you reserved a place at dinner but can't attend then, call the office and let us know.  We'll arrange for a refund.
If you didn't reserve a place at dinner and want to come on the 24th, register below.  Deadline is February 17 @noon.

 

Shabbaton with Rabbi Strausberg

Theme: "Worlds Within Words"

Come to the full Shabbaton or select portions.  No charge for any of the sessions, except for the Friday night dinner. View a video introduction by Rabbi Strausberg here.

Registration form for dinner, info on home hospitality, and info on babysitting at the bottom of this page.

Schedule:

Friday

5:00 p.m.  The Shabbaton begins with a welcome reception.  We'll serve Mulled Cider and Cookies and have a chance to meet Rabbi Strausberg and welcome her to Worcester.

5:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat/ Ma'ariv.  A musical, spiritual Friday evening service led by Rabbi Fellman and Reena Slovin.  Welcome Shabbat together!

6:30 p.m.  Traditional Shabbat Dinner (with vegetarian options) for those who've preregistered.  Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for age 5-12, $5 for age 3-5, free for under 3. Maximum cost per household is $60.  

7:30 p.m.  Study Session #1: THE POWER OF WORDS TO DESTROY AND CREATE  

We'll use sources from  the world of Hasidut and Musar (Jewish morality) to reflect upon the constructive and destructive power of language.

7:30 p.m. Babysitting for children under 10 will be provided during the talk.

8:30 p.m. Dessert - open to all

Saturday

9:30 a.m. Services begin

10:45 Rabbi Strausberg gives Dvar Torah -  WORDS OF BLESSING AND CURSE: THE POWER OF LANGUAGE TO SHAPE REALITY - The positive aspects of language to rebuild

12:00 noon  Kiddush lunch sponsored by the Brotherhood and the Zaritt family

1:00 p.m.  Study Session 

THE POWER TO NAME:WHO GETS TO WIELD LANGUAGE?

We'll look at both early rabbinic as well as modern feminist midrashim (interpretations) to explore the relationship between naming, identity, and self-determination. 

1:00 p.m.  Babysitting will be provided during the talk.

Need Shabbat home hospitality or transportation to BI on Friday and/or Saturday?  Email reenaslovin@gmail.com

Need babysitting during the Friday night talk and/or the Saturday afternoon talk?  Call the Beth Israel office at 508 756-6204.

If you are registering for dinner and need a vegetarian meal or have special dietary needs, please contact Reena Slovin  reenaslovin@gmail.com

This Scholar in Residence Shabbaton is generously sponsored by Beth Israel's Endowment Fund along with the Krefetz, Slovin, and Zaritt Families. 

 

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