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Raising the Sparks: Teachings in Kabbalah and Hasidism

For medieval Jewish mystics the concept of Tikun Olam was not about repairing the world through matters of public policy. It was a matter of cosmic struggle, in which human beings were tasked with freeing divine "sparks," repairing worlds beyond our own. Later, in the 17th Century and beyond, a Jewish movement known as Hasidism was built on this theology and empowered Jews to rescue the holy "sparks" in their everyday lives. In this four-session class, we will explore these teachings and look for the divine sparks in our own lives.

 Dates: Wednesdays 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, & 2/24
Time: 7:30 - 9 PM
Faculty: Rabbinic Intern Nathan Kamesar
Location: Beit Midrash
Fee: No Charge

Lunch & Learn Series with Author Murray Dubin

While many of us know about the modern civil rights movement in the mid-20th century, few of us know about the African American struggles for equal rights in northern cities that were occurring one hundred years before that time period. And even fewer people know about the leaders of those efforts, African American men and women who, sadly, have been left out of many of our history books.

Join us in the Social Hall following Shabbat services on Saturday, February 13, when longtime SHS member Murray Dubin, who was a reporter and editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer for 34 years, and his co-author, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Daniel Biddle, will lead a discussion about their book, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

Speaker’s Corner Shabbat Series

Please join us Friday, February 19, at 6:15 PM, for Shabbat services and a Speaker's Corner presentation by Sayde Ladov. Sayde's topic of discussion will be: "What's happening in America? Reconciling free speech and political correctness through a Jewish prism."

Join us for TGIShabbat with Born Lau on Friday, February 26


Born Lau, originally from Hong Kong, began playing the violin at the age of seven and the viola at age eleven. Mr. Lau holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. A renowned, award-winning international violist, as both a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, the New Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Dreyfoos Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Colburn Orchestra. More recently, he served as Principal Violist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, as well as Guest Principal Violist of San Diego Symphony in 2012-2013.

We are delighted that Born Lau will share his extraordinary talent at our TGIShabbat service on Friday, February 26, at 6:15 PM. All are invited to stay for Shabbat dinner in the Social Hall following services.

Jewish History in 100 Nutshells

Jews Arrive in the New World

From what country were the first Jews to arrive in North America? Where did they land? Did they get here before or after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock? Who greeted them with anti-Semitism upon arrival? Find out by clicking on the Kesher to your left or clicking on the link below. 

Winter Issue of JHNS

Monthly Meditative Service

Join Rabbi Avi Winokur for his monthly Meditative Service. The next service will be Saturday, December 19, at 10 AM, during which he integrates the practices of Insight Meditation and traditional liturgy for a wholly different Shabbat experience.