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All I Want for Chanukah is a Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming up, which raises the annual question: Am I a bad Jew if I put up a Christmas tree? Should we consider Christmas trees a deeply religious symbol of Christianity, or simply a festive holiday decoration? With Rabbi Aaron, explore what our ancient rabbis might have to say, ways interfaith families might navigate this dilemma, and how this time of year impacts American Jewish identity at large.

Date:
Dec 15, 2021 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

$12
Free for those who really want to learn Torah, but their budget is a little tight right now.

Category:
Holidays

VIRTUAL: Cooking with Pati Jinich

Treasures of the Mexican Table

From the James Beard Award-winning Mexican chef and Emmy Award-nominated TV host Pati Jinich comes Treasures of the Mexican Table, a culmination of Jinich’s decades-long quest to discover the best of her home country’s culinary treasures. In this virtual cooking class, follow along at home as Jinich teaches you how to make two recipes from the book.

Date:
Dec 15, 2021 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

Ticket: $22
Ticket + Signed Book: $45

Category:
Authors & Talks

Jewish Flavor: Slow-Cooked Stews

Shabbat overnight stews have existed for centuries throughout the Jewish diaspora, providing a solution for the ancient Jewish desire to feast on a hot meal on Shabbat. Chef Vered Guttman is back with new recipes beyond your grandmother’s cholent: Jerusalem style hamin macaroni, Ancient Persian haleem and overnight vegetarian stuffed vegetable.

Date:
Dec 16, 2021 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

$12
Free to those in financial need.

Category:

Friday Night Services

With Rabbi Nora

This inclusive service led by Rabbi Nora and musicians Aaron Shneyer, Sarah Fredrick and Jeff Geld blends contemporary and traditional elements for an experience that feels both familiar and fresh.

Date:
Dec 17, 2021 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

In-Person Attendance: FREE. Registration required.

Virtual Attendance: FREE via Facebook.

Category:
Shabbat Services

Shabbat at Home Resources

While our Jewish Life staff welcomes Shabbat into their own homes, we have plenty of resources to help you lead your own Shabbat at home.

Date:
Dec 24, 2021 • 7:00 pm ET
Category:
Shabbat Services

Basically Jewish

Rabbi Nora leads an experiential, five-week introduction course to Judaism course designed for those looking to reconnect with Judaism, as well as non-Jews looking to discover.

Date:
Jan 3, 2022 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

SOLD OUT

Category:
20s & 30s Programming

Start Fresh: Monthly Morning Intention-Setting

Inspired by Rosh Chodesh, the start of a new month in the Jewish calendar, Rabbi Nora leads song-filled morning prayers and kavvanot (intentions) to start your day.

Date:
Jan 6, 2022 • 8:30 am ET
Admission:

FREE. RSVP via Zoom.

Category:
Jewish Education

The Minimalists – Love People Use Things Tour

Netflix stars Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are bringing a minimalism talk and a live version of their popular podcast on the road for their first tour in three years: the Love People, Use Things Tour.

Date:
Jan 6, 2022 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

$30

Category:
Authors & Talks

Shabbat: Exhale

With Alison Cohen

At this one-hour alternative Shabbat service, unwind and reconnect through guided meditation, reflection on Jewish teachings, and communal singing. Mindfulness teacher Alison Cohen and musician Aaron Shneyer will be your guides, whether you participate from our pews or virtually from home.

Date:
Jan 7, 2022 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

In-Person Attendance: FREE.
Registration required.

Virtual Attendance: FREE
via Facebook.

Category:
Shabbat Services

Hanya Yanagihara

In Conversation with Barrie Hardymon

From the author of A Little Life comes To Paradise, a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia.

Date:
Jan 10, 2022 • 7:00 pm ET
Admission:

In Person:
Ticket: $18
Ticket + Signed Book: $40

Virtual:
Ticket + Signed Book: $40

Category:
Authors & Talks
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