Candlelighting is at 4:39 pm
In this newsletter:
Shabbat info
Panel on talking to children about Anti-Semitism
Follow-up class with Rabbi Steve Greenberg
Community Announcements
Shacharit this week, Parashat Va'era, at 9:30 am followed by kiddush. No babysitter this week, parent supervision in the playroom. Tefillah and Siddur class at 8:45 am at Mercaz (snacks provided).
Next weeks kiddush is open for sponsorship. Email or click on the google doc below.  
Kiddush Sign-Up
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Va'era: The Weighing of the Heart
Thursday night learning at Mercaz this week! 9:00-10:30.
Follow-up class with Rabbi Steve Greenberg 
The Old Made New and the New Made Holy: Contemporary Rabbinic Response to Same-sex Desire and Relationship
Key Orthodox Leaders in Israel and America have been engaging with and responding to gay Jews for decades.  Suicide in Cairo, Butchers in Tlemcen, Umbrellas in Bombay, and a Soccer Player in Tiberias will help us grasp how some poskim are beginning to respond in new ways.  Lastly, we will share the responses of three contemporary Orthodox rabbis in Israel and the US that have recently written specifically on the topic of same-sex desire and relationship.

Sunday, February 2nd 
1 pm to 2:30 pm (Some pre-Superbowl Torah learning)

Suggested donation of $18 per person
Home of James Packman and Andrew Cohen
RSVP requested (address given out upon RSVP)
Please contact to RSVP.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg  is the founding director of Eshel and a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), which won the Koret Book Award for Philosophy and Thought. He lives with his partner Steven Goldstein and his daughter Amalia in Boston.
2020 Women*'s Megillat Esther reading!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 4pm. More info at To read, please sign up at that document directly, or let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!


* What do we mean by "Women's"? This reading is by and for women. This event is meant to encourage female representation in the traditional Orthodox space. In order to encourage women to participate, as of 2019, this will be a women-only space. If all the individuals reading at the Women's reading share that they are comfortable with the presence of men during the reading, this can be revisited in the future. If some or all of the readers wish to organize another mixed reading at another time during the holiday, we also welcome that. Note that for reading of other megillot, such as Megillat Ruth, we have an all-gender welcome to read/listen model.

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