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Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Kideckel

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Kideckel returns!

Our next meet up will be on Thursday, November 18th at 12:00 via Zoom! 

Lunch & Learn regularly scheduled for the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, at 12:00, so please mark your calendars and plan to join us!  For the Zoom link to Lunch & Learn, please contact the Beth El office, (860) 442-0418.


Join together with Rabbi Kideckel for Lunch and Learn as we study the Shalom Hartman Institutes Adult Education series:

iEngage: Together and Apart

The Future of Jewish Peoplehood

The first sections will explore the traditional multifaceted features of Jewish peoplehood and asks whether we have the language, categories, ideas, and imagination to tell a story of Jewish peoplehood that works for this age. How can we ensure that the relationship between Jews in Israel and Jews across the world remains dynamic and meaningful despite our many differences?

The second sections will explore some of the central issues challenging the experience and viability of a unified Jewish people in the twenty-first century. Jewishness involves a collective identity and consciousness. Throughout our history, this awareness was challenged by ideological, religious, cultural, and geographic differences which threatened to pull us apart. What is particularly challenging today is that it is precisely those forces which served to unite Jews in the twentieth century – Israel, Zionism, and antisemitism – that have become the locus of Jewish debate and divisiveness. The upcoming units delve into the sources of these disagreements and explore ways to foster greater understanding and clarity about the challenges we face and the possible ways forward.

The last section will shift to the question of conceptualizing Jewish peoplehood. What frameworks and models have been used in the past to define and govern the relationship between Israel and world Jewry? How can we reimagine models of peoplehood that can rebuild a sense of togetherness?

Fri, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782