Adults
Worship

Friday: 

6:15 pm, Erev Shabbat Service
Click on this link just before 6:15 pm to join us!
Shabbat prayerbook materials can be downloaded here.

Saturday:


8:30 am, Lay-Led Shabbat Morning Service
We will be gathering online at 8:30am for Lay-Led Shabbat Morning Services. Please click here to join us.


9:00 am, Shabbat Morning Torah Study 
Join Rabbi Todd Markley or Rabbi Julie Bressler for an exploration of the week’s Torah portion as we connect ancient text to modern life. No previous experience with Torah study is required...just an open mind and a desire to learn more!

We will be gathering online starting at 8:30am for Lay-Led Shabbat Morning Services, and continuing at 9:05am for Torah Study.  Please click here to join us. Feel free to join at 9:05 after Shabbat Services if that's your preference!

7:00 pm, Havdalah with Rabbi Todd & the Markley Family
You are once again invited to join the Markley family for virtual havdalah, connecting their home with yours. If you would like to, feel free to bring:

1) A candle (any kind will work!)
2) A sweet smelling spice (cinnamon is perfect, but anything will work!)
3) A glass of juice or wine


Or just come! All are welcome, even if you don't have these items at home. Click on this link just before 7:00pm to join us! 


Daily Lay-Led Minyan Services 

 

Lay-Led Morning Minyan

Mondays and Thursdays, 7-7:30am 
Members of our community gather virtually for a warm and inclusive lay-led service.  These services take place even if there are fewer than ten participants, last about 20-30 minutes, and are a meaningful way to start your day. Click here to join in at 7am on Mondays and Thursdays.

 

Lay-Led Evening Minyan

Mondays through Thursdays, 6:45-7:15pm 
Members of our community gather virtually for a warm and inclusive lay-led service.  These services take place even if there are fewer than ten participants, last about 20-30 minutes, and are a meaningful way to end your day. Click here to join in at 6:45pm, Mondays through Thursdays.

Weekly Events 

Torah Study is Great, but What Happens in the REST of the Hebrew Bible?

Wednesdays, 10:00 am
Once you are registered, please join the class here.

Have you ever wondered where the Biblical stories of our ancestors go after Moses' death at the end of the Book of Deuteronomy?  Our Torah-study cycle allows us to spend a lot of time on the five books of Torah, but what about the rest of what appears in the Hebrew Bible?  Rabbi Bob Orkand will be holding monthly Shabbat learning sessions to explore these Biblical books.  All welcome, no prior text study experience required.  

Friday Morning Pre-Shabbat Yoga 

Fridays, 9:00-10:00 am
Join the online class by clicking here.

Check out the archives of previous sessions here.


Join Stephanie Javaheri every Friday for a mindful and invigorating yoga flow to build strength and flexibility of body and mind. This is a perfect way to get ready for Shabbat! Come with an open mind and experience what yoga can do for you!  Stephanie Javaheri: “My yogic journey began nearly 20 years ago. Initially, it was just a physical practice to complement my busy and athletic lifestyle. I aim to create classes for every student that leaves them feeling calm, centered, and energized. My belief is that yoga is for everyone, not just yogis or athletes.”

Held online from the comfort of your home. Register here. Only one registration needed; join in every week! Contact Stephanie with questions or comments.

Beginnings of Judaism,

with Rabbi Bob Orkand

Mondays, 12:00-1:30 pm 
Classes will resume in the fall!

How did Judaism develop from its biblical roots to the highly developed system we know today? What has changed—and what has remained constant? The roots of Judaism reach back to the Hebrew Bible. For thousands of years, Jews have looked to the Tanach for their origins, and have located in them the tenets of their faith. Though Jews of every generation have recognized and cherished the Bible as the ultimate source of all Jewish existence, much of what is recognized today as Judaism does not appear in the Bible
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In The Beginnings of Judaism, participants will explore how the Jewish faith struggled to continually redefine itself during the first thousand years after the completion of the last books of the Hebrew Bible, tenaciously clinging to existence through circumstances that might logically have marked its end. This course explores the evolution of an ancient faith into a system of beliefs, practices, and laws recognizable today as Judaism.

Note: This is the second part of this course which began in the Fall of 2019.  We will be beginning with the Maccabees.  Since each unit stands alone, participation in part one is not necessary.

Book Recommendations

Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz

This book will be the topic of Rabbi Julie's book discussion group!

After a decade as a political speechwriter—serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign—Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is. 

Buy it Here


The Plague by Albert Camus

A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.

Buy it Here


Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered

by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

On a night in 1999 when Sarah Tuttle-Singer was barely 18, she was stoned by Palestinian kids just outside one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. In the years that followed, she was terrified to explore the ancient city she so loved.
But, sick of living in fear, she has now chosen to live within the Old City's walls, living in each of the four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish.
Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered is a book for anyone who’s wondered who really lives in Israel, and how they coexist. It’s a book that skillfully weaves the personal and political, the heartwarming and the heart-stopping. It’s a book that only Sarah Tuttle-Singer can write. The Old City of Jerusalem may be set in stone, but it’s always changing—and these pages capture that.

Buy it Here

What to Watch

Shtisel

A Haredi family living in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem reckons with love, loss and the doldrums of daily life.

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Fauda

A top Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian fighter he thought he'd killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion.

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Unorthodox

A Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage and is taken in by a group of musicians — until her past comes calling.

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One of Us

In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community.

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The Devil Next Door

A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

Watch Here

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