Weekly Study

Shabbat Deep Dive

Saturdays at 11am

Join Rabbi Cantor's interactive weekly Shabbat Torah and text study. After a short Torah reading, we'll delve into a section of the portion together, and conclude by reciting Kaddish and Kiddush (bring your own wine!).

Tangling with Talmud

Wednesdays at 10:30am

The Talmud is a rich and lively conversation among many generations. Passionate arguments about law and justice are intertwined with wild stories and musings about the meaning of life. Join in Rabbi Cantor's lively weekly study group and add your own voice to the discussion. No previous experience is required. New participants are always welcome. Please note that Tangling with Talmud will go on summer hiatus following the meeting on June 16.

 
Upcoming Events

Passover Yizkor Services

with Rabbi Debra S. Cantor

Sunday April 4, 11am

Join us to recall departed family and friends and connect to the traditions and love they gave us. We will also use this opportunity to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. One registration is all that’s needed to attend this and any future online Yizkor event.

Sisterhood Book Discussion:

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

with Rabbi Shari J. Cantor

Sunday April 11, 2pm

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces--potent magic, forbidden love--that boldly attempt to bridge that divide. Join Shari, who has a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies, to discuss this fascinating book. Register once to enjoy this and all future Sisterhood book discussions.

BTS Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration with Fireworks

Saturday April 17, 8:30 pm (rain date April 24)

We have much to celebrate! Bring your camp chairs and join us in the BTS parking lot as we safely gather to light Havdalah candles and enjoy Yom Ha'atzmaut fireworks in commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of Israel’s independence. Yes, seriously, there will be fireworks! Please arrive at 8:15pm to pick up your Havdalah candle and more.  If the forecast is for bad weather, watch your email or our website for an announcement of revised plans by 5pm on Friday. No registration is required for this event.

Multi-Synagogue Teach-in with GHIAA: Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Sunday April 18, 11am

"Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call "race"), that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources." 

-- American Public Health Association Past-President Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

 

Join clergy members and community leaders from area synagogues including our own Rabbi Cantor to learn more about the ways in which racism impacts public health as well as action steps you can take to create a more just and equitable community where you live.

Partners in Creation

Sunday April 25, 11am

Together, we will reflect on a short Jewish teaching and relate it to the challenges, uncertainties, and opportunities of our own time. Then we'll do some creative writing and expressive art with items easily found around the house. Just bring a pencil or pen and any kind of paper. Plus any kind of art supplies you have: colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, whatever. (Just pencil and paper is okay, too.) Absolutely no experience needed! One registration is all that's necessary to attend any upcoming Partners in Creation event.

BTS Sisterhood Shabbat

Friday May 7, 7pm

Join the BTS Sisterhood as our annual tradition continues with a special Shabbat service led by our members.  Since the days of Torah, there has been a special place for mothers in Jewish hearts and we’ll be honoring them together this year. All are welcome. One click is all it takes to attend this service and any online BTS Friday evening Shabbat worship in the future.

BTS Film Schmooze

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Sunday May 23, 7pm

Hava Nagila (The Movie) romps through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard, featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more. It follows the ubiquitous party song, called by some “the kudzu of Jewish music”, on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. Both funny and entertaining, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also profound, examining themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people. It is available for viewing on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play. Watch this film before the May 23rd and join Shari J. Cantor, who has a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies and has danced the hora to Hava Nagila at a wedding or two, for the discussion of this entertaining film. With one registration, you'll be able to attend this and any Film Schmooze event in the future.

Friends of Yiddish

Second Sundays*, 10:30am

Friends of Yiddish is an informal, mostly English, bilingual drop-in social group which meets to hear a guest speaker or discussion and maybe absorb a Yiddish word or two. Your one-time registration will ensure that you can attend any online Friends of Yiddish event moving forward.

Join us in 2021 on April 11, May 2, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12.

 

*Date occasionally shifts to accommodate other holidays and events. Register and watch your email to stay up to date.

Please note that, in order to preserve the sanctity and security of our worship and study, advance registration is required for all online BTS/Neshama events. Registration is required only once for any recurring event. you will receive confirmation by email and a reminder email with an event link 15 minutes prior to your meeting. 

Thank you for your interest and participation. We look forward to gathering with you.

BTS/Neshama events are open to all and are offered free of charge unless otherwise noted.

 

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