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

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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

Rabbinical Assembly

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Sunday May 6, 12pm -

Monday May 7, 12pm

Join the Conservative movement's coast-to-coast livestream as we spend 24 hours studying together. BTS/the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning is an event sponsor. Rabbi Cantor will be teaching at 1pm on Sunday and hosting from 6-7:30 that evening.

 

"Standing at the Foot of Sinai: Who Is with You and What Do You Hear?"

With Rabbi Debra S. Cantor, Sunday at 1pm

 

The Sages teach that, spiritually speaking, we were all present for the giving of Torah, and that Torah is revealed to us anew each day. They also teach that Torah is multi-vocal, speaking to each one of us individually. We’ll begin our session by delving into a few short rabbinic texts, and — using creative writing and expressive abstract art — reflect on what they say to us after a year of pandemic.

 

Please 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 fine, too.) Absolutely no experience needed and no registration is required.

BTS Shavuot Services

Monday May 17, 7pm

Join Rabbi Cantor on Zoom for a service which will include Ma’ariv, a d’var Torah and the recitation of Yizkor.

Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday May 21, 7pm

We'll gather safely and in-person to welcome Shabbat outdoors at BTS. Please bring your own chairs and masks.

 

No registration is necessary. In case of rain, in-person services will be not take place and we will gather online. If the weather is questionable, watch for an email by 5pm on the day of the event.

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

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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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