April 2021 Events

        KOL AMI of Boca Raton
An affiliate of Reconstructing Judaism

Don’t forget you can always find things of interest at My Jewish Learning’s The Hub.  https://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-hub/

AND, Ritualwell from Reconstucting Judaism always has interesting programs to dive into. Check them out here.

Tuesday, April 6th at 12:00 p.m.
Journeying to Sinai: Seven Workshops for the Omer
Gevurah: Trusting Yourself to Know What You Need| Led by Sabrina Sojourner
People reinforce who we are by rewarding the behaviors they want, and we grow to believe the narrative that they shaped. When the narrative does not work for us, it can feel like we are wearing shoes that are too tight, causing our whole being to hurt. We may fail to feel good about ourselves and not trust our own feelings or perceptions. Using Torah and poetry, we will explore possibilities for connecting Within and Without as a path toward healing and creating an authentic narrative, enhancing our ability to trust ourselves. Register here.

Thursday, April 8th at 1:30 p.m.
Jews, Race & Religion: “Funny – You Don’t Look Jewish!”

This session will explore the intersections of race, religion, and Jewish identity in the context of mixed race families in contemporary U.S. society.  Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt will talk about the research they did for their book, JewAsian, in addition to connections between this work and current demographic trends

For more information about Jews, Race & Religion and registration:
https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/center-jewish-ethics/jews-race-and-religion

Sunday, April 11th at 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Rabbi Julie’s Spring 2021 Education Series: Reconstructing Judaism – Tradition and Change: What Does Reconstructing Judaism Mean In the World of Today?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote about the “fierce urgency of now.”  We live in a world of great distress and suffering.  How can an ancient religious tradition be relevant to contemporary struggles and experience?  Can a four thousand year old tradition really provide nourishment and guidance for today’s crises of loneliness, isolation, climate, white supremacy and extreme economic inequality? How does our denomination, Reconstructing Judaism, face the “fierce urgency of now?”
Assigned reading:
https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/why-reconstructionism-now

Register at info@leyvhair.org, or call 215-629-1995  to request that the remote access information will be sent to you the day before each session. More information and assigned readings are available of Rabbi Leyv Ha-Ir’s educational page.

Monday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Holocaust and Jewish History with Michael Berenbaum

Every Jew understands that the Holocaust was a formative event in 20th-century Jewish History, in the history of 20th-century humanity, with implications that carry well into the 21st century. Yet, many questions can be asked about the place of the Holocaust in Jewish History. Join us for a lecture that will seek to place the Holocaust in the context of Jewish History. Being mindful of our unique moment in history – standing in the presence of the last survivors, yet a distance of 76 years from the event, we will address these questions of significance at the moment of transition between lived history and historical memory.

For addition information and registration:
https://www.habermaninstitute.org/events-2021-spring/2021/berenbaum

Tuesday, April 13th at 12:00 p.m.
Journeying to Sinai: Seven Workshops for the Omer
Tiferet: Poetry as a Spiritual Experience | Led by Jake Marmer
Poet Denise Levertov famously wrote: “To contemplate… means, not simply to observe, to regard, but to do these things in the presence of a god … So—as the poet stands open-mouthed in the temple of life, contemplating his experience, there come to him the first words of the poem.” Poetry had always been a gateway toward the spiritual — and because of its penchant for contradictions, it is in poetry’s domain that we can bring together, with gusto, vision and music, piety and sarcasm, traditions and subversions, holy rage and deep empathy. In this workshop, we’ll come together to discuss, explore, and compose poetry as a spiritual practice. No previous experience with poetry necessary! Register here.