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Torah Learning Nov 4-830PM

10.27 Healing Partnership 2nd CommemorationTorah Study is part of the second year commemoration honoring the lives lost and the people affected by the attack on three Pittsburgh synagogues – Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation, and Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation – on October 27, 2018 (18 Cheshvan 5779). 



Rabbi Deborah Waxman

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, PhD

Drawing on Jewish Wisdom and Practice to Cultivate Resilience

The first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and a Jewish seminary, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, PhD, became president of Reconstructing Judaism in 2014. Since then, she has drawn on her training as a rabbi and historian to be the Reconstructionist movement’s leading voice in the public square. Rabbi Waxman is the host of Hashivenu, a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience.


Rabbi Berkun

Rabbi Jonathan Berkun

There is No Place Like Home: Finding Holiness Wherever We Are

Rabbi Jonathan Berkun is the spiritual leader of the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, the second largest Conservative synagogue in the state of Florida, and is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He was raised in Pittsburgh where his father, Rabbi Alvin Berkun, was the Rabbi of Tree of Life Congregation from 1983 – 2006. The day after the attack, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun came to Pittsburgh to assist his father and Rabbi Myers in officiating funerals and attending vigils. Rabbi Berkun received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and served as President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami and Vice President of the Rabbinic Cabinet for Jewish Federations of North America.

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All sessions will take place on the Zoom platform and will each be 50 minutes in length.  There will be up to two simultaneous sessions offered at each time slot.

Pre-registration for specific sessions is required.  You will be sent a zoom link for each session you register for, 24 hours prior to the session. 

Sessions will take place during six timeslots, on both the English and Hebrew commemorative dates, featuring the following instructors and topics: 

Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00 PM

Hazzan Henry Rosenblum – Using Cantillation to Interpret Torah

Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel – The Hidden Things Belong to HaShem: Accompanying Others Through Loss

Tuesday, October 27 at 1:00 PM

Rabbi Leon Morris – Becoming a Human Torah – In Life and in Death

Rabbi Jack Riemer – A Little Bit of Comfort for Those Who Mourn Today

Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 PM

Rabbi Gordon Tucker – Randomness and Moral Agency: Lessons from the Book of Job and Beyond

Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit – Repairing the Soul and the World: Together in Healing and Justice

Wednesday, November 4 at 8:30 PM

Rabbi Deborah Waxman – Drawing on Jewish Wisdom and Practice to Cultivate Resilience

Rabbi Jonathan Berkun – There is No Place Like Home: Finding Holiness Wherever We Are

Thursday, November 5 at 12:00 PM

Rabbi Rick Jacobs – Pursuing Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Authentic Jewish Practice

Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein – Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Thursday, November 5 at 1:00 PM

Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz – As Memories Fade: Yizkor and Historical Amnesia

Rabbi Cheryl Klein – More than Zachor (Remember)

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Torah Study – Second Year Commemoration

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 @ 8:30 PM - 9:20 PM

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Rabbi Amy Bardack

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