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Touch Base Tuesday

Tuesday, Jun. 15 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join PJ Library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 8:00-9:00pm. Whether…

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Temple Sinai Tot Shabbat

Friday, Jun. 18 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
United States

Join us on YouTube Live for schmoozing with other parents of young ones, then a…

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one year old and teddy

Under One-derful Wednesdays

Wednesday, Jun. 23 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join PJ Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:00. This…

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Jewish Life & Learning in the News

Passport to Israel

Jewish Federation Urges Early Planning for Israel Teen Travel

November 12, 2020

Remote education will probably prevail for the foreseeable future, so teens and young adults are yearning for meaningful alternative learning.

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High Holiday Hook Up

High Holiday Hookup

August 31, 2020

Do you know what you’re doing for the High Holidays? Does anybody?!

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For those of you with children at home…

March 23, 2020

Learn tips for video chatting with young children, find virtual storytimes and other activities to do at home.

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eJewishPhilanthropy post on early childhood education

The Many Faces of Jewish Early Childhood Education

December 11, 2018

The Director of Early Childhood…

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In honor of the 11 lost on October 27, 2018

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

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Drawing on Jewish Wisdom and Practice to Cultivate Resilience
with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, PhD

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Randomness and Moral Agency: Lessons from the Book of Job and Beyond
with Rabbi Gordon Tucker, PhD

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

Pursuing Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Authentic Jewish Practice
with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

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More than Zachor (Remember)
with Rabbi Cheryl Klein

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

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

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

Becoming a Human Torah —
In Life and in Death

with Rabbi Leon Morris

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

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Using Cantillation to Interpret Torah
with Hazzan Henry Rosenblum

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Heal Our Broken Hearts
with Rabba Yaffa Epstein

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Jewish Life & Learning


Alan Himmel

Alan Himmel

Jewish Life & Learning Chair
Amy Bardack

Rabbi Amy Bardack

Jewish Life and Learning
Carolyn Linder

Carolyn Linder

Senior Manager
Jewish Life & Learning
Shelly Parver

Shelly Parver

Assistant Planning Director
(412) 992-5207

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