Spring Gala 5777, March 19
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Our 2017 Gala, honoring Irena Veksler Offengenden and Dimitri is coming up fast! Reserve and arrange a journal ad, and spread the word!
Purim is coming! Come to our annual Purim Bash, Saturday March 11 at 7:15PM
DON'T BE LEFT OUT!
On Saturday night March 11 we will invite our friends from Temple Israel Westport to join us for a community Purim megillah reading and celebration, featuring the cuisine of Shushan, a children's carnival, and the debut performance of our new orchestra, the Westport Klezmorim. A second surprise musical attraction is also on the bill.
LET'S MAKE THIS OUR BEST PURIM YET!
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Tot Shabbat Sat, Jan 28 10:15am- noon
Shabbat Chanuka dinner with the Traveling Chasidim Dec 30
Lox 'N Learn June
Join us Sunday morning June 5th, right after the 8:30 Shacharit service, for a tasty and stimulating discussion of our Festival of Shavuot, and find out how you can make this year's holiday more meaningful than you ever imagined!
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Purim at Beit Chaverim! Wednesday, March 23 @7PM. Kids program and dinner 5:30PM
Join us for our annual family Purim extravaganza, with great food, drinks, activities for kids of all ages, and that special Beit Chaverim vibe…In other words,
the Whole Megillah!
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Shabbat Across America Dinner, March 4, 2016 with guest speaker Professor Allan Arkush
Shelly Christensen at Beit Chaverim May 21 during Shabbat Services
Fairfield County Inclusivity Long Weekend May 19-22
Noted presenter and author Shelly Christensen to speak throughout the area on how to make sure that everyone in our area has access to Jewish programming and services.
Shelly Christensen, who’s ground breaking work in Minneapolis led to community wide embracement of inclusion, and the founding of Jewish Disability and Awareness Month (JDAM) will be the featured guest for Fairfield County’s first Long Weekend of Inclusivity, Thursday May 19ththrough Sunday, May 22, at various locations throughout our area.
Shelly Christensen literally wrote the book on inclusion of people with disabilities, the Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities which provides the roadmap and guidance that any faith-based organization can use to become more welcoming and intentionally inclusive of people with disabilities and those who love them.
Complete info and full schedule Here.
Pre Pesach Lox 'N Learn with the Bridgeport Kollel April 3
Join us Sunday morning April 3, right after the 8:30 Shacharit service, for a tasty and stimulating discussion of our Festival of Liberation, and find out how you can make this year's holiday more meaningful than you ever imagined!
In Poland, a Search for Jewish Heritage
Noted writer and longtime New York Times reporter Joseph Berger will speak at Beit Chaverim for our annual Yom Hashoah event on Sunday, May 1, at 4PM. Berger, a child of Holocaust survivors, has written extensively about growing up as a first-generation American. His memoir, Displaced Persons: Growing Up American after the Holocaust, has been widely praised.
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First Seder April 22
Join us for the Seder that will make you feel like you are experiencing the Exodus yourself. We will take our time, and read between the lines of the Haggadah and share some timeless wisdom in this family friendly and delicious festive meal.
Details and registration here.
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Latkes?Vodkas, and All That Jazz
As usual, we do up Hannukah in style here at the House of Friends! Great Food, Free Flowing Drinks, and Delightful Music.
Reserve now for Latkes/Vodkas, and All That Jazz on Dec. 12 at 8PM
Sponsorship opportunities available! Inquire here...
Kids' Hannukah Carnival is Dec 13, at noon. Entertainment,prizes!
What Does G-d Want From Me?
|New Class! What Does G-d Want From Me? Saturdays 7:00PM beginning June 27|
Have you ever wondered just what God wants from you, anyway?
You are not alone! Join the conversation as we begin a guided tour through Sefer Hachinuch, the Book of the Mitzvot. Originally written as a gift to the author's son, this classic anonymous text is a timeless introduction to the Mitzvot, and has launched a discussion that has been going on for hundreds of years. Classes will be taught in English- no Hebrew required! A must for every Jew, and also great for someone wishing to study for conversion. RSVP to Rabbi Wall here.
Summer 2015 Schedule:
A Taste of Persia
Sangria in the Sukka
Please join us for a fun evening ofSANGRIA IN THE SUKKAH!(plus other tasty treats)Enjoy time with friends.All are welcome, bring someone new!
Tuesday, September 29th at 7:30 pmAt the home of Bonnie Marcus8 Bolton Lane, WestportPlease email email@example.com let us know that you'll be coming!
Shabbat Project 2015
Join the Beit Chaverim family for a special Shabbat to remember at the Crown Plaza in Stamford, and join a million Jews around the world as we all cebrate shabbat together! Programming for the whole family, NCSY Teen extravaganza, world class guest speaker YY Rubinstein, Sat. night concert extravaganza and melave malka
Annual Selichot Concert
Tisha B'av 5775
Tisha B'Av begins Saturday night
Lox 'N learn with the Bridgeport Community Kollel July 12
Scholar in Residence Rabbi Elisha Paul
July 3 and 4 Beit Chaverim presents scholar in residence Rabbi Elisha Paul, new head of school of the Jewish High School of CT. He will speak throughout shabbat about Jewish education, community building, and the Three Weeks leading up to Tisha B'av.
June 19 we welcome special guest radio producer, Jewish Forward correspondent and NPR commentator Jon Kalish.
Jon has written extensively on the transformation of Jewish life in New York, and has constantly sought out the most unusual and fascinating aspects of Jewish life in America to bring to his readers and listeners. Jon will speak after the Torah reading shabbat morning.
June 13 join us as we welcome special guest Norwegian actress, singer/songwriter, Jewish activist and historian Bente Kahan.
Bente will speak about her mission to restore Jewish life and culture to Wroclaw, Poland (formerly Breslau, Germany!), and her work rescuing great Jewish songs from the ash cans of European history.
Grow and Behold
Calling all Carnivores! (Vegetarians too..)
Join us this Shabbat morning as we welcome Anna And Naf Hanau from Grow and Behold Foods, taste their delicious pastured kosher meats, and learn about sustainable and healthy practices in the world of Jewish agribusiness.
Join us for Mincha/Seudat Shlishit for a taste of their incredible pastrami!
Friday, May 22 Mincha/ Maariv 6:15PM
Sat, May 23 Shacharit 9AM
Mincha 7:30 PM
Maariv 9PM candlelighting after 9:01PM
Sunday, May 24 Yom Tov 1 Shacharit 9AM
Monday May 25 Yom Tov 2 Shacharit 9AM, Yizkor 10:45 followed by kiddush BBQ
Mincha /Maariv 7:45PM
Tikkun Leil Shavuot Sat May 23 9:30PM-??
All night learning and noshing!
Join our members and guests as The People of the Book turn it inside out again, in celebration of receiving it
Perek in the Park
It's Back! Perek in the Park/ פרק in the פארק!
Starts Sat. April 18, at 5PM at Earthplace
The section of the Mishna called Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) has been inspiring our people for almost 2000 years. It is a custom to study this timeless and meaningful text on Shabbat afternoons between Pesach and Shavuot.
The class is very interactive, no Hebrew is required, and the material lends itself to some great discussions.
Join us as we continue our annual study this Sat at 5PM at Earthplace (The Nature Center, for you oldtimers..) 10 Woodside Ln, Westport. Binyomim and Naomi will be there-bring the kids! If you would like to to lead part of the discussion please contact Rabbi Wall.
Purim is here!
Wed night March 4:Megillah reading and Purim Bash "A Taste of Persia" @6:30PM and wild Kids' Carnival!
Thursday March 5@ 6:30AM: Shacharit and Megillah
9AM: megillah reading followed by bagel breakfast
Beit Chaverim Hanukkah Blowout and Bracha Bee
Sunday, December 21@9AM, followed by brunch, and family programming.
Musical Hallel with a live band!
Great Food! The Beit Chaverim Brachot Bee finals!
Come spread the light...
Latkes,Vodkas, and All That Jazz
Scholar in Residence, Nov 14/15
Michal will speak Shabbat morning, and present at a women's Seudat Shlishit at the Wall home at 4PM.
Michal Smart is the editor of Kaddish, Women’s Voices, from Urim Publications, winner of the 2013 Jewish Book Award. Michal serves as the Director of Judaic Studies at Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford, CT. A Fulbright Scholar in Jewish Thought, Michal received her A.B. from Princeton University in Religion and an M.S. from Cornell. She is also an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the Melton Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University, and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Michal lectures widely on Jewish texts and philosophy, with a focus on Jewish women. Earlier, Michal pioneered Jewish outdoor and environmental education in the U.S. She is a founder of the TEVA Learning Center and co-author of Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Environment on the Trail (Behrman House, 2000). Michal lives in Stamford, CT with her husband, James, and their five children.
Cigars, Single malt, and a Shot of Torah!Cigars, Single Malt, and a Shot Of Torah!Monday, October 13th, at 8PM, in the Beit Chaverim Sukkah!RSVP to Rabbi WallCigars and Single Malt are not the most healthy additions to your lifestyle, but may ad
Sukkah BBQ Bash! Oct. 12, 4PM
Rosh Hashana Dinner 5775
Sep 26 Post Rosh Hashana Family Shabbat Dinner
Leave the cooking to us- this one's for you!
reserve here now!
(reservations close Sep 19)
Rabbi Avi Orlow
Sep 19/20 Rabbi Avi Orlow,
Education director of the Foundation For Jewish Camp.
SEP 6 PROFESSOR LEWIS GLINERT
British by upbringing and a scion of the Chajes dynasty of scholars, Lewis Glinert is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford and yeshivat Netzach Yisrael, Jerusalem, holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from London University, and has semicha from Rav Dan Channen (Israel), head of Pirchei Shoshanim Torah Network.
Lewis Glinert has held appointments at Haifa and Bar-Ilan universities, the University of Chicago, and as Professor of Jewish Language and Culture at London University, where he chaired the Centre for Jewish Studies until moving to the US in 1997. His courses at Dartmouth College include 'Midrash', 'Jewish Humor', 'Hasidic Tales', and 'Film, Fiction and the Arab-Israel Conflict.'
Among his books are "The Grammar of Modern Hebrew" (Cambridge University Press), the best-selling "The Joys of Hebrew" (Oxford University Press), 'Hebrew in Ashkenaz' and 'Mamme Dear', an introduction to the lost art of writing Yiddish letters that was a Jewish Book Club main selection in 1997. He has published many scholarly articles in the field of Jewish literature and culture. Invited by the BBC to script and present a documentary marking 100 years since the Rebirth of Spoken Hebrew, Glinert's "Tongue of Tongues" was a BBC 1992 nomination for a SONY award. Another of his BBC documentaries is "Golem! The Making of a Modern Myth".
As an Oxford undergraduate, Lewis Glinert worked closely with the Chabad Movement, and was sent by the Jewish Agency to teach in the USSR. An experienced baal tefillah and Hebrew folk singer, he is cultural director of the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive (www.dartmouth.edu/~djsa), the largest Jewish musical resource on the Internet. He and his family reside in Newton, MA.
This Shabbat we welcome as scholar in residence the dynamic and engaging Melissa Kapustin, who makes Jewish History come alive. Melissa will be speaking during kiddush following 9AM Shabbat services this Saturday in an interactive presentation called "Escaping Jewish History.
Mrs. Melissa Kapustin taught Jewish History at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls from 2001-2004, during which time she helped to develop the Jewish History curriculum for ninth and tenth grades. She temporarily left Ma'ayanot to earn her J.D. at Rutgers University School of Law, but recently returned to teach Jewish History part time while continuing to pursue her legal career by working as a litigation attorney. In addition to her J.D., Mrs. Kapustin holds a B.A. from Stern College with a major in Judaic Studies and a minor in American Studies, and an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She has also taught weekly adult education courses in Jewish Law and History at Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston for the past 12 years.
What a great ride we had this morning, followed by an inspired davening on the beach. Thanks to Alan Benjamin for organizing the ride, and for taking this nice shot. Stay tuned for a followup ride soon!