Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yom Kippur Sermon

I thoroughly enjoyed leading High Holiday services in Waterville this year.  We had a wonderful turnout and fantastic energy.

Here is my Yom Kippur sermon for this year on the importance of supporting downtown Waterville.

I hope everyone is off to a great start this year!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kol Nidre Services Tuesday Night at 5:45 pm

Looking forward to Kol Nidre tomorrow night. 

Steve Witkin will be playing cello at the beginning of services. 

Please arrive promptly at 5:45 pm so he can begin playing on time and finish before candle lighting!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Jewish Studies Events at Colby College

“The thinking heart: The life and loves of Etty Hillesum”
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm, Robinson Room (Miller Library)
A reworking of Etty Hillesum’s writings as poems by Martin Steingesser, for performance by the author, Judy Tierney, and Robin Jellis (cello). Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

“The S.S. St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis”
Diane Afoumado, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm, Lovejoy 215
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

“A Jewish curse of Christians?”
Ruth Langer, Boston College
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm, Pugh Center
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

“Is Reality Overrated? Talk and Reading with Israeli Writer Etgar Keret”
Monday, November 12, 7:00 pm, Pugh Center
The annual Lipman Lecture in Jewish Studies

Great Jewish Studies/ Theater Event at Colby tomorrow.

Rosh HaShanah Sermons

Couldn't make it to Rosh HaShanah services or want to read the sermons again?  You can read my online.

Click here to read my Erev Rosh HaShanah sermon, "We're Not Throwing it Away."

Click here to read my first day Rosh HaShanah sermon about Jewish Values and Marriage Equality.

Shanah Tovah and G'mar Hatimah Tovah!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Barbara Jolovitz Book Talk at Beth Israel

Mark your calendars for a special Beth Israel event.  

Congregant Barbara Jolovitz will be speaking about her new book, Reminiscences and Recipes on
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 10 am.   

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Join Us for Rosh HaShannah Lunch!

If you'd like to join us for Rosh HaShannah lunch after first day services, please RSVP to Rabbi Isaacs at your earliest convenience.

The meal costs $18.00 for adults and is free for children.  Accommodations can be made for cost upon request.

Vegetarian and meat options will be available.

Shannah Tovah!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Beth Israel Adult Educational and Cultural Event Calendar

Our Beth Israel Congregation Adult Education and Cultural Event Calendar is out!

We've got a book talk with Barbara Jolovitz, Israeli dancing with Lisa Tessler, a Sukkot program with David Gulak of Barrels Community market, an Introduction
 to Judaism class, a Jewish law series, a Jewish poetry discussion group, a three-part series on the Holocaust in Israeli literature, and more!

Also, if you are a friend of Beth Israel that lives far away, you can join Rav Rachel Isaacs in online learning through Google +. We'll be continuing our Talmud and Midrash learning via the internet.

Check out the list of events by clicking here.