Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rumors, Rights, and Wrongs: Our Next online Talmud Class

Our next Talmud text will focus on the story of a young rabbi accused of wrongdoing.  How should the sages respond to this rumor?  Should he be ostracized or believed?  And when he dies, how should he be honored?  We will examine this juicy and complicated text tonight:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 8pm on Google +.

You can access the text we will discussing by clicking here.

Instructions for joining the conversation:

1) Go to and click on "Install voice and video chat." It will take a few minutes, so let it finish its installation. Depending on your computer, you may have to restart before it will work.

2) Go to and sign in with your Gmail account if you have one (if not, click on "sign up" at the top). a. It will ask you to sign up for Google+...make sure you do this!

3) When it asks you to "add people," search for "Rachel Isaacs" and add me! 4) An hour before the class, I will send out an email to everyone of my Google+ friends with a link to the class. Click on the link and wait to see me!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray: Showing at Colby!

Showing at Colby College
 Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm 
Olin Hall

The remarkable history of the Civil War Jews who fought on both sides—7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy. The war split the Jewish community as deeply as it did the nation at large: some prominent Jews, including Jewish slave owners, cited the Torah to justify slavery, while others were leaders in the abolitionist movement or established their synagogues as stops on the Underground Railroad.

Click here for more information and ticket sales.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Text for Jewish Law Class: Same-Sex Marriage

Last Jewish Law class we studied the laws of traditional, heterosexual marriages.  In our next class, we will examine the the rituals being created by the Conservative movement to sanctify same-sex relationships.

You can click here to read the document in advance.  Please print out if you can!

Looking forward to seeing you there tomorrow, Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Selah Tea Cafe, 6:30 pm.

Lore at Railroad Square Cinema: March 9-14

Showtimes: Friday, March 8 -- Thursday, March 14 Daily at 2:50 and 6:50


An incredible blend of poetry, beauty, horror and history, LORE is truly an amazing movie. “Australian director Cate Shortland (SOMERSAULT) gives us a lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust…. Adapted by Shortland and Robin Mukherjee from Rachel Seiffert’s sparsely written novel The Dark Room, the tale picks up immediately following the demise of the Reich and the Allied occupation of Germany in the spring of 1945. 14-year-old Lore watches as her S.S. Nazi father is arrested and her Hitler-revering mother surrenders, instructing her eldest daughter to take the children to their grandmother in Hamburg. It’s a 500-mile trek and, with young sister Liesel, twin boys Jurgen and Gunther and babe-in-arms Peter in tow, Lore sets off on a perilous journey across a vanquished nation, confronting death, deprivation and, inconveniently enough, the tumult of youthful desire. A deep prejudice has been instilled by loving parents and Lore’s doubts and fears about their allegiances play out in her ambivalent relationship with the watchful young Jewish refugee she and her siblings connect with along the road. It’s a strange sort of coming-of-age, undertaken during one of history’s darkest periods by a girl with a dawning understanding of events who’s still too young to be guilty.’—Hollywood Reporter. In German with English subtitles. Unrated. 108 Min.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Colby College Hillel Newsletter

I am very proud of Colby College Hillel for publishing their first newsletter!  
The students have done so much this year and have so many other great programs for the spring semester.  
You can access the newsletter by clicking here.  

Please take a moment to read about what our students and alumni are doing.  

Beth Israel Congregation Communal Seder

Passover is soon upon us! 

We'd love to have you at the Beth Israel Congregation Seder. 

March 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm. 

Meat and vegetarian options 

Cost: $18.00 for adults and kids eat free. 
RSVPs needed. Please email: Melanie Weiss