"Women of the Wall, Social Justice and Human Rights in Israel"
Sponsored by: Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley, Temple Sinai of Oakland, Women of Temple Sinai, The Israel Center of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, Congregation Beth El of Berkeley, Oakland Ruach Hadassah,
Congregation Ner Tamid of San Francisco,
Congregation Beth Israel Judea of San Francisco, JCC of San Francisco, The New Israel Fund, & Rabbis for Women of the Wall
This Sunday at CNS!
Feb 12, 10:30am
"The Life & Music of Arik Einstein" with Professor Arie Dubnov!
Prof Dubnov will show how Einstiein's music reflects a periodof restless nostalgia among Israeli youth of the '70's, the generation, known as "dor habanim," the "generation of the sons." This generation came of age after the establishment of the state of Israel and struggled with identity issues in the wake of their parents' achievements and how Israeli society came to define itself -- and them. Join us for Professor Dubnov's FREE lecture, Arik Einstein's music, and of course, discussion. Lecture and discussion preceded by the Sunday Morning Minyan @ 9:30am and breakfast. Join us for both!!
It is important to see ritual moments like Tu Bishvat as reminders, not as singular events. Do we only practice Teshuvah (repentence) on Yom Kippur? Are we aware of our freedom only on Pesach? Are we grateful for Israel's birth only on Yom Ha'atzma'ut? These questions have obvious answers, and yet I wonder about our communal attention span. After all, as we learn in the Talmud: "New troubles make the Jewish People forget the old." Is it even possible to remain steadily focused on Teshuvah, freedom, Israel and the environment?
To be honest, I don't know. That's a lot to carry in our hearts when so much else is clamoring for our limited attention.
And this is yet another reason community matters so much. I can't hold all these things in my heart alone. No one person can. But just today, the CNS Preschool and the Shorashim Religious School shared Tu Bishvat experiences, and 50 CNS members will share a Tu Bishvat Seder tonight. Netivot Shalom is a sacred village with many leaders, each of whom offers their heart as an anchor to (at least) one meaningful commitment, and as we grow as a community, so too does our capacity to impact the world positively.
Chag Sameach! May this Tu Bishvat see us engage with our roots as our branches continue to reach for Heaven!