|Play Reading Group|
Mondays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
April 3rd, 24th, and May 1st, 8th
|Join the Theatre Play Reading Group and participate in our discussions.
Leader: Enid Portnoy, Assoc. Professor of Communication Studies (retired)
You need only bring an interest in theatre, and an attitude of fun and enjoyment. Everyone reads different roles from the selected scenes. We share the discussion, and each of us has a different opinion (of course)!!
Cost for the series is $20 per person and includes the texts. Registration is required to receive materials. Register by contacting Diane Raphael in the Temple Office at 301-942-2000.
Magnificent Movie Music:
There is no cost for this program. To register, contact the Temple Office at 301-942-2000 or email@example.com.
Who is Like You Among the Gods?: Understanding Biblical Polytheism
Monday, April 3 at 7:00pm
Speaker: Julia Galambush, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary
Abraham was the first monotheist, right? Except that there's no evidence of that in the Bible. Maybe Moses, then? Not necessarily. The biblical authors did ultimately come to believe in only one God, of course, but it took them a long time to get there. Many biblical texts — like the Mi Chamocha ("Who is like you among the gods?”), for example -- reflect authors who still believed in the existence of multiple gods. Who were these gods, what was their place in Israelite religion, and when did the Israelites give them the boot? This talk will examine the polytheism you did not know was in the Bible — not the idolatry the authors condemned, but the polytheism of the authors themselves and the cultures in which they lived.
There is no cost for this program, but please make a reservation by contacting the Temple office at: 301-942-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film Screening: Out of Cordoba
Sunday, April 23 at 2:30pm
Washington National Cathedral Perry Auditorium
Temple Emanuel is a co-sponsor for this event.
You are invited to attend the screening of Out of Cordoba on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Washington National Cathedral and to participate in a discussion with Jacob Bender, producer and director. Out of Cordoba explores some of the most vexing questions of our time: Is there a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world? Does religious faith lead inevitably to xenophobia and violence?
These issues are examined through an exploration of the lives and writings of the two most important thinkers to emerge from medieval Muslim Spain: Averroes the Muslim, and Rabbi Moses Maimonides. The film explores the legacy of these two philosophers, as well as their contemporary importance for interfaith relations, and especially for Muslims, Jews, and Christians struggling against religious extremism.
On-Going Adult Education Programs
Beginner Torah Study
Monday Evenings from 7:00-8:30pm
All are welcome to join our discussions of the weekly Torah portion and the other books comprising the Hebrew Bible. This is a drop-in class; all are encouraged to participate regardless of levels of expertise. Attend class at any time - everyone's point of view is welcome. The group is informal and led by group members. Each class begins with a summary of the Torah portion of the week, followed by a discussion of various interpretations and insights from Reform and other commentators. Discussion includes the other books of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis is on what our holy texts meant when they were written and what they mean in today's society.
Minyan and Torah Study
Saturday Mornings at 9:00am
The Torah Study group reads and discusses the weekly Torah portion using a variety of texts to help understand the meaning and implications of the text. The group is lay-led and all are welcome.
Join Rabbi Stone in an exploration of Faith
Come together with other members of the Temple Emanuel Community at Friday night services as we continue our Shabbat University program. This year, Rabbi Stone will share reflections on the contributions from Jews “outside the canon” who have had a great impact on the world: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Hannah Arendt, Marx, Gertrude Stein, Bob Dylan, Gloria Steinem!
6:30 pm Shabbat services are preceded by a wine and cheese oneg at 6:00 pm
- December 16 at 6:30pm - Albert Einstein: On Being A Jew
- March 24 at 6:30pm - Sigmund Freud: On My Jewish Nature
- May 19 at 7:30pm - Hannah Arendt: Confronting Radical Evil
- June 16 at 6:30pm - Karl Marx: Re-invisioning Humanity
A Sample of Past Adult Education Programs
Introductory Adult Yoga
Winter Session, 2017
Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45pm
January 4 - March 15
Are you interested in improved balance, increased flexibility, greater strength, sharper concentration, and enhanced relaxation? Join Dian Seidel for an introductory alignment-based yoga class for adults on Wednesday afternoons, 4:30-5:45, in the social hall. The ten-class session will run January 4 - March 15, with one week off in February. Dian is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), has been a student of Iyengar yoga for 18 years, and has completed yoga teacher training at Casey Health Institute.
No prior yoga experience is needed. Both continuing and new students are welcome. The class will review material presented during the Fall 2016 session and will not be offered in Spring or Summer. There is no fee for the class; however, students must have their own basic yoga props (1 mat, 2 blocks, 1 strap, and 3 blankets). Enrollment is limited to 10 students. To reserve a place or to inquire, send an email by Tuesday, December 23, to email@example.com and include your name, email address, phone number, yoga experience (if any), and any questions you may have.
Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
Questions We Need to Ask!
Guest Speaker: Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)
Friday, February 10 at 7:30pm
Noah Bookbinder, a past board member of Temple Emanuel became CREW’s (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) Executive Director in March 2015. From 2013 to 2015 Noah as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he helped guide the Commission on important policy decisions including its historic 2014 action to reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders.
Before that, Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he advised Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on a wide variety of criminal justice issues, ranging from corruption and fraud to sentencing, corrections, and forensic science reform.
Scientific and Faith Perspectives on Climate Change
Free Screening of "Before The Flood" and Panel Discussion
Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 9:00-11:30am
From Academy Award winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio: Watch the National Geographic documentary “Before the Flood” followed by a panel discussion featuring Rabbi Warren Stone and Dr. Robert H. Rich, Ph.D., CAE.
There is no cost for this program. Members and Non-members Welcome! Please let us know that you plan to attend by contacting the Temple Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-942-2000. This program is supported by Interfaith Power and Light.
Power, Politics and Palaces: The Architectural Innovations of King Herod
Biblical Archaeology Forum - Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00pm at the Bender JCC
Speaker: Lisa Kahn, George Mason University
When Caesar Augustus appointed Herod as King of the Jews, the political and physical landscape of Judea was bleak. Herod, however, crafted a personal agenda that was to transform his country and his place in history.
Reviled for great cruelty, this king is now also recognized for his daring architectural innovations. Herod rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem and created the thriving port Caesarea Maritima with its Temple of Roma and Augustus overlooking a thriving harbor and one of his most luxurious palaces. He strategically placed other palace-fortresses throughout the country constructing a network of administrative centers. The archaeological evidence reveals an architectural genius, each palace designed with breathtaking synergy with its natural surroundings and clearly intended to impress.
Herod’s final project, his tomb at Herodium, further transformed the already remarkable site. These sites will be presented in light of current findings and analyses, revealing various aspects of this powerful ruler.
Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are:
free – high school students
$5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, college students and co-sponsors
$8 – BASONOVA & Bender JCC members
$10 – the general public
For more information, please contact BAF.JCCGW@gmail.com.
Temple Emanuel is a a co-sponsor for this event along with: Adat Shalom, Temple Beth Ami and Kol Shalom / Rabin Chair Forum
To learn more about our upcoming adult education programs, please see our monthly newsletter, KOL KORE. Our office staff will also assist you with any questions.