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Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

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Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 8:30pm
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Omer Count Announcement

 
With the approach of Pesach/Passover comes the time of the counting of the Omer, from the second night of Pesach till the day before Shavuot, 49 days. In the Torah, the Omer count is described in agricultural terms, the grain that would be harvested (an omer is a sheaf of a certain size) and how it would be celebrated ritually. In the 16th century, the Kabbalists conceived the count (sefirah in Hebrew) as a time to take stock of our own sefirot, or the seven Divine emanations that humans embody and strive to balance. In modern times, some of us set an intention of what we would like to improve in ourselves during this period, and use these seven traits to do so.
 
Like everything else, in deference to the virus, we will perform this short ritual nightly on Zoom. The first night of the count coincides with the TBE community seder, so R’ Naomi will lead it following the seder. The remaining 48 will be led by Caroline/Calyah Chanah Isaacs at nightfall, starting Monday, March 29. The first night will begin early, at 8:15, to orient ourselves to how and why we are doing this. Each subsequent night for the first 2 weeks will begin at 8:30, then get slightly later as the days grow longer. Stayed tuned to the weekly updates.
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Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

Event Date: 

Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 8:30pm
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Event Type: 

Event Location: 

Online via Zoom

Event Description: 

Omer Count Announcement

 
With the approach of Pesach/Passover comes the time of the counting of the Omer, from the second night of Pesach till the day before Shavuot, 49 days. In the Torah, the Omer count is described in agricultural terms, the grain that would be harvested (an omer is a sheaf of a certain size) and how it would be celebrated ritually. In the 16th century, the Kabbalists conceived the count (sefirah in Hebrew) as a time to take stock of our own sefirot, or the seven Divine emanations that humans embody and strive to balance. In modern times, some of us set an intention of what we would like to improve in ourselves during this period, and use these seven traits to do so.
 
Like everything else, in deference to the virus, we will perform this short ritual nightly on Zoom. The first night of the count coincides with the TBE community seder, so R’ Naomi will lead it following the seder. The remaining 48 will be led by Caroline/Calyah Chanah Isaacs at nightfall, starting Monday, March 29. The first night will begin early, at 8:15, to orient ourselves to how and why we are doing this. Each subsequent night for the first 2 weeks will begin at 8:30, then get slightly later as the days grow longer. Stayed tuned to the weekly updates.
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Chasing Portraits Film & Discussion

Chasing Portraits Film & Discussion

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemorations:  

 
Tues, April 6th: 7PM (on Zoom) COntact the temple at bethel@reninet.com for the discussion link.
 
A Conversation with Filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki, the director, producer, and writer for the 2018 film, Chasing Portraits. This inspiring film is about one man's art and one woman's unexpected path to healing. Follow an American woman’s emotional quest to find the paintings of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II.
 
Watch the movie on your own and have an intimate Q&A session with this independent filmmaker and discuss her journey of family, the film, book, and her great-grandfather's art.
 
NOTE:  The film Chasing Portraits needs to be watched prior to the talk, either by purchasing the DVD or streaming.  It can be  streamed on iTunes, Amazon, OvidTV, or the DVD can be purchased. Information about the film can be found on: 
 
Film – Elizabeth Rynecki    The book is also available in local bookstores, on Amazon, or on Audible. 
 
Elizabeth's grandfather, George Rynecki, was one of the founders of our Temple.   Footage in the film includes  Temple Beth El, Rabbi Naomi  and some members of congregants. We are grateful for this very special opportunity to engage with Elizabeth.  
 
04/06/2021 - 7:00pm
 
 
Yom HaShoah Service

Yom HaShoah Service

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Yom Hashoah Religious Service by Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, with guest speaker Dr. Eleanor Shapiro on Music in the Holocaust 

 
Music was a potent source of solidarity and resistance--a way to escape the daily horror in the ghettos, the concentration camps and in the forests among the partisans. However, the Nazis also used inmate orchestras to control prisoners and as propaganda. After the war, music was a source of memorialization and legacy. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Eleanor Shapiro demonstrates the power of music to resist, oppress and heal in the inhuman world of the Holocaust.
 
Dr. Shapiro is a Jewish music specialist who received her doctorate in 2018 from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. For eighteen years prior to that she served as the principal organizer of the Bay Area-based Jewish Music Festival.  

Contact the temple at bethel@reninet.com for the link.

04/07/2021 - 7:00pm
 
 
 
 
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Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

Event Date: 

Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 8:30pm
Add to Calendar

Event Type: 

Event Location: 

Online via Zoom

Event Description: 

Omer Count Announcement

 
With the approach of Pesach/Passover comes the time of the counting of the Omer, from the second night of Pesach till the day before Shavuot, 49 days. In the Torah, the Omer count is described in agricultural terms, the grain that would be harvested (an omer is a sheaf of a certain size) and how it would be celebrated ritually. In the 16th century, the Kabbalists conceived the count (sefirah in Hebrew) as a time to take stock of our own sefirot, or the seven Divine emanations that humans embody and strive to balance. In modern times, some of us set an intention of what we would like to improve in ourselves during this period, and use these seven traits to do so.
 
Like everything else, in deference to the virus, we will perform this short ritual nightly on Zoom. The first night of the count coincides with the TBE community seder, so R’ Naomi will lead it following the seder. The remaining 48 will be led by Caroline/Calyah Chanah Isaacs at nightfall, starting Monday, March 29. The first night will begin early, at 8:15, to orient ourselves to how and why we are doing this. Each subsequent night for the first 2 weeks will begin at 8:30, then get slightly later as the days grow longer. Stayed tuned to the weekly updates.
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Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

Event Date: 

Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 8:30pm
Add to Calendar

Event Type: 

Event Location: 

Online via Zoom

Event Description: 

Omer Count Announcement

 
With the approach of Pesach/Passover comes the time of the counting of the Omer, from the second night of Pesach till the day before Shavuot, 49 days. In the Torah, the Omer count is described in agricultural terms, the grain that would be harvested (an omer is a sheaf of a certain size) and how it would be celebrated ritually. In the 16th century, the Kabbalists conceived the count (sefirah in Hebrew) as a time to take stock of our own sefirot, or the seven Divine emanations that humans embody and strive to balance. In modern times, some of us set an intention of what we would like to improve in ourselves during this period, and use these seven traits to do so.
 
Like everything else, in deference to the virus, we will perform this short ritual nightly on Zoom. The first night of the count coincides with the TBE community seder, so R’ Naomi will lead it following the seder. The remaining 48 will be led by Caroline/Calyah Chanah Isaacs at nightfall, starting Monday, March 29. The first night will begin early, at 8:15, to orient ourselves to how and why we are doing this. Each subsequent night for the first 2 weeks will begin at 8:30, then get slightly later as the days grow longer. Stayed tuned to the weekly updates.
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Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

Event Date: 

Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 8:30pm
Add to Calendar

Event Type: 

Event Location: 

Online via Zoom

Event Description: 

Omer Count Announcement

 
With the approach of Pesach/Passover comes the time of the counting of the Omer, from the second night of Pesach till the day before Shavuot, 49 days. In the Torah, the Omer count is described in agricultural terms, the grain that would be harvested (an omer is a sheaf of a certain size) and how it would be celebrated ritually. In the 16th century, the Kabbalists conceived the count (sefirah in Hebrew) as a time to take stock of our own sefirot, or the seven Divine emanations that humans embody and strive to balance. In modern times, some of us set an intention of what we would like to improve in ourselves during this period, and use these seven traits to do so.
 
Like everything else, in deference to the virus, we will perform this short ritual nightly on Zoom. The first night of the count coincides with the TBE community seder, so R’ Naomi will lead it following the seder. The remaining 48 will be led by Caroline/Calyah Chanah Isaacs at nightfall, starting Monday, March 29. The first night will begin early, at 8:15, to orient ourselves to how and why we are doing this. Each subsequent night for the first 2 weeks will begin at 8:30, then get slightly later as the days grow longer. Stayed tuned to the weekly updates.
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