Sample of Past Education Programs

Is There a War Against Religious Pluralism in Israel?

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s suspension of the Kotel Agreement, which would have created an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Western Wall, and his Cabinet’s vote to grant a monopoly on conversions to the ultra-Orthodox, have rocked Israel/Diaspora relations. What should progressive Jews do?

Edit Reizes and Larry Wolff from The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism will bring their firsthand experience and unique perspectives to this discussion on religious pluralism in Israel and the controversy over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

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)

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

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! This program is supported by Interfaith Power and Light.

Magnificent Movie Music: Jewish Composers and the Golden Age of Film, with Dr. Rachel Franklin – 3-Session Series

Film music can inspire and romance us; our pulse can race, we get goose bumps, our stomachs churn, our tear ducts fill up. Experiencing a great film score can have a life-long impact.

It is impossible to imagine many of our most historic movies without the great Jewish film composers of the 20th century. During our course we’ll trace the immigration patterns of Jewish musicians from Europe and Russia to Hollywood, investigating how so many Jewish composers became such an integral part of cinematic history.

Join Dr. Rachel Franklin, pianist extraordinaire, who will provide live music as she guides us through a wealth of film scores from early “talkies” to Westerns, Noir, Sci-fi and beyond.