Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Yizhar Hess

Friday, April 1st. Kabbalat Shabbat services 6:15. Dinner and conversation to follow, around 7:15. In-person only. Cost: $18. Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Yizhar Hess – An open and frank discussion about Jewish pluralism, Zionism, and Human Rights in Israel. This is a unique opportunity to meet one of the most important Zionist leaders of our times.

Ruach and Roll: The Story of Jews in Rock Music

Saturday, March 26, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Please join us for a music-filled tour of the history of Jews in rock’n’roll. From Alan Freed to Carole King, from Bob Dylan to Drake, we will discuss the lives of some of the greatest Jewish contributors to rock’n’roll, and we’ll play plenty of their amazing music along the way.

Online Tour of The Museum of Jewish Montreal

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. A guide will provide a virtual tour of Jewish Montreal from the early 20th century to the 1950s. The tour covers 70 years and 10 city blocks combining narration and live discussion with archival images, oral histories, soundscapes and contemporary photographs.

Scientists in Synagogues

Scientists in Synagogues Recap

Congregation Etz Hayim presented and/or participated in three programs that were supported by the Scientists in Synagogues grant. Based on the feedback we received, our congregants appreciated the opportunity to discuss the intersection of faith and science. Our participation in the grant program has encouraged us to include more STEM-focused programming for learners of all ages.

Book Club: Bread Givers

Sunday, February 27th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (online). Bread Givers is a 1925 novel by Jewish-American author Anzia Yezierska. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Discussion led by Debbie Ann Doyle.

Another Promised Land?

Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (online). Using rare archival materials from the collections in the Houston Jewish History Archive, this talk will highlight many of the core themes in Southern Jewish history — immigration, adaptation, socioeconomic mobility, and race relations — from a Texan perspective. Co-sponsored with the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies.

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