Friday, June 16, 2017 | 7:45 pm,How do you Say Tikkun Olam in Hebrew?
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00 am, Torah Study: How Israel is changing Judaism; The Place of Israel in the Identity of Reform Jews
10:15 am, Reform Judaism in Israel – Music to my ears: Who is listening?
Rabbi Benjie Gruber was raised in Beersheva, after his family made aliya from Chicago. He attended the Netiv Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and later combined military service in the Israeli Defense Forces with advanced college level courses at the Hesder Yeshiva in Yerucham, of which he was a founding member. Under the auspices of the Jewish Agency, Benjie taught Jewish Studies in the former Soviet Union. Thereafter, he spent 2 years in Portland, Oregon, teaching Judaism to all ages and denominations. It was in Portland that Benjie’s spirit was captured by liberal Judaism. With his ordination to the rabbinate at HUC in Jerusalem, Benjie becomes the eighth generation of rabbis in his family. Since January 2014 Benjie is one the first four Reform rabbis to have his salary partially funded by the State of Israel. Rabbi Gruber’s visit is possible thanks to ARZA Canada
Rabbi Emeritus Lerner
“Living without Fear in the Valley of the Shadow”
Friday, July 21st at 7:45 pm
Mr. Douglas Renfroe, an acclaimed bass-baritone , will present a sermon in song featuring music by contemporary Jewish composers on themes loss, healing, and drawing close to God, as well as leading us in parts of the Friday evening service. Renfroe has appeared with the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Boston Opera directed by Sarah Caldwell, the Sarasota Opera and as a concert recitalist under Columbia Artist Management specializing in German Lieder. He was the Director and Bass Soloist with the U. S. Navy Sea Chanters in Washington, D. C., Presently residing in Ft. Myers, Florida, he has been Cantorial Soloist and Music Director at Temple Bat Yam on Sanibel Island since 2001.