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Welcome to Sha’ar

"My success as a rabbi isn't going to be measured by how many people I inspire to live my Jewish life, but by how many people I can inspire to live their own authentic Jewish life."

Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Shabbat Shalom 

Watch Dini's Shabbat message here.

GroundWaves :   With Special Guests David Marks and Kathy Peck Marks : Monday, January 25 at 8:30pm EST

                

David Marks was part of a  delegation of holocaust Survivors brought by World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder back to Poland to revisit Auschwitz-Birkenau 75 years after the camp's liberation. He and his partner Kathy Peck Marks recently married just a few weeks ago.


JOIN GROUNDWAVES ZOOM HERE.

Sha'ar Justice Beit Midrash 2020/2021 :   Wednesday, January 27,   7:00-8:30PM EST  

 

                      

In the traditional style of a Beit Midrash (House of Study), we’ll combine exploring ancient and modern sources together with guided teachings all focused on a range of societal issues: civic responsibility, democracy, leadership, race, immigration, healthcare, income inequality, climate, and more. Each unit will be capped by a visit with a leading activist or advocacy organization to build the bridge between learning and doing, and to catalyze the transformational impact of our study.

For more information, click here.

REGISTER FOR SHA'AR JUSTICE BEIT MIDRASH HERE

SAVE THE DATE: THE BIG BOLD JEWISH CLIMATE FEST January 27 - 31

The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest is a 5-day (mostly) online festival to connect our Jewish values to action in order to address our current climate crisis. It seeks to re-energize Tu BiShvat, the Jewish “Earth Day” of sorts, as a relevant and timely holiday to connect Jewish values with the urgency of climate action.

Dini will be featured on a live podcast during the festival talking about green approaches to death and burial. Listen on Friday, January 29 at 2:00pm EST.

RSVP to the podcast here.
Register for other sessions here.

SAVE THE DATE: CONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND CULTIVATING SPIRITUAL COURAGE  :   Sunday,   February 7 & Sunday, March 7  at 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST

                     

We are inviting Sha'ar community members to join us for a new workshop series from Dayenu: a Jewish Call to Climate Action, Confronting the Climate Crisis and Cultivating Spiritual Courage. In this 2 part workshop, led by the staff of Dayenu, we will explore how we are contending with the climate crisis on a personal and spiritual level. If you feel anxious, fearful, or sad about the climate crisis, or worried about how it might impact you, your family, or community, you are not alone. If you haven’t made space in a busy and ever-changing world to sit with the reality of a changing climate, you are not the only one.


Join the Sha'ar community and Dayenu for an engaging 2-part workshop series in which we will begin to explore some of our personal and spiritual concerns the climate crisis raises, in a supportive community, rooted in Jewish wisdom and tradition, and building on an emerging body of thought focused on meeting the climate crisis with resilience. We will provide pathways for people to confront and move through feelings of fear, anxiety, and powerlessness and offer other pathways towards meaningful and bold action. If you are ready to move from fear, overwhelm, or numbness into courageous action on climate - or even, like many of us, you are not sure you are ready --  please join us!

Participation will be limited to a group of 12. Be first to register Here. Please register by January 24.

SAVE THE DATE: Sha'ar's Shushan Royal Flush  : Sunday, February 21

Join Sha'ar for a festive Purim Party (featuring the Purim Divas!), followed by a virtual poker tournament.  

Remember and Do Not Forget: Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History 

 


We will forever remember the events of January 6, 2021. We also understand that, just like Torah, there is power in collective memory. Compiled by Rabbis Menachem Creditor, Jesse Olitzky and Ruth Messinger, Remember and Do Not Forget: Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History includes Dini's response to the events, as well as those of rabbinical experts accross the country.

Find the book on Amazon here.

COUNT ME IN: A JEWS OF COLOR SURVEY 

Count me in! If you are a Jew of Color, please consider participating in a new survey being conducted by the Jews of Color Initiative to better understand the experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color in the service of building a more inclusive Jewish community. Find the survey here.

Sun, January 24 2021 11 Shevat 5781