Wildman Shabbaton with Rabbi Steven Sager

http://sichaconversation.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/misc.jpgTelling Stories: Stories That Tell Us Who We Are

May 9-10, 2014

Rabbi Emeritus of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC, Graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature from Duke, Director of Sicha/Conversation (www.sichaconversation.org). Rabbi Sager returns to lead us in exploring how our communal stories carry our values and frame our memories and hopes.  Our stories are not sacred because we believe in their facts but because we belong to their truths.    

May 9th - 5:30 pm Shirei Shabbat, 6:30 dinner, 7:45 Questionable Miracles, Unquestionable Stories 
$18 adult, $15 age 13-21, FREE for children (Family max. $54)
May 10th - 9:30 am Service, 10:15 Devar Torah: “If Only They Would Abandon Me But Not My Torah"
- Noon: Lunch and Learn - "The Jews: Belonging More than Believing"
Lunch is sponsored by the Wildman Endowment (no fee; please call to reserve by May 5th)


May 23, 2014

Attend the 5:45 p.m. Friday Shabbat service, then join new and old friends around a Shabbat table!
A kosher meal in a kosher home
A vegetarian/pareve meal in a home not observing kashrut
Inspiring candle-lit atmosphere for relaxing conversation
Please sign up in advance to share in the delight of this “haimish” Shabbat tradition! Help us fulfill the goal of sharing 100 home-based Shabbat dinners by the end of May! Last Share-A-Shabbat before the Jewish New Year! To register or for further information, please contact Myrna Hammerling. Please confirm by May 17.

Are We There Yet? - Walking as a Spiritual Practice

R. Greenstein jpeg.jpgRabbi David Greenstein

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair, NJ;  painter, teacher, author. His just-published work is Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar (Stanford Univ. Press, 2014); he walks to work every day.

Walking is one of the most fundamental of human activities. It has become a universal metaphor for living, for making our "way" through life.  The Jewish mystical tradition celebrates walking in its most important and central work, the Zohar, a medieval resource of great wisdom and fascination. We will explore how walking has been conceived in the Zohar and other classic Jewish texts so as to open new vistas of appreciation for the multiple dimensions of our lives.

Please join Congregation Knesset Israel and Rimon: Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality for this program. Light refreshments will be served after the program. RSVP.

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Service Times

For holidays, consult calendar. To ensure a minyan, please contact us one week in advance.
8:45 am, 7pm
7am, 5:45pm or *Shirei Shabbat 5:30
9:30 a.m. & Minha varies seasonally


Shirei Shabbat Schedule

Please join KI for our lively, musical shabbat celebrations and volunteer-prepared dinners.
Select Friday Nights, 5:30 p.m.
May 9 (Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Steven Sager)
June 20
July 18
August 22