Sink into a good book! Engage with Israel! Go to Israel with Adat Shalom!

Sink into a good book!
It’s winter, and time to curl up with a good book. Jewish learning has always centered around books — after all, we are the “People of the Book,” and there is no dearth of good reading material out there – but sometimes all we want is a short story!
Criminal Kabbalah: An Intriguing Anthology of Jewish Mystery & Detective Fiction, and Mystery Midrash: An Anthology of Jewish Mystery and Detective Fiction, both edited by Lawrence W. Raphael (Jewish Lights Publishers) are good fireside reading! Full of short stories that balance Jewish values and ethics, these books are engaging and you might learn something about kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and Jewish texts along the way. If you’d like to take a peek before you order a copy, feel free to stop by my office!
If you enjoy being part of a book club, make sure you check out either the Sisterhood Book Club or the Social Action Book Club that Rabbi Shere co-facilitates. Both groups meet regularly and have great facilitators! If you have a book club of your own and are looking for recommendations for a new Jewish-themed book to read, new members, or a space to meet, let me know and I’ll do what I can to facilitate this for you.
Did you know that the Jewish Book Council has recommended reading and suggested discussion questions right on its easily navigable website? Whether you are looking for contemporary fiction, poetry, or historical drama, there are many options there! Check out their website
Engaging with Israel
At the end of January, I have the wonderful opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the country at the Jewish Educators Assembly’s annual conference in Baltimore. This year’s conference theme is Artzenu Engaging with Israel: New Realities / New Opportunities. In light of current events in Israel (including this past summer’s war, early elections, and worldwide media engagement with the conflicts of the Middle East), I’m excited to hear from experts in Israel Education about how to bring these conflicts and challenges to both the school-age classroom and the adult educational forum. Looking ahead to April, I’ll be leading a three-part Lunch & Learn specifically on Israel, and I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with all of you. Come and learn, and then plan to experience Israel yourself this coming winter!
Congregational Israel Trip, February 2016
Make sure to hold February 10-22, 2016 open on your calendar! You will not want to miss this Adat Shalom Israel Experience with Rabbi Aaron and Ruth Bergman! Itinerary and price details are available here, as well as information on an optional Eilat New Year’s extension for your trip. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a spouse/partner, with a friend or a family, and whether you’ve been to Israel a hundred times or this is your first trip, you’ll experience something new when you join Adat Shalom on this amazing experience. Highlights include making your own chocolate at a boutique chocolatier in the Golan Heights, warming up at the Dead Sea after exploring the ruins at Masada, an uplifting and rejuvenating Shabbat in Jerusalem, a jeep tour, and more.

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