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JUDAISM

Jewish denominations — Reform, Conservative and Orthodox — are the principal categories of religious affiliation among American Jews. The denominations differ from one another in their philosophical views of Jewish tradition and their degree of fidelity to and interpretation of traditional Jewish law (halacha). In the United States approximately 35% of Jews identify as Reform.

Judaism 101

Like many non-Jews, I have known for ages that
the name or word “Israel” means
“One who contends (or wrestles) with God”
but I never really “got” what that meant until
participating in Judaism 101.

Judaism: Sacred Texts
in Sacred Places

The Guibord Center’s visit to the magnificent and recently renovated Wilshire Boulevard Temple was awe-inspiring and educational, providing something for everyone who attended.

Decoding Rituals and
Symbols of Passover

Inspired by Seder’s Message of Freedom on a
beautiful Wednesday evening, more than 50
people joined The Guibord Center for “Decoding
the Rituals and Symbols of the Passover Seder.”
The Seder is a ritual feast marking the beginning
of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Creating a Sukkah for Sukkot

A sukkah is a temporary hut built for use during the weeklong festival of Sukkot. The Book of Vayikra (Leviticus)
describes it as a symbolic wilderness shelter. It commemorates God’s provision for the Israelites in the wilderness, where they lived after being freed from slavery in Egypt.

“Kabbalah: Journey Into the Cosmic Soul” and “Kabbalah and Grappling with Darkness

with RABBI MORDECAI FINLEY

Rabbi Mordecai Finley is the spiritual leader of Ohr HaTorah Syn-
agogue. He has been teaching Jewish spirituality, mysticism and
related fields of study for more than 25 years. We are
honored to explore two aspects of Kabbalah with him.

The Bible, Women AND Violence

with DR. AMY-JILL LEVINE

Dr. Amy Jill Levine leaned on the altar, kicked off her heels
and took off into a topic she was eager to tackle.

“ANY TIME the Bible gives rise to something that’s violent – that’s a misuse of the text!…
To hold the Bible in one hand and to engage in violence with the other
is both a sin and an obscenity. That should be pretty clear.”

Understanding The Jewish Jesus

with DR. AMY-JILL LEVINE

“In order to understand Jesus fully, we need to have a sense
of how the people who first heard him understood him,
which means we need to know how his words
sounded to First Century Jewish ears. If we get the context
wrong, we’ll get him wrong.” ~ Dr. Amy-Jill Levine .

Gospel Politics

with DR. AMY-JILL LEVINE

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine completely enthralled
and thoroughly challenged those who
attended Gospel Politics just prior to the
November 2012 elections.

Trouble in Families:
Abrahamic Texts Panel Discussion

with THE VERY REV. JOHN BAKAS, RABBI SUZANNE SINGER AND IMAM JIHAD TURK

The panel discussion of the Abrahamic texts shed light
on some of the difficult and troubling texts of the major
Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Jewish
HOLY DAYS

The Hebrew or Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar primarily used today for Jewish religious holidays. Observances begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.

Elie Wiesel

Eliezer Wiesel (1928-2016) was a Romanian-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He authored more than 40 books, the best known of which is “Night.” This memoir describes his experiences during the Holocaust, including his time in several concentration camps.

MAJOR FIGURE