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Third Thursday Series: The Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:00 P Assembly Room

There is evidence that Jews lived in what is now Portugal and Spain from 300 CE (and perhaps earlier) until their expulsion from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1497. Some Jews converted to Christianity to escape persecution or expulsion but continued to practice Judaism in secret. At least one community of Jews did so for over 400 years; now they practice openly.   

Jeanne and Jerry Frieman, along with Arlene and Mike Pike and others from the Triangle area, recently took a Jewish heritage tour in Portugal and Spain. Jerry will share what they learned on that tour about the history of Jews in those countries.

There is no fee for this event, but registration is appreciated.   Please click here to register.

Are We Forgetting?  Looking at the Holocaust through the lens of 2019

Wednesday, December 4, Wednesday December 11, Wednesday December 18 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

With the rise in hate groups, hate crimes, and anti-Semitic incidents, many believe our society is showing signs similar to events of 1930's Germany that lead up to the Holocaust.  So what did happen then?  Why were the Jews targeted then, and why are we still being targeted?  Is learning about the Holocaust still relevant today?  What lessons can we learn to keep another Holocaust from happening again?

       December 4:  What events led up to the murder of 6 million Jews?  
       December 11: A brief look at anti-Antisemitism then and now
       December 18:  Is there anything I can do to make a difference? 

The oldest child of two Holocaust survivors, Shelly Bleiweiss grew up in Houston, Texas, and now lives in Wake Forest.  His parents were both from Poland, and survived the Holocaust using false identities as non-Jews. 

Shelly has been teaching about the Holocaust since 2000, and spent 5 years as a docent at the Houston Holocaust Museum. He accompanied several thousand high school students on the week-long “March of the Living” trip to Poland as they explored the remnants of Jewish life there, and toured some of the death camps. 

Shelly is a member of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, a docent and Holocaust educator at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, and teaches Holocaust courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute programs at Duke & NC State Universities.   Shelly travels throughout the state, talking to students and community groups. He has been the featured speaker at several community Holocaust Commemoration ceremonies. 

There is no fee for this event, but registration is appreciated.   Please click here to register.

Creation, End of the World and What to Do Until the End
Looking at G-d's Word in Judaism Christianity and Islam

Wednesday, May 6, Wednesday, May 13, Wednesday, May 20 from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Week 1:  Comparing views of Creation in the Tanach, Midrash, New Testament and the Qur'an

Week 2:  How will the world end and why?

Week 3:  If the end is coming, what should we do?

Each of the three weeks will involve reading short selections from the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and discussing how the three traditions think about the nature of G-d, the world and the End.  At the end of the three discussions, you should have a better understanding of how our non-Jewish neighbors view these topics and also better understand the major role Judaism has played in shaping one of the world's oldest and most popular discussions.

Gordon D. Newby is the Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and a Professor Emeritus in the Graduate Program of West and South Asian Religions.  Professor Newby has taught at Washington State University, Brandeis University, North Carolina State University and joined Emory University in 1992.  His research specialties include Early Islam, Muslim relations with Jews and Christians.  He was the founding editor of the journal Medieval Encounters and is currently working on a monograph on Apocalypse and Apocalypticism among Jews, Christians, and Muslims at the time of the rise of Islam.

Professor Newby and his wife, Wendy Levin Newby, PhD, lived in Raleigh and were members of TBO in the 1970's and 1980's and taught at NCSU.  After retiring from Emory, they have moved back to Raleigh to be near family and have rejoined TBO.

There is no fee for this event, but registration is appreciated.   Please click here to register.



Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class

Next class will enroll in 2021. Wednesday Evenings, 7:15 - 8:45 PM

Adult B’nai Mitzvah is a modern ritual for those who did not become Bar/Bat Mitzvah at age 13.The Adult B’nai Mitzvah program is a 2-year group study experience that focuses on Hebrew, liturgy, basic Jewish knowledge and creating their own D’var Torah. The program culminates with a Shabbat service that includes Torah readings.

Ask the Rabbi

Occasionally, 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Please join Rabbi Leah Citrin for a conversation focused on topics relevant to parents of Religious School-aged children. You can join the discussion, or just sit, listen and learn. Coffee and breakfast noshes will be served. No registration is required and all are welcome.

Beginning Hebrew Class

Wednesday Evenings, 7:15 – 8:45 PM

This 10-month course is designed to help you acquire or strengthen your Hebrew reading skills. The focus is primarily on reading prayers in Hebrew to gain a better understanding of Jewish services.

This course is required for those who are intending to participate in TBO’s adult B’Nai Mitzvah Program.

Tuition is $180 ($360 for non-members)

Gateways to Judaism

Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m

This 10-week class is a designed to follow Introduction to Judaism and focusing on more in-depth subjects such as:

  • Jewish Theology
  • Mitzvah & Halakhah (commandments and Jewish law)
  • Midrash & Talmud (commentary)
  • American Judaism
  • Contemporary Israel

Taught by Rabbis Citrin, Dinner, and Solomon

$120 for members of any area synagogue ($180 for all others)

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

This 10-week class offers an overview of Judaism, Jewish holidays and life cycle events. This class is appropriate for those considering conversion, interfaith couples and those wishing to refresh their childhood Religious School education.

Taught by Rabbis Citrin, Dinner, and Solomon

$120 for members of any area synagogue ($180 for all others)

Rosh Chodesh

Various Dates throughout the year

Our Rosh Chodesh program gives women (13 and older) the opportunity to welcome the new moon and the new month; make new friends; and discuss topics relevant to women. Bring yourself and maybe a friend, mother or daughter. No registration is necessary.

Senior University

TBO’s annual Senior University is a day of learning, fun, and fellowship for all area Jewish seniors. There is always an all-star lineup of dynamic speakers. Past speakers include actor and television host David Hartman, People’s Pharmacy hosts Joe and Terry Graedon, NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, as well as other esteemed speakers from the arts, education, sciences, government, healthcare, and the financial sector.

Second Thursday Evening Series

Thursday Evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 PM April 11, May 9

The Adult Education Committee develops this monthly education series. Each month features a different topic. No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Torah Study

Saturday Mornings, 9:00 – 10:15 AM

Join us for TBO’s Shabbat morning Parashat Hashavua (weekly Torah portion) discussion. Enjoy exploring the beauty, mysteries and meanings of the Torah text, with enlightening discussions with fellow Torah Study students. Enlighten and expand your understanding of our Jewish history and our potential for an even more meaningful Jewish future. No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

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