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BPES is pleased to present “Let the People Sing: Congregational Singing in the American Conservative Synagogue, in the early to mid-20th Century”

Congregational singing was an innovation, spearheaded by the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Goldberg will discuss the social, religious, and cultural factors that encouraged this development, the protagonists and resisters, the creation of a corpus of melodies that became “standard” throughout the Conservative Movement, culminating in the publication of the Zamru Lo by the Cantors Assembly in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Touching Heaven – Touching Earth Education Series by Dr. Ken Firestone

During the cold month of February, we look forward to keeping warm around the hearth of Torah’s fire together on Thursday nights.  Led by Dr. Ken Firestone, this series is entitled “Touching Heaven – Touching Earth”.

There are various goals for Torah study.  Some are more pragmatic, as we consider ways to apply Torah to our daily lives.  Other goals are less pragmatic, such as learning “for its own sake” (Torah lishmah). Together, these aspects of Torah address matters of “heaven and earth.”

This series of classes will expose adult learners to both types of Torah wisdom from diverse genres and periods of the Jewish religious tradition.  Texts will be presented from rabbinic literature (Talmud and Midrash), medieval philosophical literature (Maimonides), mystical literature from later periods (Kabbalistic and Chassidic text and tales) and modern Jewish thought.

The program will be held on Thursdays in February 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 7:30 pm.  The program is FREE and open to the public.

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