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Looking for Light in Jewish Sources | Online Learning Series for Hanukkah

Looking for Light in Jewish Sources

A Free Online Learning Series for Hanukkah

 

In these dark and challenging times, let’s try to find some light in Jewish texts and in the act of coming together to learn in community. As we prepare for Hanukkah, together we will explore ancient and modern sources related to the Festival of Lights and light in general. Hopefully together we will be able to find sources of solace, inspiration, comfort and strength.

This series of 3 online sessions is free and open to the public. You are invited to participate in 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. Sessions will take place on Wednesdays at 7pm Israel Time (5pm UK, 12pm ET, 9am PT)

 

SESSION 1:

Wednesday, November 29 – Jewish Stories of Darkness and Light – with Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg

Together we will explore two ancient tales of finding light in times of darkness and one modern take on the same theme. Comparing and questioning these stories, we will merge this learning with reflections on our own experiences.

SESSION 2:

Wednesday, December 6 –  ‘A Flicker of Light at the Height of Darkness’: Hanukkah of Hope from Adam and Eve to Theodor Herzl – with Tova Birnbaum

Join us on a journey of light and time, from the first humans through the sages of the Talmud to Theodor Herzl. Together we will explore how Hanukkah paints a horizon of optimism and light, especially during dark times in the Jewish story, and reflect on today’s light in the midst of challenging times.

SESSION 3:

Wednesday, December 13 – ‘How to Increase the Light and Dispel the Darkness – In More Ways Than One” – co-led by Einat Levy and Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg

Jewish sages have often debated the best way to increase light and hope in the world while coping with darkness – and there is no one simple answer. Together we will explore some of their answers as they relate to Hanukkah and beyond.

 

Click here to register for one or all sessions:

https://bina-org-il.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOCsqzkjHNy2qNzWSGH590R716zG0zkz

About the Teachers:

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenber

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg, Senior Educator, BINA, Israel

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg is an American-Canadian-Israel Queer Jewish educator-activist. Elliot teaches and advocates on topics relating to Jewish pluralism and inclusion, refugee rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and his educator-activist approach focuses on the application of Judaism for social change. Elliot is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and co-chair of Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel. Elliot is a blogger for The Times of Israel, and has published in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, and elsewhere. Elliot currently lives in Jaffa.

 

Tova Birnbaum, Director of Jewish Content, Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto, California

Tova Birnbaum is the Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California, and a Senior Jewish Education Specialist at the JCC Association. She is also a faculty member in the Mandel Educational Leadership Program at the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Tova was born in B’nai B’rak, Israel, in an Ultra-Orthodox home, and was one of the founders of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, where she was a faculty member for many years. She also served as the Central Shlicha (emissary), Director of the North America Region of the World Zionist Organization.
Tova is a Judaic studies teacher, Theater Midrash workshop facilitator and a Secular Jewish Life Cycle ceremonies officiant. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto. Tova holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in theater from Tel Aviv University. Tova and her husband, Yishay, live in Palo Alto and are the proud parents of their two daughters, Arya and Talya.

Einat Levy, Director of Educational Content and Training, BINA
Einat Levy recently joined BINA as BINA’s new Director of Educational Content and Training. Before coming to BINA, Einat was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, where she explored the ways in which areas of Jewish knowledge help shape the identity and resilience of students; in the emerging field of SEL (social-emotional learning); and in innovative pedagogies that are adapted to the different and changing needs of students and teachers. Previously, Einat served as the director of Israel’s Ministry of Education’s Oral Torah Unit for the Central District. Einat holds a bachelor’s degree in Israel studies and a master’s degree in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. She is also a graduate of the Petichta program for Talmud studies at Matan—The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies. Einat is a member of Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne where she lives with her husband Ran and their four children, dog and cat. She loves to travel in Israel and the world. She is a student at heart.

Thank you to our event co-sponsors:

While this event is free, please consider making a $20 donation to BINA’s Hanu-KIT initiative!

Evacuees from Israel’s North and South left their homes nearly two months ago, leaving everything behind. As they approach the Hanukkah holiday they won’t be lighting their traditional menorahs. We hope that with BINA’s Hanu-KITs (Hanukkah kits), families will come together to light candles, sing, and celebrate their own resilience and the light of community around them. BINA’s Hanu-KITs come with a traveling menorah, candles, matches and a booklet created by BINA with traditional Hanukkah songs and prayers, stories for adults, stories for children, and activities for families to do together.

Gifting a Hanu-KIT to one family costs $20 and you can make your donation here!
https://causematch.com/hanu-kit

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