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CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Over 130 Years of Reform Jewish Tradition, Innovation & Diversity
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From Kabbalah to the Big Bang:
Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Spirituality
Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2
Daniel Matt will introduce us to some of the central themes of Kabbalah. On Friday night he will focus on the concept of Shekhinah (the feminine aspect of God) in the context of Shabbat. In his subsequent presentations, he will show how the Zohar interprets and reimagines the Torah, and how the mystical tradition enables us to discover God in the material world. Finally, he will address the question of “God and the Big Bang,” exploring parallels between Kabbalah and contemporary cosmology, and seeking to find harmony between science and spirituality.
Friday Night During 7:00 pm Worship:
“Shekhinah - The Feminine Half of God”
One of the boldest contributions of Kabbalah is the idea that God is equally female and male. Daniel Matt will briefly trace the development of Kabbalah and then focus on the concept of Shekhinah (the feminine aspect of God) from its rabbinic origins to its full flowering in the Zohar, where Shekhinah is identified with the Sabbath Bride.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study, 9:00 am:
“How the Zohar Reimagines Torah”
How does the Zohar interpret and reimagine the Torah? How does the mystical approach to Torah differ from a literal approach? From a midrashic approach? Daniel Matt will explore these questions with us by studying several passages from the Zohar.
Shabbat Afternoon, 4:30 pm:
“Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World”
How can God be encountered in our daily life? Dr. Matt will explore this question with us by teaching passages from Kabbalah and Hasidism on the nature of God, the act of Creation, and the challenge of discovering God in the material world.
Sunday morning, 9:15 am:
“God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality”
Our scholar-in-residence will present a lecture exploring the parallels between Kabbalah and contemporary cosmology. How does the mystical understanding of Creation compare with the modern theory of the origin of the universe? Is there a way to harmonize these two approaches—the scientific and the spiritual?
Over 100 congregants have contributed to Project Kadima, the strategic plan our Board’s subcommittee has been building for us over the past 9 months. The strategic plan builds on the mission of CBI, and articulates the values and goals that support our mission. It identifies the priorities and initiatives and the roadmap to help us achieve our goals. Many of our congregants have been involved in one or more phases of this process and now is the chance to see what the finished plan includes.
Click here for more information about the values and goals, as well as the congregants involved.
FOOD AS MEDICINE TALK
Sunday, December 15th at 12pm-1pm at Congregation Beth Israel, Smith Auditorium
Guest Speaker, Sharon Hausman-Cohen, MD, will share the research and science on using the Power of Food to achieve Optimal Health. Improve your energy, lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reverse or improve control of type 2 diabetes by changing what you eat, without hunger and without sacrificing taste.
Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen of Balcones Woods Family Medicine received her MD from Harvard Medical School and has been practicing full spectrum family medicine in Austin since 1997. Her strong science background combined with her interest in treating the whole person allows her to partner with her patients to help them improve their health via nutrition and lifestyle choices in addition to medications and other venues as appropriate. As the medical director of Cornucopia Health, a nutrition education and cooking instruction program, she and her partners Bettie Forman and Audrey Glaser help participants learn to use food to help them control weight and chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Questions: Contact email@example.com / www.CornucopiaHealth.org
INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND GAME NIGHT
Join us December 24, 5:30-8:00 pm as we sample cuisines from around the world. We'll have hors d'ourvres and games. Bring your favorite international dish or dessert, and a game to share.
Fun for all ages!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we are sure to have enough food. Donations accepted.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas on Monday, October 14.
We processed 6,300 pounds of drinks (water, juice and beverages) which will benefit 5,200 people in the Central Texas area!
Save the date for our next food bank mitzvah opportunity on January 20th (MLK Day). Questions? Email Carly Cera, Director of Community Engagement.