I’ll be speaking at Agudas Achim on the Maccabees on Dec. 19

Agudas Achim stained glass

I’ll be speaking at Agudas Achim Congregation on Friday, December 19, 2014 on the Maccabees as part of the synagogue’s fall educational series.

Worship is at 7:45, and my presentation is at 8:30.

See you there.

Address:
Agudas Achim Congregation
401 E. Oakdale Blvd.
Coralville, IA 52241

Upcoming lectures in the Iowa City area

Jerusalem LectureI’ll be speaking giving a few talks in Iowa City over the next few weeks. All are welcome to attend.

March 28, 2014:  “Passover and the Eucharist: Investing New Meaning on the Jewish Meal” (Agudas Achim Congregation, Coralville, IA, 7:30 pm)

March 30, 2014:Passover and the Eucharist: Investing New Meaning on the Jewish Meal” (First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, IA 11:30 am)

[The above two lectures are part of the 2014 Finn Lecture, which promotes Jewish-Christian dialogue in Iowa City.]

April 4, 2014:A Deluge of Flood Stories: Pre-canonical and Canonical Flood Stories” (Agudas Achim Congregation, Coralville, IA, 7:30 pm)

April 11, 2014:Shabbat Dinner Talk by Prof. Robert Cargill: Archaeological Dig Opportunity in Israel: University of Iowa Tel Azekah Summer Study Abroad Program” (Hillel Foundation, East Market Street, Iowa City, IA, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

April 18, 2013:A Deluge of Flood Stories: Noah and the Jewish Interpretative Tradition of the Flood” (Agudas Achim Congregation, Coralville, IA, 7:30 pm)

 

Forthcoming Speaking Engagements at Agudas Achim Synagogue

I’ll be speaking on five occasions over the next two months at the Agudas Achim Congregation in Iowa City. I am thankful to Rabbi Portman for the invitations, and invite all who’d like to participate to come, listen to the lectures, and enjoy the congregation’s new facility at 401 E. Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville, IA.

I’ll be speaking on the following:

Date Time Title
Sept. 20 8:30pm “Seeing Double: Twins in the Bible”
(Annual Finn Lecture)
Genesis 25:20-26
Oct.   4 8:30pm “The Flood Tradition after the Rise of Science”
(Noah)
Genesis 6:9-11:32
Oct. 11 8:30pm “Go Forth from Here to Iowa, and I Shall Bless Thee with Tenure”
(Lech-Lecha – Abraham leaving)
Genesis 12:1-17:27
Oct. 18 8:30pm “Looking Back: Scholarly Problems with Sodom and Gomorrah”
(Vayera – Sodom and Gomorrah, Akedah)
Genesis 18:1-22:24
Oct. 26 8:30pm “What is ‘Biblical Marriage’?”
(Chayi Sarah – Wife for Isaac)
Genesis 23:1-25:18

For more information, contact the synagogue at (319) 337-3813.

For All Who Celebrate Yom Kippur 2013

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year for Jews, begins today at sundown.

I wish an easy fast and a solemn day of reflection for all who observe.

If you are looking for a place to worship in the Iowa City area, may I suggest Agudas Achim Congregation, located at 401 E. Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, IA 52241.

You can reach them for more information at (319) 337-3813.

Sept. 13, 2013

6:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Max Bruch’s Kol Nidre performed by Ben Berman & Richard Caplan
7:00 pm – Service

Sept 14, 2013

8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Service (conservative)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Service (reform)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Children’s Service
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm: Yizkor
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Minchah
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Neilah
7:59 pm (exactly): Havdalah and Shofar

Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown

ShofarYom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year for Jews, begins today at sundown.

I wish an easy fast and a solemn day of reflection for all who observe.

Services in Iowa City are hosted by Rabbi Jeff Portman and the Agudas Achim Congregation, who are holding their High Holiday services this evening at the Englert Theatre.

Tuesday, September 25
Kol Nidre Englert Theatre
6:30 pm Cello and piano renditon of Bloch’s Kol Nidre
6:40 pm Services

Wednesday, September 26
8:30 am Hillel (Conservative)
10:00 am Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert Iowa City (Reform)*
3:00 pm Children’s Service Hillel
4:45 pm Yizkor Hillel
5:30 pm Michah Hillel
6:45 pm Neilah Hillel
7:37 pm Shofar Hillel

for all who observe,

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