WE’RE BAAAACK !
We’re Reimagined! Reinvigorated! Refreshed!
Our Fall Programs will boggle your minds!
V’Samachta B’Chagecha! Let’s Celebrate Together!
September 25, 2021 @ 12:00 Noon Eastern Time
Whether from the comfort of your home or from within your beautiful Sukkah, join with the members of NAORRR to enjoy an on-line celebration of Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot. This will be our first virtual gathering of 5782 and a great way to greet each other and begin our program year. Bring your lulav and etrog, and sign up to share a service of music, meditation, prayer, and song.
The service will be presented by our own members: Jack Luxemburg, Norm Roman, Roz Gold, Bennett Miller, Gail Karp, Lisa Han and others.
After a Year of Covid: Who Are We Now?
October 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm Eastern time
Discuss with Dr. Betsy Stone how the “trauma” of Covid has impacted us — its effects on our brains and bodies, on our emotions and spirits. She will discuss the “take-aways,” what we can learn from the past year that will help us successfully navigate the new normal that is still taking shape.
Betsy Stone, Ph. D., is a Yale-educated Clinical Psychologist who teaches and lectures widely on a variety of topics including the physical, emotional, and spiritual impact of various types of traumas; how individuals cope; and how to find ways to move forward. She has been an instructor of Pastoral Care at HUC-JIR in New York and is advisor to many rabbis.
Seeking New Common Ground:
Jewish/Black Relations in the Age of BLM
October 21, 2021 @ 4:00 pm Eastern time
The longtime coalition, foundational to civil rights efforts for more than 70 years, has been challenged. Can former allies talk to each other, find common cause, and act together in this polarized time? What can be our role? Wade Henderson will share insights gained from a lifetime of engagement. Yolanda Savage-Narda will bring us the perspective of Jews of Color who have a unique and essential role in bridging the ideological and cultural divide.
Wade Henderson is the interim president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights– the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition– and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, organizations he previously led for more than 20 years.
Yolanda Savage-Narda is the director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) for the Union for Reform Judaism.
Untying the Knot: Examining the Current Israeli Reality
November 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm Eastern time
An up-to-the minute briefing with award winning Israeli journalist and commentator, Amir Tibon. He will give an analysis of the critical political, social, and security issues of the moment with an opportunity for questions.
Amir Tibon, is Assignments Editor/U.S. News Editor for Ha’aretz. From 2017 to 2020 he was the Washington correspondent. Author of The Last Palestinian, a biography of Mahmoud Abbas, his articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and The New Yorker among other places, and he has been seen on CNN, CBS, MSNBC and Al-Jazeera.
Hannukah: Rededication in a Time of Brokenness
December 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm Eastern time
A text study with Rabbi Erin Smokler, exploring what Hannukah and associated texts have to say to us in these extraordinary times. What lessons can we learn that will enable us to renew our commitments and rededicate ourselves to that which has been broken during the past year?
Rabbi Erin Smokler is Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat where she teaches Hasidut and Pastoral Torah. She holds a BA from Harvard, an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, and ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. She is the editor of the recently published anthology, Torah in the Time of Plague.