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CCAR Press has created unique programs for you to host at your congregations, schools, libraries, and Jewish Community Centers. We believe that now, more than ever, is a time for conversation -- and we're here to help! Contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 972-3636 x243.
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Black Ink and White Space:
Poetry as Prayer
Dr. Marcia Falk
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:45 AM CST
(after Shabbat Morning Minyan)
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
NSCI welcomes preeminent poet, liturgist, painter, and author Marcia Falk, who will read from and engage in discussion about her groundbreaking prayer book, The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival. The Book of Blessings, the 20th-anniversary edition of which was just released by CCAR Press, re-creates Jewish prayer in poetic forms from a non-patriarchal, gender-inclusive perspective. Marcia is a lively speaker and reader of poetry, and this is sure to be a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation!
All are welcome! Please RSVP to Miriamb@nsci.org, or call (847) 835-0724.
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
with special guest
Dr. Marcia Falk
Sunday, November 19, 10:00 AM CST
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC)
303 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Join One Jewish Evanston in celebrating Rosh Chodesh Kislev with special guest Dr. Marcia Falk, renowned poet, liturgist, and author of The Book of Blessings. The program will feature both liberal and traditional learning, and a delicious catered kosher brunch. For program details, click here.
One Jewish Evanston is a consortium of six Evanston communities: Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, the Lomdim Chavurah, Minyan Shirat ha-Agam, the Evanston Orthodox Minyan, and Northwestern University Hillel. Together these communities span the spectrum of Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox, and unaffiliated Jews.
All are welcome! There is no charge, but advance registration is required. To register, please email Dan Cedarbaum at email@example.com.
Authors at the J: Part III
Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr
Sunday, November 19,
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST
JCC of the Lehigh Valley
702 N. 22nd Street
Allentown, PA 18104
As a part of the Authors at the J series at the JCC of Lehigh Valley, recent Jewish Book Award winner Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr will discuss her book, The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate, and her blog, This Messy Life, which focuses on embracing life, messiness and all. Rabbi Schorr is a Lehigh Valley resident and speaks regularly at such places as the 92nd Street Y, the Academy for Jewish Religion (NY), and a variety of synagogues and other community organizations.
All are welcome and encouraged to join! The event includes brunch, a Q&A with the audience, and will close with an author signing. Copies of The Sacred Calling will be available for purchase during at the event.
Advance registration is required. To register, stop by the JCC Welcome Desk, call 610.435.3571, or register via Facebook. For more information, please visit lvjcc.org or view the official event flyer.
This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The Fragile Dialogue:
Opportunities and Challenges of Israel Education Today
A CCAR Webinar
Tuesday, November 28
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
In celebration of the publication of the new CCAR Press book The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism, educators and clergy are invited to a special webinar conversation about the opportunities and challenges of Israel Education today. Co-sponsored by the CCAR, URJ, ARZA, and ARJE, this webinar will feature Rabbi Lisa Grant, PhD, Professor of Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/NY, Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, URJ Director of Israel Engagement, and Anne Berman-Waldorf (RJE), ARJE President and Director of Lifelong Education at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, NJ. Rabbi Hara Person, Publisher of CCAR Press and Chief Strategy Officer of the CCAR, will open the conversation, which will center around Professor Grant's profound chapter in The Fragile Dialogue, "Educating for Ambiguity" (which will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar).
All registrants will receive a special promo code in their confirmation email, giving them a 30% discount on The Fragile Dialogue (valid only through November 28th).
Advance registration is required. To register, please click here.
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Official Book Launch
Wednesday, November 29th
7:00-8:30 PM EST
Temple Beth El
David Silverman Social Hall
5101 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
Don't miss out on your chance to learn about real, hands-on opportunities for Jewish communities to create lasting change in America! Recharging Judaism is the essential and timely guide for every synagogue working for social justice in America. Based on extensive research among synagogues already making an impact, the authors illuminate paths for clergy and congregants on this journey and share how civic engagement strengthens Jewish community and individual Jewish identity.
Rabbi Judy Schindler and Judy Seldin-Cohen, authors of Recharging Judaism: How Civic Engagement is Good for Synagogues, Jews, and America, will briefly discuss their journey of researching and writing this one-of-a-kind guidebook for civic engagement.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Recharging Judaism will be available for purchase, and both authors will be available for author signing before and after they take the stage.
To pre-order your copy of Recharging Judaism for pick up at the book launch, please CLICK HERE. All pre-purchased books will be signed and ready for pick up at the event (if you're unable to make it to the launch, however, you can pick your copy up at Temple Beth El afterwards).
For questions, please write to Susan Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art and Act of Prayer
An Evening with Alden Solovy
Sunday, December 10th
7:00-9:00 PM EST
87 Richardson Road
N. Chelmsford, MA 01863
Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. A liturgist and poet, he's written more than 650 pieces of new liturgy, often challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, and prayer. His third book, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day was published by CCAR Press in Spring 2017.
During this evening of teaching, which will utilize Alden's 'Conceptual Map of Prayer,' participants will consider the purpose and power of prayer. This special session will enliven understanding of both the art and the act of prayer, while simultaneously working to inspire both the heart and the mind.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend! To RSVP, please email email@example.com. Please call (978) 251-8091 with any questions.
Copies of This Grateful Heart will be available for purchase.
Forty Years of Influential Jewish Books
An Afternoon Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk
Sunday, December 10
1:30 PM PST
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Join the Jewish Community Library for a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of two groundbreaking Jewish books by Bay Area residents who are among America's most influential Jewish authors -- Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk. Short talks by both authors will be followed by a reception. The newly released 20th-anniversary edition of The Book of Blessings, along with other works by both authors, will be available for purchase.
All are welcome to attend! The event is free, and free garage parking off of Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy Streets, is available. Check out the event on Facebook here.
This event is co-sponsored by CCAR Press.