Institute for Judaic Studies

The Institute for Judaic Services and Studies welcomes back many Institute members and look forward to seeing you at our celebrations and classes.

The next Shabbat service will be held on Friday evening, February 27, 2015, (Ballroom West, MountainView Country Club). Services begin at 7:00 p.m. led by Rabbi Seltzer and Cantorial Soloist Sarah Bollt, accompanied by Carolyn Cochran. The following Shabbat services will be held on March 27 (Mariposa Room, DesertView Performing Arts Center) and April 24 (Ballroom West, MountainView Country Club). Please mark your calendar.

An optional dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the MountainView Bistro precedes the lively Shabbat services and an Oneg Shabbat follows services. Reservations for dinner may be made by calling Blanche Waldstreicher at 818-9038. The Oneg Shabbat in February is being sponsored by The Sun City Gang to honor the Institute and to show our appreciation for the many friendships we have made within the SaddleBrooke community.

Please consider sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat. It is a meaningful way in which to mark a milestone event in the family. We are seeking sponsors for our fall services.

During the past several years, the entire community has looked forward to Rabbi Seltzer’s classes during the winter months. A two session series will discuss The Origins of What We Know as Interreligious Dialogue and the Judeo-Christian Tradition: Two Surprising Events in Jewish History Without Which Neither Would have Been Possible.

Monday, February 2, 2015 – Session I- When Jews Were Christians and Christians Were Jews and Some Were a Little Bit of Both: Its Enduring Legacy. This class will be held in Ballroom West, MountainView Country Club beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 9, 2015- Session II- When Jews Were Ghettoized and the Talmud, the Prayer Book and Other Jewish Texts Censored: Unforeseen Benefits.

This class will be held in the Mariposa Room of the DesertView Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, 2015- Willy Halpert will speak about surviving the Holocaust as a “hidden child” in Belgium and his trip in May, 2014, on a quest to retrace his lost childhood. Presentation at MountainView Clubhouse (room to be determined), from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Monday, March 9, 2015 – A second opportunity to hear the presentation by Willy Halpert. The program will take place at the HOA1 Activities Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP for the Halpert presentation to Marilyn Anthony via email at [email protected] or phone 812-1455.

The entire community is invited to attend Shabbat services, the classes given by Rabbi Seltzer and the presentation by Willy Halpert.

For further information about Institute programs and activities, please contact Joel Wyner at 825-8175 or Sam Horowitz at 468-6994.