News from the Institute

The Institute for Judaic Services and Studies announces that Shabbat services will be held on Friday evening, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Mountain View Country Club. The service is led by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer and Cantorial Soloist Sarah Boltt, accompanied by Carolyn Cochran.

Please mark your calendar for Shabbat services on Friday, January 22 (Mariposa Room, DesertView Country Club), February 26 (Mariposa Room, DesertView Country Club, March 25 (West Ballroom, MountainView Country Club) and April 29 (West Ballroom, MountainView Country Club). All services begin at 7:00 p.m.

A pre-Shabbat optional dinner will be held on December 18 in the East Room of MountainView Country Club at 5:00 p.m. Dinner orders will be from a limited menu. Please RSVP to Ellie Adelman at  818-3064 or [email protected] by Wednesday, December 16.

Shabbat services are followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat reception. The December 18 Oneg Shabbat is being sponsored by Dan and Elise Fischler in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. Mazel Tov, Dan and Elise! The January 22 Oneg Shabbat 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 to mark a milestone event in the family. We are seeking sponsors for our services in 2016. For further information about being a sponsor, please contact Kim Halper at 825-7135.

Rabbi Seltzer will present a four session adult education course this winter in SaddleBrooke. The topic will be “Are We the Chosen People?”

Session I will discuss “Are We the Chosen People-Biblical, Rabbinic, Mystical Origins: Reactions and Responses” (Thursday, January 28, Mesquite Grill, MountainView Complex); Session II will discuss “Being Chosen and Divine Justice-Reconciling the Holocaust and other Tragedies of Jewish History with Divine Election” (Wednesday, February 3, Ballroom West, MountainView Country Club); Session III will discuss “The Theology of Being Chosen, Secular Zionism and the State of Israel: Compatibility and Contradictions” (Wednesday, February 10, Mesquite Grill, MountainView Complex); and Session IV will discuss “Who are the Chosen People? Comparing and Contrasting the Claims of Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam” (Wednesday, February 17, Ballroom West, MountainView Country Club). The entire community is invited to attend. All sessions begin at 7:00 p.m.

For further information about the Institute for Judaic Services and Studies, please contact Joel Wyner at 825-8175, Sandy McNabb at 825-4122, or Sam Horowitz at 468-6994.