News from the institute

The Institute for Judaic Services and Studies announces that Shabbat services will be held on Friday evening, January 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mariposa Room of the DesertView Country Club. The service is led by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer and Cantorial Soloist Sarah Boltt, accompanied by Carolyn Cochrane.

Please mark your calendar for Shabbat services on February 26, 2016 (Mariposa Room, DesertView Country Club), March 25, 2016 (West Ballroom, MountainView Country Club) and April 29, 2016 (West Ballroom, MountainView Country Club). All services begin at 7:00 p.m.

A pre-Shabbat optional dinner will be held on Friday, January 22 in the East Room of the MountainView Country Club at 5:00 p.m. Dinner orders will be from a limited menu. Please RSVP to Ellie Edelman (818-396 or [email protected]) by Wednesday, January 20.

Shabbat services are followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat reception. The January 22 Oneg Shabbat is being sponsored by the Sun City Gang “to honor the Institute and 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 services in 2016. For further information about being a sponsor, please contact Kim Halper at 825-7135.

Rabbi Seltzer will be presenting a four session adult education course this winter in SaddleBrooke. The community has greatly enjoyed these classes in previous years.

The 2016 topic will be: Are We the Chosen People? – Among the most controversial and misunderstood concepts in Judaism. The course will examine how and why it became a basic concept in Judaism, the views of various Jewish thinkers past and present and implications not only for Jews, but for Christians and Muslims as well.

Session I will discuss: Are We the Chosen People- Biblical, Rabbinic, Mystical Origins: Reactions and Responses (Thursday, January 28, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, Mesquite Grill, MountainView Complex).

Session IV will discuss: Who Are the Chosen People? Comparing and Contrasting the Claims of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 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 (825-8175), Sandy McNabb (825-4122), or Sam Horowitz (468-6994).