It’s going to be a heimish (Yiddish: friendly) evening at Temple Israel for the IFLC’s first Exploring Our Religious Landscapes program. Rabbis Josh Bennett and Ariana Gordon will present “Judaism 101,” to discuss the basic tenets of Judaism’s theology and its rituals.
They will conduct a tour of the temple building that will include the sacred space of the sanctuary, containing the ne’er tamid (eternal light). The ne’er tamid hangs over the aron kodesh, the holy ark where the torah scrolls are kept. It is on the bima, which is the platform from which prayer services are led. The rabbis will show the many fascinating ritual objects used to honor the torah, which contains the first five books of the bible.
Participants will have the opportunity to get to know one another over a traditional Jewish Sabbath meal, followed by a text study to explore Judaism’s understanding of welcoming and charity. We expect it to be a fun, informative, and interesting evening.
These Exploring Our Religious Landscape events will be wonderful times to visit and connect, creating bonds between participants of different faiths that can serve as bridges within our broader community. We hope you will join us at Temple Israel, and for the three other evenings.
The following are the dates for Exploring Our Religious Landscapes:
Judaism: Temple Israel – Tuesday, March 22, 2016: 6pm – 9pm
Sikhism: Gurdwara Sahib Ji Mata Tripta- Wednesday, April 27: 6pm – 9pm
Christianity: Christ Church Cranbrook- Wednesday, May 18th: 6pm -9pm
Islam: The Muslim Unity Center- Wednesday, June 8th: 6pm – 9pm