Exploring Our Religious Landscapes  Spring Series on Abrahamic Faiths Welcomed us to Temple Beth-El

“Israel” means he who struggles with God. The people of Israel, as explained by our host, Rabbi Mark Miller, in the first of our Spring ERL sessions, are defined by their relationship with God, and their tradition of not following blindly.
In a fascinating 2-hour presentation, Rabbi Miller kept our rapt attention while he talked about the pillars of Judaism, the Torah, Jewish rituals, the history of Judaism and our local Detroit Jewish community, including Temple Beth-El’s history.
The congregation dates back to 1850, and has outgrown several celebrated homes, including two buildings designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn, one of which is now Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theater.  Rabbi Miller showed us around the Temple’s current home, the striking Minoru Yamasaki-designed building in Bloomfield Hills, which honors its own history by housing a beautiful set of stained glass windows brought over from its previous home in Detroit.
As always, we enjoyed the opportunity to visit with friends and meet new acquaintances over dinner and explore some of the similarities of our various faith traditions.
We also received the new ERL textbook, and, in addition to perusing the material on Judaism, got to preview all new sections on the upcoming Islam, Baha’i, and Baptist sessions. Space is still available to join us. Register here.