Passover & Easter: Two Stories of Redemption
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Brian Stoller
Passover and Easter are, in many ways, Judaism's and Christianity's most theologically important holidays. Both tell stories of redemption: the redemption of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery by God, and the redemption of believers from sin by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Looking at passages from the Torah and from the New Testament, we will examine the meaning of redemption in the Jewish and Christian traditions and apply insights from both faiths to our own lives.
Holocaust Survivor Stories, In Their Own Words
Sundays, April 23 & 30 and May 7, 2017, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
As the world commemorates Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), BJBE is honored to welcome survivors of the Holocaust to share their stories of heroism, survival, and renewal. It is a privilege and a sacred duty to bear witness to their stories.
April 23, 2017 – SCREENING OF "REGINA: THE WORLD'S FIRST FEMALE RABBI" – This documentary film tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), a strong woman who made history by becoming the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world. During the Nazi era, her sermons and her unparalleled dedication brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. Regina Jonas was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. Using amazing archival footage, this remarkable film paints a vivid picture of early-20th-century Jewish life in Berlin and brings us a story of a person whose image is known through one photograph alone.
April 30, 2017 – FRITZIE FRITZSHALL – Born in Czecholslovakia, Fritzie was taken at age 13 to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she lost her mother, her brothers, and her aunt. She has vivid memories of the notorious Dr. Joseph Mengele, known as "The Angel of Death," surveying prisoners and choosing some for his diabolical human experiments. Fritzie has been an active voice against anti-semitism in the Chicago area for many years and currently serves as president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
May 7, 2017 – BARNEY SIDLER – After the Nazis conquered Poland when Barney was a child, he spent years moving from Jewish ghettos to labor camps before being liberated in 1945. Arriving in the U.S. with virtually no education, Barney worked hard and eventually became a successful, self-made businessman. He speaks frequently to children around Chicagoland, encouraging them to take advantage of the amazing educational opportunities available to them.
Sisterhood YES Fund Event
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Sisterhood's annual brunch to raise funds for the Women of Reform Judaism's YES Fund. This fund supports our youth, the education of our clergy and Jewish professionals, and worldwide special projects.
Contact: Carol Berger