The Symposium

The Symposium - עֲשֵׂה לְךָ רַב, וּקְנֵה לְךָ חָבֵר
Make for Yourself a Teacher, and Acquire for Yourself a Friend

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am via Zoom
Our sages teach that whenever we teach Torah in the name of one from whom we learned it, we help bring about the redemption of the world. In all of our learning, worshipping, and time together, you regularly hear the clergy sharing the names of their chevrutot (study partners) and teachers; those people who taught us the Torah we joyfully share with you. This year, as the world continues to move online and to digital platforms, we have the incredible opportunity to learn from our friends and teachers from across the country and across the world! Spend time with us each Tuesday from 10-11:30am on Zoom as we share the gift of our friends and teachers.


The Rabbis look at Noah: Midrash on the Flood with Rabbi Alan Katz, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Sinai in Rochester, NY
October 20, 202010:00-11:30am
Read more about Rabbi Katz here | Download source sheet here

The Golem and Jewish Imagination with Rabbi Josh Fixler, Associate Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, TX
October 27, 2020 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Rabbi Fixler here

Prophets and Kings: Ancient Visions of National Leadership with Rabbi Reni Dickman
November 3, 2020 10:00-11:30am
Download source sheet here

Becoming Yisrael – Evolution of an Idea across 3000 Years with Rabbi Danny Moss, Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Westport, CT
November 10, 2020 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Rabbi Moss here | Download source sheet here

Unnamed but not Untold: Stories of Anonymous Characters in the Bible with Rabbi Emily Langowitz
November 17, 2020 10:00-11:30am
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Why Jewish History Matters: Big Lessons from the History of a Small People with Professor Jason Lustig, Lecturer and Israel Institute Teaching Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
November 24, 2020 10:00-11:00am
Read more about Professor Lustig here

Vayishlach: Wrestling Those Inner Angels and Demons As We Strive to Discover our Divine Mission with Rabbi Alan Rabishaw, Rabbi at Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale, CA
December 1, 2020 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Rabbi Rabishaw here

Pirke Avot and It's Relevance Today with Rabbi Deborah Bravo, Founder and Rabbi at MakomNY in New York, NY
December 8, 2020 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Rabbi Bravo here

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”: Timely Biblical Teachings on Fear and Hope with Rabbi Dr. Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR in New York, and the Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary
December 15, 2020 10:00-11:30am

Read more about Rabbi Dr. Andrea Weiss here

Ezra and Nehemiah with Rabbi Simcha Bob
January 5, 2021 10:00-11:30am
Download source sheet here.

Liturgy and Drama in Jewish Music with Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy, Cantor at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, CA
January 12, 2021 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy here


Jewish Music and Culture on the Italian Peninsula with Cantor Alexandra Kurland
January 19, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Debbie Friedman: The Midrash in the Music with Cantor Ellen Dreskin
January 26, 2021 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Cantor Ellen Dreskin here
Download source sheet here

The Stories We Tell with Rabbi Leora Kaye
February 2, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Jewish Wisdom on the boundaries of Free Speech- What's acceptable, What's not, and Why?  with Rabbi John Linder, Senior Rabbi at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley AZ
February 9, 2021 10:00-11:30am
Read more about Rabbi Linder here

Cantor Rosalie Will
February 16, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Self Respect as Key to Mutual Respect with Rabbi Matt Gewirtz
February 23, 2021 10:00-11:00am
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Cantor Jennifer Frost

March 2, 2021 10:00-11:30am

The Well and the Tzedakah Fund: Prioritizing Finite Resources in a World of Infinite Need with Rabbi Sarah Mulhern, Manager of the Created Equal Project, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
March 9, 2021 10:00-11:30am
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Music of the Heavenly Spheres
with Cantor Sarah Grabiner, Cantor at Radlett Reform Synagogue in the UK.
March 16, 2021 10:00-11:30am

The Barcelona Hagaddah with Rabbi Sarah M. Berman, Director of Adult Education at Central Synagogue in New York City
March 30, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Remix Judaism with Roberta Kwall
April 6 & 13, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Saul Kaiserman, Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
April 20, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service, HUC-JIR Los Angeles
April 27, 2021 10:00-11:30am

Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, HUC-JIR Los Angeles
May 4, 2021 10:00-11:30am