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Contemporary Jewish Life in France...An Update at TBA

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Congregational Learning at Temple B’nai Abraham provides opportunities for learners of all ages to explore their identities as Jews. Through spiritual, academic and social programs and courses, opportunities for learning bring people together, helping to create a special sense of family and community. Most classes are free and open to the community, unless otherwise indicated. Registration is requested.

To commence TBA congregational learning for 2014-2015, a series of lectures being offered is entitled Global Jewish Journey – Perception vs. Reality. We know there are Jews who live in “the rest of the world,” but how much do we know about them?   And is what we know correct?  Do Jews in France and Argentina genuinely face rampant anti-Semitism?  Is Australia  really the one shining star of Jewish growth in the Diaspora?  Did all the Jews leave the former Soviet Union and if not, what is life like for those still there?  This year we will have the opportunity to move beyond the perception and learn the reality, straight from people whose live, work and study these Jewish regions of the world.

Our series begins with Rabbi Celia Surget, on Tuesday, September 2, at 7:30 PM at temple,  who will discuss The Plight (if it is) of the Jews of France. Rabbi Surget was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, and attended the University of Geneva.  She studied for the rabbinate in Israel, North America and the United Kingdom, and was a congregational rabbi in Paris for several years prior to a recent move to a congregation in greater London.  She is more than well equipped to help us understand the dynamics of the largest Jewish community in Europe. Other lecture dates will be announced in the fall.

Alyce Sands Miller and Steve Delman are the TBA Adult Learning Committee Co-Chairs. For information, contact Melissa Weiner, Director of Jewish Learning 973-994-3950 or to register go to or call 973-994-2290.

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