September 26, 2022
Missed Sarah Hurwitz at Beth Emet on May 15, 2023? Watch the recording here.
A special thank you to Nisan Chavkin who partnered with Rabbi London in the planning and working with facilitators of the book, and to the book circle facilitators: Max Antman, Dick Axelrod, Ellen Blum Barish, Nisan Chavkin, Suzanne Coffey, Dina Elenbogen, Suki Fisher, Karen Isaacson, Seth Krantz, Lisa Lieberman, Michael Orenstein, Michelle Oxman, Dan Ray, and Helene Spak.
The One Book, One Congregation program was a year-long congregational read of Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Through book circles that were lay led by facilitators, monthly Divrei Torah by Rabbi London on a particular chapter, periodic Sunday morning conversations or members reading the book at home, this was a great opportunity to contemplate questions about Judaism and explore Jewish identity. The book is accessible and thought-provoking.
Hear All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life–in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) by Sarah Hurwitz
Scroll down for recordings of Rabbi London’s Divrei Torah on Here All Along.
“What an achievement—to have found a way to make every aspect of Judaism utterly accessible, digestible, and emotional all at once, in one riveting volume.
— Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew
Rabbi London Divrei Torah:
Click the link for the recording.
Introduction and Framing
Chapter 1- In The Beginning and In the Image: The Torah (Shared at Erev Simchat Torah without recording)
Chapter 2-Friday, November 11
The Process of Judaism: Questioning, Debating, and Interpreting
Chapter 3- Friday, December 9
Freeing God from “His” Human-Shaped Cage in the Sky
Chapter 4- Friday, January 27
Mitzvot and the Spirituality of Doing
Chapter 5- Friday, February 3
Becoming a Great Person: Self-Restraint and Self-Transcendence
Chapter 6- Friday, March 17
Prayer and More: Finding the Primal in Jewish Spiritual Practice
Chapter 7- Friday, April 15
Giving Shabbat a Chance
The One Book, One Congregation programs are generously sponsored by the Judith F. Krug Fund, David and Florence Fingeret Fund, Solomon and Lillian Krug Fund, and the JELLO (Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities) Funds in the Beth Emet Foundation.