BE Recordings: November-December 2022

Missed an event this month? All virtual events that were recorded will be featured here.


Current Politics with Dr. David Zarefsky
Wednesday, November 9

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A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Special attention will be given to the policy and political issues facing the Biden administration. Two additional classes will be offered in the Spring term. Participation in prior sessions not required.

DAVID ZAREFSKY is the Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, specializing in argumentation and the analysis and criticism of American political discourse. He is a former president of the National Communication Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Central States Communication Association. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award from the National Communication Association. David is a past president of Beth Emet.


Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Guest D’var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler and Soup Kitchen Blessing

Friday, November 4

Watch the recording of Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler’s D’var Torah

Watch the recording of the Soup Kitchen Blessing and Presentation

Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will be the scholar-in-residence on this Shabbat. Rabbi Zierler has been a friend of Rabbi London’s since they were graduate students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem 30 years ago. She’s an amazing scholar and an outstanding teacher. When she was scholar-in-residence at Beth Emet a number of years ago, everyone loved her teaching. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn with her. She is the Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR in New York. Tonight, Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will speak on ” The Connection Between Faith and Truth.”

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen, there will be a special blessing at tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service.


From Zero to Jewish Hero: The Music of Fiddler on the Roof with Amanda Stein
Thursday, November 3

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Since its 1964 Broadway debut, Fiddler on the Roof has captivated audiences with its engaging story, instant classic tunes, and identifiable characters. Dr. Stein will examine this timeless musical’s well-known songs, addressing how particularly Jewish themes and melodies have had such a universal appeal for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. Her presentation will look at the legacy of Tevye through the performances of Zero Mostel on the stage and Topol in the 1971 film, and she will share some of songwriting duo Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s development of the music through draft lyrics and cut songs. You don’t need to have attended the Lyric Opera’s recent production to enjoy this class!

Musicologist AMANDA RUPPENTHAL STEIN, Ph.D. is a lecturer in music at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a 2021 graduate of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where she was also the Crown Graduate Fellow for the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. Amanda’s dissertation, Sounding Judentum: Assimilation, Art Music, and Being Jewish Musically in 19th Century German-Speaking Europe focused on how art musicians approached Jewish identity, assimilation, and acculturation through sonic expression, relationships, and writing. Additional teaching and research interests include Jewish voice in the music of Leonard Bernstein, the comedy albums of Allan Sherman, and cross-cultural conversations on religious and racial identities.