ON SUNDAY, NOV. 11, Global Jewish Day of Learning will be celebrated by synagogues across the world and in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.
Sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, there is no admission fee and refreshments will be served.
“The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey seeks to connect as many Jews as possible to Jewish life in our community,” said Stacy Feldman, federation’s director of Community Impact. “Promoting Global Jewish Day of Learning connects Jews all over the world to each other’s communities while also fostering a love for Jewish learning.”
Multiple programs are happening across Middlesex and Monmouth counties:
Neve Shalom, Metuchen
9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Members of Neve Shalom, Temple Emanu-El of Edison, JCC of Middlesex County, and Rutgers Hillel are meeting at Neve Shalom to learn about “Extraordinary Passages: Texts & Travels.” Speakers and breakout sessions include:
- Rabbi Eric Rosin: “Journey Into the Unknown”
- Hazzan Sheldon Levin: “Jewish Songs for Travel: A Sing Along”
- Rabbi David Vaisberg: “Jonah, A Story of Many Journeys”
- Rabbi Esther Reed: “The Journey of Our Names”
- Rabbi Victor Appell: “Generations: A Family’s Journey”
- Esther Fendrick and Martha Mack: “Journey to Israel” for pre-schoolers
- Neve Shalom faculty: “Journey of My Name” for grades K-7
East Brunswick Public Library
Members of Congregation Beth Ohr, Young Israel of East Brunswick, East Brunswick Jewish Center, and Temple B’nai Shalom are meeting at the East Brunswick Public Library to learn about “The Challenges We Face — Judaism in the 21st Century.” The panel includes rabbis from multiple denominations who will discuss the greatest challenges they see for their individual movements, featuring:
- Rabbi Joel Mishkin, Cong. Beth Ohr
- Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer, Temple B’nai Shalom
- Rabbi Jeff Pivo, East Brunswick Jewish Center
Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson
Prof. Jack Needle presents “An Introduction to Philip Roth — His Life and Work.” Part of a year-long celebration of Jewish Pulitzer prize-winning authors, this program will feature background on the author and an introduction to his 2010 book on the polio epidemic, “Nemesis,” which is the selection for a Congregational Read.
Rabbi Dov Goldberg will lead a discussion of the novel on Nov. 30.
For a complete list of Global Day of Learning programs, visit jewishheartnj.org/calendar.