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Summer Adult Limmud

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Temple Rodef Shalom

2100 Westmoreland Street

Falls Church, VA 22043

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Navigating Biblical Relationships: Personal Lessons for Our Time

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This is a multi access event. You can choose to attend in person at TRS (100 is our capacity), or if you are uncomfortable attending in person, these sessions will be live streamed from our sanctuary on the TRS streaming page: https://www.templerodefshalom.org/live.

If you register for an in person ticket and cannot make a particular session, that's fine - we still welcome you to join the sessions you're able to! Please note only Temple members may attend in-person Temple programs.

Family relationships are inherently charged with love and competition, betrayal and forgiveness, resilience and hope. In this series we will navigate the emotional, ethical, and spiritual paths of our Biblical ancestors and explore how those dynamics can inform our lives today. Each week in this series a clergy member will pair with a therapist to bring you the best of both worlds – our 4,000-year-old Jewish tradition and modern psychology.

7/8:   Rabbi Bernstein and Donna Schwartz, LICSW, will explore the conflicts between Joseph and his brothers. What were the origins of these conflicts, and how were the brothers able to overcome the emotional distance between them? What can we learn from this narrative about how we might heal our own family relationships?

7/15: Rabbi Saxe and Dr. Melissa Sporn, Clinical Psychologist, will explore the fraught relationship of twin brothers Jacob and Esau. They compete for success and attention, they wrestle as well as embrace, and while they eventually reconcile, the tension seems to remain. How might their example inform our own familial relationships?

7/22: Cantor Leider and Ilene Van Hoozer, MSW, will examine the narratives of Jacob's dream and Jacob's angel encounter to explore personal and spiritual transformation and how defining moments in our lives can provide opportunity for positive change.

7/29: Rabbi Schwartzman and Mimi Weissberg, MSW, will examine Jacob's sister-wives and the complicated relationship among Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah. How do these wives and concubines to Jacob manage to raise twelve children and maintain their sisterhood? 8/5: Cantor Shochet and Amy Beckman, LSCW, will explore the complicated relationship between Abraham and Sarah and lessons regarding marital relationships.

8/5: Cantor Shochet and Amy Beckman, LSCW, will explore the complicated relationship between Abraham and Sarah and lessons regarding marital relationships.

8/12: Cantor Rhodes and Dov Cohen, MSW, will explore in-law relationships using the story of Ruth and Naomi. What can these women teach us about how to respect and love our in-laws?

This program, in part or in its entirety, may be recorded for quality assurance and training purposes. Furthermore, recordings may be made available to Temple Rodef Shalom members, and/or the general public.

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Temple Rodef Shalom is a thriving Reform Jewish congregation nestled in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Since our founding in 1962, we have grown to the largest Jewish congregation in Virginia, serving over 1710 households from Arlington, McLean, Falls Church, Vienna and other nearby Northern Virginia areas. We have something for everyone and welcome you to join us!

 

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