Book Club

Do you like to read?  Share your thoughts about the books you’re reading? Looking for a way to spend some time with your BTBJ friends and community? Join us at one or all of the the following sessions:  

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Introduction by Rabbi Roni Handler

Discussion led by Lisa Schwenderman

This book can be purchased on Amazon (use Amazon Smile to benefit BTBJ!)  or in the BTBJ office.  

“At age 30 Evan Moffic became the leader of a large congregation. He had great success. But he couldn't find happiness. Then he found a 2000-year-old prayer…He distills the "Eilu Devarim" an ancient prayer for happiness found in the Talmud into ten practices that empower us to thrive through setbacks, so nothing can hamper our happiness…

…Honor Those Who Gave You Life

… Be Kind

… Keep Learning

…Invite Others into Your Life

…Be There When Others Need You

…Celebrate Good Times

…Support Yourself and Others During Times of Loss

…Pray with Intention

…Forgive

…Look Inside and Commit…

Filled with relatable stories of real people, accessible commentary from contemporary psychologists, and warm humor, this rabbi of a new generation sheds light on an enduring prayer that captures the means and meaning of joyous living that will appeal to everyone"

Email Lisa at lschwenderman@btbj.org to participate.

Purchase Here

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:00 am         

One Book One Jewish Community - Discussion and Brunch

BTBJ will be participating in the One Book, One Jewish Community Program this year.  We look forward to sharing the 2018-19 selection when it is announced.  In addition to our own Book Club review, we will be sharing information about community wide programming associated with the selection that we hope you will also enjoy. The book this year is The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas.

"Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary—perhaps magical—Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph’s family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces—potent magic, forbidden love—that boldly attempt to bridge that divide."

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Discussion Led by Lisa Schwenderman and Lori Chiara

As a Driven Leaf with New Foreward by David Wolpe by Milton Steinberg

In a brand new foreword, Rabbi David Wolpe takes a fresh look at this masterpiece of modern fiction, a historical novel set in second century Jerusalem and Antioch that tells the gripping tale of renegade Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture. His conflict between tradition and modern culture is at once both ancient and very modern. As Wall Street Journal columnist Joseph Epstein writes, "One imagines that in writing As a Driven Leaf Milton Steinberg was writing about his own intellectual conflict over the issue—faith or reason, and in what proportions?—that remains fundamental to thoughtful people to this day. The tension that this conflict stirs in a first-class mind in his novel is compelling, and the incisive portrait of the man caught up in it is what gives "As a Driven Leaf" its standing as a masterpiece."

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Please remember BTBJ with  your purchase of our Book Club selections through Amazon Smile

 

 

Community Event

Men's Club Event

Men's Club
 
The Men's Club of
 Beth Tikvah B'nai Jeshurun
Sunday, December 16, 2018 
 
Membership Appreciation Brunch

This event is free to all Paid Up Members.

We will be Honoring Aaron Soowal
as the L'Dor V'Dor Award recipient

Guest Speaker: Mickey Morandini.
Phillies All-Star Second Baseman


Minyan at 9:30am
 
 Brunch at 10:00am

Membership Dues

We now Accept PAYPAL. Click the link below.

New BTBJ Members: Free

Annual Membership Dues: $79.00

$57 for members over 65 years old

Sponsor: $234 (includes membership dues)

Sponsors will be recognized at all Men's Club events. If feasible, there will be a sponsor-exclusive meet and greet with Men's Club event speakers.

Chai "Circle of Life" Sponsor: $360 (includes membership dues)

Please pay with this link:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=QS7RL2BD6W2C8

December Adult Ed

Thursday, December 13, Minyan 7:00 am

Join Us following Minyan for bagels, coffee and conversation with Rabbi Yoav Ende, Director of the Hannaton Educational Center, located on Kibbutz Hannaton, Israel's only Masorti (Conservative) Kibbutz

Thank you Michael & Paula Dvorak for their sponsorship

 

Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 pm

BTBJ University & Jewish Film Festival

The movie is 53 minutes in length.  

We will start the evening by examining the case of the Daughters of Zelophchad as found in the Torah narrative.  Then we will sit back and view "The Sturgeon Queens".  We will conclude with a discussion based on the Torah tale and this ground-breaking movie.  The evening promises to educate, enlighten and inspire!! Our program begins at 7:30 in the social hall and will conclude by 9:00 pm.
 
Everyone is cordially invited to attend

Fundraising Event

Monte Carlo at BTBJ!! 

 A Night of Fun, Games and Good Food    
 

January Adult Ed

Saturday, January 5, 9:30 am

Shabbat Torah Study

Sunday, January 13, 9:30 am

Learner's Minyan &

 Breakfast with Rabbi Grife

Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 pm

BTBJ University

Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm

Speaker Series

Norm Rubin Discusses the Rise and Demise of the Borsht Belt

Friday & Saturday January 18 & 19

Scholar In Residence

Rahel Musleah - The Heritage of the Jews in India

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm

Cantor Benjamin

in Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

& His Connection to Judaism

Tuesday, January 29, 7:30 pm

BTBJ University 

Calendar

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 4:15pm
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 6:30pm

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Online Gift Shop

Traditional Jewish Gifts - Jewish Gifts, Judaica Gifts, Wedding Glass, Mezuzah Store

BTBJ Sisterhood is excited to participate as an affitliate of the online Judaic website, Traditions Jewish Gifts.  

Currently Traditions Jewish Gifts is offering a special coupon to their affiliates.  Enter special COUPON CODE: AF240, to receive $5.00 off the order, with no minimum order required. 

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