Like the country itself, Israeli cuisine is a melding together of myriad cultures and traditions. Award-winning foodies and wine experts from Israel will reveal their culinary secrets and gleanings, and offer insight about current hidden food gems and trends. Come sample artisanal cheeses, award-winning chocolates, olive oils, and wines.
Wines provided by Israeli Wine Direct and Israel Wine Producers Association, and food prepared by Puzzle Israel.
Cost: $36 per person
Register at rodephsholom.org/vine-and-fig-tree-registration/
Poetry is an art form deeply valued by Israelis and Arabs. Through the lens of poetic literature, we will delve into love of nation, struggles with ongoing conflict, and hopes for peace. Led by Rabbi Sarah Reines, together we will explore works of modern Jewish Israeli, Arab-Israeli, Palestinian, and Palestinian-American poets, such as Israel’s unofficial poet laureate, Yehuda Amichai; one of Israel’s most popular living poets, Agi Mishol; Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish; Druze Israeli poet Salman Masalha; and Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Click here to register.
The annual Celebrate Israel Parade will be especially meaningful in this 70th anniversary year. This non-partisan parade focuses on celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of Israel and features over 40,000 marchers from many organizations and denominations. Congregation Rodeph Sholom and Rodeph Sholom School always have a large contingent proudly marching together, helping to represent Reform Judaism in the parade. It’s a festive and fun afternoon. For more information, contact email@example.com
6:00 pm Erev Shabbat service with Nava Tehila and celebration of Rabbi Benjamin Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe’s 10th anniversary at Rodeph Sholom
10:15 am Shabbat Morning Chapel Service led by Nava Tehila
6:00 pm Havdalah with Nava Tehila and the CRS Adult Ensemble
Israeli music sensation Nava Tehila will be artists-in-residence at Rodeph Sholom for our Spring Shabbaton. Nava Tehila (Hebrew for “beautiful praise”) creates music and innovative prayer experiences that are spiritually accessible, exciting, and beautiful. This is a rare opportunity to experience this ensemble’s music—celebratory and meditative—which weaves contemporary Israeli music with music from other Middle Eastern and Hasidic traditions.