Shabbat Hilicha/Shabbat Hiking at Red Mountain Park
Saturday, May 29 @ 10:30 - 12:00 PM
One Saturday per month, in lieu on an online Shabbat service, we will meet at a local hiking trail to spend Shabbat morning together. Led by Rabbi Wright and Cantor Wittner, we will spend one to two hours enjoying Shabbat in nature.
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Lunchtime Torah Study
Wednesday, June 2 @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM
This Torah study meets via Zoom and will cover that week’s Torah portion. All levels welcome.
Orientation & Training for Volunteers for Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership (ALIRP)
Wednesday, June 2 @ 5:30PM - 8:00 PM
The JCRC is spearheading a community wide initiative to support the work of ALIRP. Community members will be oriented and trained to qualify to volunteer as CARE Team and Committee members with the ALIRP. Dinner will be provided staring at 5:30 and training will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. The Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership, is a 501C-3 charitable organization based in Birmingham, Alabama, dedicated to supporting refugees and asylum-seekers locally and globally through direct assistance, education, and advocacy.
Contact Joyce with any questions you have!
Tirdof: Braving Discomfort to Move Towards Action with T Marie King (ALIRP)
Thursday, June 3 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
In our Tirdof series on Civil Rights Past and Present we’ve taken the time to learn about the history of civil rights in our community, as well as issues of contemporary racial justice. Now, it’s time ask, “what’s next?” Join us for this special workshop with local organizer T. Marie King, where participants will be empowered to reflect on their blindspots, acknowledge harms experienced by neighbors and identify pathways of action!
King is a trained Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation facilitator and experienced presenter and facilitator. This will be an interactive workshop, with space for sharing and learning together.
This series is part of the development of the Beth El Civil Rights Experience; a multimedia project exploring the intersections of Birmingham’s Jewish and Civil Rights histories, with an eye towards exploring the past and “building bridges” in the present and future. Learn more here.
Community Briefing with Israeli Deputy
Consul General to the Southeast Alex Gandler
Thursday, June 3 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join us to hear from Israeli Deputy Consul General to the Southeast Alex Gardner. The discussion will include updates on current events in Israel.
Inter-Everything Hike +
Picnic at Red Mountain Park
Sunday, June 6 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our third inter-everything group event; a family-friendly hike at Red Mountain Park! This is a chance to gather in community with other families and individuals who identify as interfaith/intercultural/interdenominational—inter-anything—while enjoying an outdoor activity at one of our city’s best greenspaces. We’ll meet at the entrance to the park at 10AM and end with a chance to picnic together. Along the way, we’ll even learn a little bit about the Park’s history as a former site of iron and ore mining! Bring a bagged lunch, if you’d like, and we’ll provide some additional snacks and goodies.
This program is part of Beth El’s new programming series especially for our inter-everything families. Why inter-everything? Because in conversations with our community it’s become clear that interfaith doesn’t cover it. Our community is interfaith, intercultural, inter-denominational and everything beyond and in between. Rather than get caught up on labels we’re looking for chances to connect, and if you and/or your family identify as inter-anything we want to connect with you! Get in touch with Margaret at email@example.com with questions or to share your programming ideas.
The Tikkun Middot Project
Tuesday, June 8 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Tikkun Middot Project is an innovative, national program to promote character development through mindful engagement with the Jewish Mussar tradition. Beth El is participating by building a small group that will meet to study, discuss, and practice character-forming techniques. Created by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, the purpose of the program is to bring positive communal change by helping individuals acknowledge and reduce negative behavioural patterns. The course will help you be more skillful at navigating challenging situations by building up your wisdom and compassion. Beginning November 17th, Rebbitzen Bethany will be leading a group through this program using a curriculum created by Rabbi David Jaffe. What Kind of Commitment Is This? Participants will meet once a month for two hours over the course of nine months. In between sessions, participants will check in with a chavruta (study partner) at least once, to study relevant material and check-in for approximately 30-45 minutes. During each unit participants will learn about an action and a focus phrase they can use to help them work on the character trait for that month. Registration is required and the group will close after the first session so that we can build intimacy as a group.
If you have questions about this program,
Ethiopian Culture in Conversation
Sunday, June 13 at 11:00 AM CT
Join our partnership cities, for a fun and interactive celebration of Ethiopian culture – on Sunday, June 13th 2021 at 11:00 AM CDT/7:00 PM Israeli time. This event will be held in English.
This event is jointly hosted by the Rosh Ha'ayin Partnership2Gether Steering Committee, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and the Birmingham Jewish Federation, in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel's Partnership2Gether program.
JCRC Lunch and Learn:
Demonstrating Support for Our LGBTQ Community- A Conversation with the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC)
Tuesday, June 15 at noon
The Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) provides safe, supportive and affirming space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) individuals in Birmingham and surrounding areas. As a project of Birmingham AIDS Outreach, MCAC is part of their mission to provide broader, more inclusive services to the LGBTQ community.
Virtual Flower Arranging with
Gen XYZ and Beth El Sisterhood
Tuesday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join Temple Beth El Sisterhood and Gen XYZ for a virtual flower arranging workshop with Wild Things Flowers and Curiosities; a woman-owned and operated floral shop in Homewood. Participants can register by calling Wild Things at 205 703 8821 and letting them know you would like to join. The morning of June 15th participants will be able to pick up their flowers at Temple Beth El, or Wild Things (located at 2815B 18th St S, Homewood, AL). We will then gather virtually and practice the art of flower arranging together, with the leadership of a skilled professional!
The cost is $40 to participate in the flower arranging and you can register anytime before noon on June 14th.
Zoom links will be sent out the morning of the program.
If you would like to participate without purchasing flowers, or have questions about this workshop, email Margaret Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org
YBIB Executive Chef Experience
Friday, June 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening of delicious food and drinks prepared by an executive chef at Back Forty Beer Company Birmingham. You don't want to miss this incredible experience. This is a YBIB event and is open to ages 21-35.
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House of Learning: Southern Jewish Foodways with Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris
Saturday, June 17 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Spoonbread, shnecken and sweet and sour Passover meatballs—these are just a few of the recipes you can find in Marcie Cohen Ferris’ seminal work on Southern Jewish foodways, Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South. Join Engagement and Collaboration Coordinator Margaret Norman and Dr. Cohen Ferris for a delicious conversation on Southern Jewish food and the stories and histories that food reveals.
In addition to Matzah Ball Gumbo, Dr. Cohen Ferris is author of The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region and co-editor of Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History, as well as Professor Emeritus of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Participants who register by 6/10 will receive a complimentary snack drop off! If you live more than five miles from Temple Beth El, we invite you to pick up your snacks. Visit the Temple Beth El calendar for registration information.
Financial Assistance Available
for Jewish Community Members
Thanks to a grant from the Greatest Needs Fund of the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s COVID Relief Campaign, Collat Jewish Family Services is offering financial assistance to Jewish community members who are facing financial insecurity because of job loss, caring for family or other issues. Confidential assistance is available to members of the Birmingham Jewish community who need help with rent or mortgage payments, utilities, prescription costs or other needs. To learn more, please email CJFS Clinical Director Marcy Morgenbesser LICSW, email@example.com or call 205.879.3438.