Upcoming Events

Join us for our programs around the U.S. and Israel.  If you don't see an event in your city and would like to make one happen, contact Aaron at    
a a r o n @ b y f i . o r g

Check out some of the recent past events our community sponsored.

Dinner + Lecture: The Search for God in Israeli Poetry

Venue: 
190 Amsterdam Ave
New York , NY
United States
New York US
Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 -
18:30 to 21:30
Description: 
Bird Tracks in the Sand: The Search for God in Contemporary Israeli Poetry This is the first of a three-part lecture series in partnership with Mechon Hadar. Dinner will be offered to Bronfman alumni upon RSVP. Please sign-up for the lecture here: https://www.tfaforms.com/440608 And reserve a spot for dinner here: to ava.charne@byfi.org. "Rabbi Shai Held in Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Cohen-Anisfeld" Thursday, November 17 from 7:30pm-9:00pm Many self-identified "secular" writers wrestle deeply in their poetry with their relationship to Jewishness, to the legacy of the Bible and rabbinic texts, and to the personal search for God. It has long been considered a truism that Israeli society is deeply divided between "hilonim" and "dati'im" -- secular and religious Jews. Unlike the North American Jewish community, where there are countless options for communal affiliation and personal practice and belief, the religious landscape in Israel has been seen as largely black-and-white, with little room for "shades of gray". While the secular-religious divide persists -- often with a good deal of mutual hostility -- in many aspects of Israeli social and political life a more nuanced picture can be seen in the writing of contemporary Israeli poets over the last several decades. Through a close reading of selected poems, we will explore the religious struggles of these secular writers and consider how they might speak to our own experiences of faith and doubt in the post-modern era. Rabbi Sharon Cohen-Anisfeld is Dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College. A beloved teacher and mentor to young adults, Rabbi Cohen-Anisfeld spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities; she has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993.

Lecture and Dinner with Shai Held

Venue: 
190 Amsterdam Ave
New York , NY
United States
New York US
Date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 -
18:30 to 21:30
Description: 
Faith and Doubt, Belief and Unbelief, and the Modern World: Shai Held in Conversation w/ Michael Ruse Michael Ruse is a renowned philosopher of science, a noted Darwin scholar, and a committed atheist. He is also an impassioned critic of Richard Dawkins and the New Atheism, and has written extensively on the relationship between religion and science. Currently Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, he is the author of Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know; Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?, and The Evolution-Creation Struggle. This is the first of a three-part lecture series in partnership with Mechon Hadar. Dinner will be offered to Bronfman alumni upon RSVP. Please sign-up for the lecture here: https://www.tfaforms.com/440608 And reserve a spot for dinner here: to ava.charne@byfi.org.

Celebrate Female Rabbis

Venue: 
Boston , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
Date: 
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 20:00
Description: 
Celebrate female rabbis with the Jewish Women's Archive, Hebrew College, and the Bronfman Fellowships. RSVP: ava.charne@byfi.org

AAB Annual Meeting

Date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2016 -
09:00 to 16:00
Description: 
Our AAB meeting will be in New York City (location tbd) on Sunday, November 13, from 9:00-4:00.

Collegiate Weekend

Date: 
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 16:15 to Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 17:00
Description: 
November 11-12 At Columbia/Barnard in New York, NY

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