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Register for Winter Classes Torn Paper Prayers (in 2 locations) Thursday, January 8, 2015 9:30 a.m. Crema Cafe 2458 Mount Vernon Road Dunwoody Explore how Psalms (biblical poems) can help us express our hopes and desires for the year ahead.  We'll create visual representations of our personal prayers for 2015 using paper and pastels....

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American Guild of Judaic Art New Vision. New Website. New Year. This new “virtual” home for the Guild was created by dedicated  members from all over the country with different talents and skills, who worked diligently to make the site easy to use, informative and—most importantly—the best venue to display AGJA members’ art.  I stand...

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Neshama Interfaith Center Marian Monahan, a founder of the Neshama Interfaith Center, speaks in the voice of a prophet. She preached these words on Mother's Day at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, and has graciously allowed me to share them here: Those of you who know me are aware that I'm quite involved in the interfaith...

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Encountering Angels: Reading Genesis with my Children In this book, my children and I blend traditional Jewish learning and personal experience in our commentary on Genesis, making it unlike any other book written about the biblical text and rabbinic literature related to Genesis.  Like most books of biblical commentary written by rabbis, it examines the text through the...

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Pamela Jay Gottfried is an ordained rabbi, teacher, mother, and self-described wordie. An inveterate Scrabble player and New York Times Crossword Puzzle fanatic, she credits her love of words to her third grade teacher and her parents, who encouraged her to develop her vocabulary through reading and using the dictionary...

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Book Giveaway: The Fool Returns

I could telthe fool returnsl you the story of how I met Tom Block—author whose eclectic body of work defies classification, playwright and visual artist—but I would rather tell you about his latest book and first novel, The Fool Returns. Like the story of how we met, this story winds its way across continents and collects an unusual cast of characters in its path. Bill, the book’s hero, travels through time, as well, in a quest to discover his family’s connection to a centuries-old mystery. Tom’s creativity bursts through on every page, in his detailed descriptions of people and places that Bill encounters as he approaches his final destination. You will want to follow Bill’s every step along the journey; that’s all I will tell you about the book, because I do not want to risk divulging any secrets.

My Hanukkah gift to you, readers and lovers of compelling stories, is a chance to win a copy of The Fool Returns, shipped to you next week. It’s easy: just click on the link below, enter your name and email on the form, and I’ll draw a name from my Hanukkah “grab bag” on Monday morning.

 Enter the Hanukkah Giveaway to win a copy of The Fool Returns, by Tom Block.

Order additional copies of The Fool Returns (available from Amazon): it’s a great gift!

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Why I Turned off the Television

eyesDid you watch the video of Eric Garner’s death? Do you want to know why wish I hadn’t?

Visit the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning.com to join the conversation and to read words of wisdom posted by my RWB colleagues.

Do My Eyes Deceive Me? I prefer to get my news by listening to public radio….Because I’m sensitive, I try to avoid graphic pictures and videos on television and social media; when I do see a disturbing image, it tends to get stuck in my mind. Read more →

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Register for Winter Classes

Torn Paper Prayers
(in 2 locations)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

9:30 a.m.

Crema Cafe

2458 Mount Vernon Road Dunwoody

Explore how Psalms (biblical poems) can help us express our hopes and desires for the year ahead.  We’ll create visual representations of our personal prayers for 2015 using paper and pastels. All materials provided; no previous art or prayer experience is required.  Space is limited to 10 participants.

Register for 2-hour Torn Paper Prayers Workshop (Dunwoody): $30

Register with a Friend (10% discount): $54

Torn Paper Prayers

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Bianco

1585 Holcomb Bridge Road

Roswell

Register for 2-hour Torn Paper Prayers Workshop (Roswell): $30

Register with a Friend (10% discount): $54

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hamsaMoonlight & Mazel

How to Create Good Luck

Tuesday, January 20th
7:00 p.m.

Crema Cafe

2458 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody

Celebrate the new moon (new month in lunar cycle), learn about symbols of luck in Jewish tradition, and create a good luck charm using polymer clay. Materials provided; no previous art experience is required. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Register for 2-hour Moonlight & Mazel Celebration: $30

Register with a Friend (10% discount): $54

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prayer beads by vicki web sizePrayer Beads in Three Faiths

Thursday, February 5, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The Atlantic Institute

591 N Main Street, Alpharetta

Meet Cathy Crosby of the Neshama Interfaith Center, Addie Schneider of Temple Kol Emeth & our friends at The Atlantic Institute for informal conversations about the use of prayer beads in Christianity, Islam & Judaism. Bring your own prayer beads or Jewish prayer shawl (talit) and share your personal customs during round-table discussions. Then we’ll make our own beads using polymer clay. Materials & refreshments provided; no previous art experience required.  Please register before January 31st to reserve your space.

Register for Prayer Bead Workshop: $25

Register with a Friend (20% discount): $40

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