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‘Why We Say What We Pray’ with Rabbi Peter Kasdan

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Free – $10

The Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat MIniversity of Judaism presents its 2024 lineup of diverse and dynamic speakers. An eclectic range of subjects have been selected to pique your interest and imagination. We invite you to savor a stimulating adult educational experience that highlights Jewish culture, values, history, and more.

Held on Wednesdays between December 6, 2023 – March 20, 2024 in the Fran Mann Memorial Library (also available on ZOOM), and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

To register, visit www.longboatkeytemple.org/miniversity, or contact the Temple office at (941) 383-3428.
FREE for members of Temple Beth Israel, $10 per person, per lecture for non-member guests. Open to the community.

Location: Temple Beth Israel – 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (2:30-4pm) and FEB. 21, 28; MARCH 6| 2-3:30PM
Rabbi Peter Kasdan – Why We Say What We Pray Jewish liturgy has both a “rhyme” and a “reason” – the individual prayers connected, one to the other, creating a siddur – an “order of service” – that has a unique “rhythm” which tells us not just what we are supposed to believe about God, not just what our obligations are to the community and to self, but also what day – and what time of day – it is that we are saying those prayers. This course in Jewish liturgy will explore the roots of the words, the themes of the individual prayers, the way they are placed into specific groupings and the reasoning behind it all. And, acknowledging the evolution of Jewish theology in this post- Holocaust world we live in, we will also discuss what many consider a “disconnect” between Jewish prayer and Jewish theology. While the ability to read Hebrew will be an advantage, the use of transliterations will allow even

Rabbi Peter Kasdan was the Founding Chair of the New Jersey Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (NJRCAR) and is a Past President of the New Jersey Association of Reform Rabbis. He currently serves on the Bioethics Committee of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital and on the Longboat Key Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees. He is the Rabbinic Advisor to both the Canavan Foundation and the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium, a member of the Rabbinic Advsory Bboard of YODEAH and is the current Chair of The Central Conference of American Rabbi’s Taskforce on Jewish Genetic Disease. He is a member of the Board of NAORRR and serves on its Program Committee. Here at Temple Beth Israel he serves as the Chair of our Speakers Committee. Rabbi Kasdan has received many awards in his rabbinate, but is most proud of his NFTY Life Membership Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the UAHC Fund For Reform Judaism, the CCAR’s 2007 Rabbi Samuel Cook Award for Lifetime Service in Youth Work and Temple Emanu-El’s 2001 Shofar Award for his life-long work in the area of Social Justice and Tikkun Olam.


February 21
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free – $10
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Temple Beth Israel
567 Bay Isles Road
Longboat Key, FL 34228
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