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Shavuot Services, Dinner & Program

Saturday, June 8, 2019 5 Sivan 5779

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM3330 Grove Ave.

This event marks the beginning of a new ongoing program, "Shalom Israel RVA,"  a  community space for sensitive and subtle Israel engagement and respectful, productive disagreement.   The goal is to expand the vast middle ground between unflinching advocacy and reflexive criticism, exploring Israel in all of its exciting complexity.

Come to any or all parts of the evening!

6:00pm    Erev Shavuot Services (Kiddush Room)
6:30pm    Dairy dinner $10 each, (Social Hall) RSVP below
7:30pm    Program (Kiddush Room)

Lecture by Special Guest and TBE member Shoshanna R. Schechter, M.A., Ed.D. 

Femininity, Purity, and the Sacred: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Women in Modern Israel/Palestine
In a land where three major world religions collide, believers see and feel the holy in almost every corner of every neighborhood. Many view the “Holy Land,” the "axis mundi," the place where heaven and earth meet, so those who visit or reside in the land may feel compelled to perform and practice specific rites, rituals, and observances in a more open and expressive manner. In this talk, Shoshanna Schechter will focus on the experiences of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women in Israel and the Palestinian Territories as they attempt to draw closer to the divine. 

Lecture is followed by audience Q&A 

Shoshanna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland, and her Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies (focusing on Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies) from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where she is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Jewish Education.
Shoshanna completed several years of rabbinical school, and is a prolific Jewish educator and writer, a regular contributor to the Times of Israel and the Forward. She began her career in education and development with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, focusing on leadership training for post-Holocaust and post-Communist Jewish communities. Shoshanna has served with a variety of Jewish agencies and institutions including Young Judaea, Camp Ramah, Hillel, Taglit-Birthright and JDC-Entwine. As an educator, Shoshanna has taught in the Departments of Religious Studies and Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Texas (El Paso). After serving as executive director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Shoshanna became the first Director of Jewish Campus Life for Randolph-Macon College in 2017. She is the proud mother of three future leaders of the Jewish people: Netanya, Elianna, and Kinneret.

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