“Travel to the Land of Israel, and Don’t Forget Your Baggage”: Scholar-in-Residence 2016 Featuring Uri Feinberg
“My Heart Is In the East: Finding Oneself in the Land of Israel, Wherever You May Be”
Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (during Kabbalat Shabbat Worship)
Lech Lecha marks a major transition in the story of the Jewish people. The ultimate journey will bring Abram and Sarai to the forefront of a new beginning, a new land, and a new identity. What about our identity, our journey? Does the land even play a part? Should it? (After worship, please join us for our Shabbat 360 Dinner — a progressive dinner — at 7:30 p.m.; RSVPs required by Nov. 4 to Lia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.441.5760.)
“Finding Strength in the Strangest of Places”
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, during Tefilah & Torah (we will begin our worship at 8:30 a.m. and directly continue with study and discussion at 9:15 a.m.)
Arrival and exile, ideal versus real, live there or just visiting? Why is Israel so significant a destination? How do we relate to the ebb and flow of the Jewish people to and from the land? We will utilize the weekly portion, its prophetic partner and modern texts to explore whether or not we want this physical or spiritual home to begin with.
“Will You Hear My Voice? Moments in Israel’s History, and the Music That Defined Them”
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Sometimes, all we want is to be heard. Sometimes, what we need is to listen. What was being said — and sung — as Israel matured as a state? Why was it being said and what does that say about who Israel has become?
“Reaching the Promised Land, It’s Complicated: Current Realities Facing Israel Internally and Externally”
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m., at our special brunch
Politics and peace, security and society, borders and barriers are but some of the titles that form the mosaic that is the State of Israel. There is much to contest and to challenge. There is also much to be proud of. What exactly is going on in Israel and around it and why do we care? RSVP for brunch to Donna at email@example.com or 847.441.5760.
Uri Feinberg has been a Jewish educator for more than 20 years. Born in the U.S., Uri immigrated to Israel when he was 10, grew up in Jerusalem, served in the IDF, and traveled the world. Uri has a master’s degree from the Hebrew University in Contemporary Jewish Studies, and was a Jewish history teacher for North Americans in semester programs in Israel for many years.
Uri spent three years in the U.S. with his wife and three daughters and served as the Director of Education of Temple Israel of Boston. A licensed guide since 2000, Uri has worked as a tour educator for a wide range of groups including synagogues, Federations, interfaith groups, and more. He has guided Jewish heritage trips throughout Europe and has lectured on Israel and Jewish identity across North America.
Uri and his family live in Modiin, and are active members of their Reform congregation, Yozma. Uri’s experience has been driven by a clear desire to share the power of the Land and State of Israel, to strengthen Jewish identity and a connection with the Jewish People. With his unique perspective, Uri recognizes that this process includes building bridges and having the ability to inspire and to be inspired.