Scholar Sundays

A new Sunday morning discussion and learning series featuring special guests, with complimentary coffee and bagels. Check back for more details on guest speakers.

Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica.


Scholar Sundays will take place on the following dates, always at 10:30 am:

Sunday, January 29: Joel Abramovitz (Jewish Educator, Bend the Arc)

How do we activate our own sense of civic responsibility when our leaders, government, and society seem to be operating in a moral framework different from ours? This is question that the Jewish tradition wrestles with from Torah until today. We'll look at textual sources that present different perspectives on the roles of citizenship and dissent when we disagree with our leaders' decisions - and reflect on how this applies to us in 2017. 

Bend the Arc is building the power and passion of the progressive Jewish movement in America by bringing together Jews from across the country to advocate and organize for a more just and equal society. They are the only national Jewish organization that is focused solely on promoting these values here in the U.S.

Sunday, February 26: Rachel Binstock (Senior Farm Educator, Urban Adamah)

Shmita is most often described as shabbat for the earth, but it also provides ethics around loans, land ownership, resource sharing, and production. Come learn more about our ancient tradition's framework for land management, and explore how that informs a Jewish understanding of our relationships to the earth and each other. We will ask the question: what were shmita's implications then and how might be benefit from its wisdom today?  

Rachel Binstock is the Senior Farm Educator and JOFEE Fellow at Urban Adamah. She is a Chicago native and studied Environmental Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Since graduating she has been studied and taught Jewish-inspired earth-connection as a farmer, activist, and educator, most recently at Eden Village Camp in New York, where she worked as an educator and Assistant Farm Director. She loves bringing Jewish tradition to life through farm and forest. You can find her most often at the kids’ table, making pie or practicing Hebrew calligraphy.

Sunday, March 26: Rachel Brodie (Jewish Scholar, past Chief Jewish Officer of SFJCC) 

Is telling the truth an absolute value? Can lying ever be justified? If so, under what circumstances or with what caveats? Under what circumstances must we accept paternalism whether literally (a parent choosing to lie to a child) or figuratively (a government choosing to lie to its citizens)? Unfortunately, the topic of truth-telling is always relevant, but discussion has risen to new levels in recent months. Join Jewish adult educator Rachel Brodie in conversation about Jewish wisdom regarding this critical ethical issue. 


Sunday, April 23: There will be no Scholar Sundays on Sunday, April 23

Sunday, May 21: There will be no Scholar Sundays on Sunday, May 21

Sunday, June 25: There will be no Scholar Sundays on Sunday, June 25

For more information, please contact Adult and Community Program Manager, Rachel Whittom at 510-848-0237 x142 or