Welcome to
Beth Israel
Congregation
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 665 - 9897

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 17, 2019
  • Learner's Shabbat
    August 17, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Rav Nadav will be leading alternative Saturday morning service experiences in our beautiful new M&M Chapel from 9:30 to 10:30 am, at which time we'll move upstairs to join the main service. Halakhically these will fall under the rubric…

  • Judaism and Buddhism
    August 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Follow through Rav Nadav's explorations of Jewish texts, often Kabbalistic, through the lens of classical Buddhist philosophy. How does the Buddhist notion of "non-attachment" help us to understand Rabbinic interpretations of the Garden of Eden along with Aviva Zurnberg's…

August 23, 2019
August 24, 2019
  • Tot Shabbat
    August 24, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Tot Shabbat is our special Shabbat morning program for preschoolers and their parents with songs, stories, prayers, and the Shabbat "Mystery Box" Tot Shabbat meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month downstairs in room 15. This program…

SPOTLIGHT

Learner’s Shabbat
Saturday, August 17
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Rav Nadav will be leading alternative Saturday morning service experiences in our beautiful new M&M Chapel from 9:30 to 10:30 am, at which time we’ll move upstairs to join the main service. Halakhically these will fall under the rubric of “Learner’s Services” during which one may focus on learning and deepening our experience of the prayers rather than reciting them comprehensively. Often we’ll be spending this time focusing on a single prayer: learning the meanings of the prayer and practicing it. Sometimes we’ll be playful in our deepening our davening through meditation or healing. We hope you will join us in the spirit of experimentation and learning as we gather in the chapel.

Judaism and Buddhism
Saturday, August 17 and 24
Saturday, September 7 and 21
12:30 p.m.

Follow through Rav Nadav’s explorations of Jewish texts, often Kabbalistic, through the lens of classical Buddhist philosophy. How does the Buddhist notion of “non-attachment” help us to understand Rabbinic interpretations of the Garden of Eden along with Aviva Zurnberg’s existential explanation of the Rashi? How does the Buddhist concept of “suffering” illuminate the Priestly Blessing? How is the distinction between “being” and “having” crucial for understanding the Kabbalistic interpretation of the Burning Bush? The focus of this course is not narrative (personal journey), but philosophical. Are there truths about human existence and perception that we can mine? Can the Kabbalistic focus on Moses’ “enlightenment” at the Burning Bush change the way we think of the Torah itself? Can our understanding of our own practice deepen as we compare the definitions of the words “nirvana” and “Shabbat?” Please join Rav Nadav for this journey of exploration after Shabbat services on August 17, August 24, September 7, and September 21. Help yourself to kiddush lunch and bring your plate to the small social hall.

BIC Garden Work Party
Sunday, August 25
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Beth Israel garden group will be meeting at 10 am at County Farm Park on Sunday morning to continue to attend to our plants and harvest. To date we have donate approximately 50 pounds of produce to Food Gatherers including lettuce, cucumbers and chard. Any questions contact Michael Simon or Diane Wilson.

SERVICE TIMES*

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Fridays at 6:00 p.m.

Shabbat Services
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

MINYAN TIMES

Sunday – Thursday
7:30 p.m.

*service and minyan times are as listed above unless otherwise specified on the calendar

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Celebrating Our Stories:
Jewish Life in Ann Arbor

Created in conjunction with the 2016 centennial celebration of Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this website highlights the history of Beth Israel and the greater Ann Arbor Jewish community. Using the stories we tell as a focus, the website presents audio recordings, photographs, and text that reflects our past, present, and future. Click here to go to the website.

Forms Now Online

PDF versions of our membership forms, High Holiday forms, and school registration can be found here.