We Built This House

with our hands and with our hearts
as a house for all: to worship, to rejoice,
to heal, to learn, to savor the great
gift of Torah.

November 4, 2014, 8:00 am

Rabbi Goldenberg and Revered Kathy Peters will lead us as we: • Explore our roots in the Land of Israel as Jews and Christians • Visit religious sites of both faiths in the City of Jerusalem, and in the Galilee, including the Western Wall and the tunnels beneath, the Via Dolorosa, Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee, and the ancient Talmudic city of Tzippori • Tour East Jerusalem and the Separation Barrier with Ir Amim, an Israeli organization that educates re: issues of Palestinian-Israeli peace and human rights • Take the cable car up Masada and float in the Dead Sea • Experience modern-day Israeli culture in Tel Aviv • Learn from experts about current events and Arab-Israeli co-existence efforts • Celebrate the Jewish Shabbat and the Christian Sabbath • Participate in an archaeological dig • Deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other as fellow people of faith Estimated Costs (subject to change)Land cost: $3000 per person (includes 10 nights in double room 4‐star hotel,breakfast plus one other meal per day, tour guide and bus transportation.(Single Supplement: additional fee of $755 Triple Occupancy: discount of $150 for sharing a Triple)Flight:just under $1200 per person
November 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

Settlements in the West Bank have been the subject of fierce debate in Israel and around the world. What public officials say often misses the human consequences of this state of affairs. But these consequences become obvious and compelling in the novel The Hilltop, by the Israeli author Assaf Gavron. Gavron will speak about the West Bank and read from his highly praised book at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 6th, in a free program open to the public at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.
November 16, 2014, 9:30 am

Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, will read from and discuss his new book, “Beyond the University: Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters,” on Sunday, November 16th at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek. Roth argues that Roth argues that teacching the “practical” turns out graduates trained for “yesterday’s jobs” who have not learned the intellectual rigor and flexibility needed to adjust to whatever the future may bring. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.
December 7, 2014, 9:30 am

Dorie Greenspan talks about her newest book, “Baking Chez Moi,” on Sunday, December 7th at 9:30 a.m. in a free program, open to the public, at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek. Called "a culinary guru” by The New York Times, Dorie Greenspan is the award-winning author of nine cookbooks, a special correspondent for Bon Appetit magazine and a frequent guest on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Splendid Table.