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    Return: Can Yom Kippur be God-Optional?

    A circle of song and conversation with Rabbi Dan Ain and Tova Birnbaum

    When: Sunday, 9/12/2021 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Where: Arrillaga Family Pavilion (Bldg C) 2nd Floor

    The event will be held outdoors to ensure the safety of participants



    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCEnding a year of pandemic, beginning a new year with a lot of uncertainty and longing for a better year seeks convergence, reconnection and inspiration. Between the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will sing, meditate, learn and unpack some big questions in a safe, warm space.

    The event will be lead by Rabbi Dan Ain and Tova Birnbaum.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCRabbi Ain is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. For ten years, after his ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Ain served as the rabbi at the New Shul in New York City and was Director of Tradition and Innovation at the New York City 92nd Street Y. He has hosted Friday night dinners with comedians and cosmologists, klezmer brunches with composers and analysts, and conversations with friends looking for ways to talk about God on their own terms. Rabbi Ain co-founded and served as the spiritual leader for the Brooklyn-based organization Because Jewish which creates opportunities for religious perspectives to be in genuine dialogue with artists, musicians and our everyday lives.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCTova Birnbaum is the Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo. She was born in B'nai B'rak in an ultra-Orthodox home and was one of the founders of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. Tova had recently served as the Central Shlicha (emissary), Director of the North America Region of the World Zionist Organization. She is a teacher of Talmudic Rabbinic Literature, a Judaic studies lecturer and a Theater Midrash workshop facilitator. Tova is an actress and a Jewish performance artist. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master's degree in theater from Tel Aviv University. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter.

    This program is offered through a partnership between the Oshman Family JCC and BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, an Israeli nonprofit that combines Jewish learning, social action, and community building. BINA's international programs include opportunities to live, study, explore, teach and volunteer in Israel. To sign up for updates directly from BINA, click here.


    Sunday, September 12
    4:30–6:00 PM
    Arrillaga Family Pavilion (Bldg C) 2nd Floor
    The event will be held outdoors to ensure the safety of participants
    $8
    Contact: Tova Birnbaum | [email protected]


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