Congregation B'nai Israel

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Ask the Rabbis Shabbat Dinner

March 1, 2019 - 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service
7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner
8:15 p.m. Ask the Rabbis

Do you have questions that you always wanted to ask three “generations” of our rabbis but never had a chance… Well then, this event is for you.  No censoring of questions – with Rabbis Sher, Prosnit, and Schultz.

 “Ask the Rabbi” Shabbat Dinner Evening Set for Friday, March 1, 2019

  • How do you think B’nai Israel might change ten years from now?
  • Where were you and when at the moment you decided you wanted to be a rabbi?
  • In 2019, what’s the reason modern Jews are still asked by rabbis to consider participating in ancient ceremonies like bris or mikvah visits?
  • What’s been your most embarrassing moment as a rabbi?

Questions like these could possibly be included in the uninhibited dialogue planned for Friday evening March 1 when three beloved Congregation B’nai Israel rabbis will sit on a panel and take questions from the audience after a Shabbat dinner with congregants.

The panel discussion event, to be moderated by B’nai Israel congregant Jeff Ackerman, is planned as the kickoff to a series of activities unfolding in Spring 2019 that collectively will serve as a tribute to Rabbi James Prosnit who will retire the end of June after 29 years.

Participating on the panel will be Rabbi Arnold Sher, B’nai Israel’s rabbi from 1968 to 1990, Rabbi Prosnit and Rabbi Evan Schultz who becomes spiritual leader of the congregation July 1, 2019.

The Shabbat dinner will commence following conclusion of 6 pm services. The cost is $20 per person and reservations by clicking here or contacting Chris in the temple office. RSVPs for dinner are due by Monday, February 25. The panel discussion part of the evening is scheduled to start at 8:15 pm.

 The “Ask the Rabbi” evening is being organized by Mindy Siegel and Luise Mann Burger, co-chairpersons for the overall tribute program.

“The panel represents three generations of rabbis at B’nai Israel, each with his own point of view, and it promises to be a thought provoking discussion,” said Ms. Siegel.

“We’re hoping congregants see an evening of prayer, discussion and community as a wonderful way to honor Rabbi Prosnit,” said Ms. Burger.

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