A Shabbat experience for our very youngest members, we sit on the floor, sing songs, play games and dance our way into the weekend. With blessings to share and good food to enjoy, this is one fantastic way to connect to community. Parents, grandparents and community members are invited to the short service at 6:00 p.m. However, we do ask that you make reservations if you plan to join us for the Shabbat dinner.
You’ve known us as the best pastrami sandwich in Oklahoma. But join us as we celebrate our one-year anniversary for the debut of a new menu item. We think our corned beef is pretty fantastic and we hope you do too. Of course, the pastrami isn’t going anywhere. Make a choice and dig in. You won’t want to miss this debut event. Visit tusladeli.org, us the module below, or call the Synagogue office to make your reservation today.
In early January, twenty-two friends from three different faith communities in Oklahoma traveled to Israel for an intentionally interfaith experience. On Sunday, February 26 at 7:15 p.m. Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders from Tulsa and Oklahoma City will share reflections and stories in a panel conversation moderated by Rabbi Kaiman who was also a participant on the trip. Make it a full evening and join us for dinner at the Seventeenth Street Deli beforehand. No reservations are required for Salon Emunah. The trip was sponsored by the Religions United Committee of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, with a gift from the Zarrow Foundation.
Kosher USA follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans); the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing; and the difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus. By exploring the complex encounter between ancient religious principles and modern industrial methods, Kosher USA adds a significant chapter to the story of Judaism's interaction with non-Jewish cultures and the history of modern Jewish American life as well as American foodways. In partnership with the University of Tulsa's Oklahoma Center for the Humanities and Booksmart Tulsa, Dr. Roger Horowitz visits the synagogue for a delightful presentation. The program is free and open to the public.
Conversation and community are essential qualities of a vibrant Shabbat dinner table. For this edition of Table Talks we welcome noted author Rachel Hall who will present selected readings from Heirlooms, a collection of short stories which follows a family before, during and after the Holocaust. Dinner is $14 for adults and reservations can be made by calling the Synagogue office or using the module below. Copies of the Heirlooms are available for purchase through the Synagogue office. If you would like your copy signed, please signal your preference upon purchase and it will be available for pickup at the event.
Tulsa Jewish Millennials band together for an evening of fun and celebration. Purim is all about not knowing up from down, in from out and your neighbor from your friend. Channel your inner Queen Esther as you work together in teams to solve clues and puzzles at Escape the Room. Costumes highly encouraged. Can’t make it for the Escape? Meet us for drinks following the event. To reserve your spot on the team or get the address for the post escape drinks, contact Sara Levitt or call the Synagogue office. Escape room registration is $10 per person.
Dust off your groggers, pull on your costumes, it’s time for Purim! Join us for a participatory English reading of the story of Esther. Followed by the legendary Shushan-a-Rama, a Purim carnival for kids young and old. Entertainers, dancing, balloon artists, jugglers and face-painting abound as we celebrate with treats, more hamantaschen, popcorn, cotton candy and so much more! We kick things off at 9:00 a.m. with a delicious communal breakfast. Call the Synagogue by March 8 or use the link below to make meal reservations. The cost is just $12 for adults and complimentary for kids 12 years of age and under. The service and carnival, beginning at 9:45 a.m., are free of charge. Coming in costume? So much the better.
Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, and as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Ayelet Waldman has produced a book that is eye-opening, often hilarious, and utterly enthralling. She visits the Synagogue in partnership with Booksmart Tulsa and Magic City Books to offer a reading and discuss her most recent work “A Really Good Day.” Waldman resides in Berkley, California with her husband, noted author, Michael Chabon.
In an era of rapid climate change, Tu Be-Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day), forces us to reflect on our responsibility to sustain and defend the planet. Not to put a too fine a point on it, it's the only one we've got. We will take a closer look at these issues at a special interfaith seder dinner on the evening of Sunday, February 12. Folk and liturgical music, reading and prayers from many different religious traditions and a new photographic portfolio of Tulsa landscapes by artist Karen Kantor will highlight the evening. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will feature a holiday feast catered by James Shrader, chef and owner of The Palace Cafe. Call the Synagogue office or use the module below to secure your place. The cost for adults is $27 per person.
Love to dance? Love to sing? Love spending time with friends and family? Then Shabbat for Everyone is the place for you! Our monthly, kid-friendly Shabbat experience begins with a delicious dinner, so you can just relax and enjoy. We then move into the sounds and movements of a joyous Friday night celebration. Your feet will be stomping as the music carries us forward into the night. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. But please call our office or use the module below by Wednesday, Feb. 8, to make dinner reservations.
A new opportunity for learning and community, ELEVEN is a Shabbat meal animated by big ideas and important conversations. This month’s topic, “Why Grow Up?”, challenges our ideas about coming of age rituals and will be led by Rabbi Kaiman. An alternative track for current B’nai Mitzvah families will be led by Sara Levitt. Those wishing to partake in the meal are asked to make reservations by calling the Synagogue office or using the module below. The meal is $10 per person.
What makes a moment special? Daily prayer and blessings provide an important framework for some to connect with their Jewish identities, values and experiences. In this month's Basic Judaism workshop, we will take a look at habits, rituals and tools of daily prayer. For questions or more information contact Rabbi Kaiman through the Synagogue office.
We note with pride the upcoming bar mitzvah of Eli Anderson, son of Amy Anderson and Doug Anderson. The mincha and havdallah services will begin at 5:00 p.m. As always, everyone in the congregation is invited to attend this public celebration. Here’s to joyous occasions for us all!
With an evolving domestic and international political landscape how are we to understand Russia’s role? A leading scholar on Russian foreign policy, Dr. Bob Donaldson has some thoughts to add to our conversation. Join us for an engaging lecture at 7:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A. Make it a full evening and join us for dinner at the Seventeenth Street Deli beforehand. No reservations are required for Salon Emunah.
More than just good food, a deli is a place for community and culture. As noted LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold says, more important than the house of worship you attend or where you had your bar mitzvah, what defines a Jewish family is the deli it frequents. Make your reservations for by visiting www.tulsadeli.org, calling the Synagogue office or using the module below.
Very young children and their parents are invited to join us for another soft and cuddly Shabbat experience. Parachutes, rattles and toys sit at the center of our circle while parents and kids share in the blessings of peaceful Shabbat. A delicious, kid-friendly Shabbat dinner accompanies this program. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. Please call or use the module below by Thursday, Jan. 19, to reserve your spot on the floor.
A delegation from the Synagogue will march in this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Standing shoulder to shoulder with brothers and sisters across Tulsa, this is an important public event for our entire community. All encouraged to attend. If you would like to take part in the Synagogue's delegation, contact Rabbi Kaiman through the Synagogue office and plan to meet in the parking lot of Spaghetti Warehouse by 10:30 a.m.
Joanne Caras is an acclaimed author of two Holocaust survivors cookbooks. Joanne visits Tulsa to share the incredible story of her journey to collect stories and recipes from survivors around the world. Copies of her second cookbook, Miracles and Meals, will be available to sale. This book continues Joanne’s effort to raise funds for a restaurant/soup kitchen in Jerusalem, which serves approximately 500 hungry people every day.
A morning of celebration and community, Sisterhood Shabbat brings together women of the congregation in a weekend-long experience. Chaired by Dr. Jan Finer, this year's program will feature noted cookbook author, Joanne Caras. Services led by members of Sisterhood begin at 9:00 a.m. All are invited to a luncheon at the conclusion of the morning.
A gathering point for community and celebration, this monthly event is a welcoming space for families, friends, and newcomers alike. It all starts with an optional communal Shabbat meal at 6:15 p.m. We make dinner easy by taking care of the cooking and cleaning. All you’ve got to do is enjoy. From there we move to a musical celebration led by the voices and instruments of Klay Kodesh, the Synagogue’s musical ensemble. Sitting in this month will be noted Jewish musician and newest Tulsan, Eric Hunker! Reservations for dinner can be made by using the module below or the Synagogue office. No reservation is necessary for the 7:00 p.m. service.
Two great volunteer efforts animate the December season at The Synagogue. Cookiebake 2016 trays and delivers home-baked sweet treats to hospital waiting rooms, police and fire stations, Ronald McDonald house an any other essential services that are open on Christmas eve and day. 24 for 24 is a project that cooks and delivers 24 Christmas dinners to 24 families in hospice care for the holiday. The essential date to keep in mind is Friday, December 23. Now is the time to bake and freeze cookies to be dropped off at the Synagogue on that day. If you'd like to sign up for a shift cooking in the kitchen in the days leading up to December 23, email Rabbi Kaiman. If you'd like to participate by delivering either a meal, a tray of cookies or both on delivery day, send Valerie Henderson a note. Our thanks to Terry Marcum for heading up our Cookiebake efforts and Chef Ben West for guiding us through 24 for 24.
Neighbors, friends and community members from across the spectrum of religious, civic and social communities in Tulsa join together in a response to the darkest days of the calendar year at our WinterLight Festival. Mulled apple cider, tasty jelly donuts, hot chocolate and s'mores will warm you from the inside out. Swirls of joyous circle dancing and songs appropriate for the season will ensure that folks of all ages have a blast as we celebrate diversity and the blessings of a multicultural Tulsa. The evening will culminate with your participation in the creation of a gigantic circle of sparklers. We will demonstrate to ourselves and our city that when we kindle light together we create something spectacular. This party is free and open to the public with a special hope that our friends from Maple Ridge, Swan Lake and our surrounding neighborhoods will take part. The festival begins at 7:00 p.m. The Synagogue is located at the corner of 17th and Peoria.
The name says it all. Shabbat for Everyone is a space for all. Connect with friends and family as we come together for a moment of reflection and renewal. This monthly program begins with an optional Shabbat dinner at 6:00 p.m. Big communal tables promote real conversations with those around you. At 7:00 p.m. we gather for a musical service led by Klay Kodesh, the Synagogue's musical ensemble. With dancing, singing, stories and toys the fun just doesn't stop. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. But please call or use the module below by Wednesday, December 14, to guarantee your place at the dinner table.
Very young children and their parents are invited to join us for another soft and cuddly Shabbat experience. Parachutes, rattles and toys sit at the center of our circle while parents and kids share in the blessings of peaceful Shabbat. A delicious, kid-friendly Shabbat dinner accompanies this program. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. Please call or use the module below by Thursday, Dec. 8, to reserve your spot on the floor.
Potatoes and oil make for a magical combination that delights tastebuds and recalls all the ethnic longing of a heritage that takes food seriously. In this workshop we will chop, grate and slice our way to fried perfection. In doing so, we'll learn about Channukah food traditions and the meaning of Jewish food. In order to ensure we have enough materials on hand, we do ask that you RSVP for this event by calling the Synagogue office or using the module below. Happy frying!
We note with pride the upcoming bar mitzvah of Jordan Kupetsky, son of Adam Kupetsky and Michelle Cantrell. The Mincha and Havdallah services will begin at 4:30 p.m. As always, everyone in the congregation is invited to attend this public celebration. Here’s to joyous occasions for us all!
The penultimate event in our Centennial Celebration Year is the debut of a song cycle by Noam Faingold in honor of our anniversary celebration. Noam has taken texts closely associated with the Synagogue and set them to music for the purpose of communal singing. Noam is set to debut these songs on the evening of November 20, at 7:30 p.m. Please join us in Goodall-Davis Chapel on that evening to hear Noam speak about his work and hear the results. There is no charge for this event and all are welcome.
We're back! Authentic Jewish delicatessen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. House-cured pastrami, fresh baked rye bread, half sour pickles—the only thing missing is the Formica counter-top. You’re hungry for this and we’re ready to feed you. For just $25 a person, fulfill the nostalgic longing of the Jewish people over a deli dinner. Bring friends, bring neighbors, bring appetites! Visit tulsadeli.org or use the module below to reserve your spot today.
Operation Understanding brings together middle school and high school students to afford them an opportunity to learn about some of the different religions in Tulsa. As the group visits the houses of worship, they learn how diverse faith communities operate. In its 34th year, this experience helps students understand, appreciate and respect differences in religion. This year the tour will visit Masjid Al-Salam, All Souls Unitarian Church and Congregation B’nai Emunah. Please contact Sara Levitt for more information and to arrange participation.
It’s not just for you. It’s not just for me. It’s Shabbat for Everyone at CBE! Our monthly, kid-friendly Shabbat experience begins with a delicious dinner prepared by us, so you can just relax and enjoy. We then move into the sounds and movements of a joyous Friday night celebration. Your feet will be stomping as the music carries us forward into the night. Top it all off with a delightful story and you’ve got yourself one can’t-miss evening. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. But please call or use the module below by Wednesday, November 16, to guarantee your place at the dinner table. Special addition: the babynaming of Fiona Finan, daughter of Loren Berlin and John Finan.
Losing a loved one is never easy. Grief and pain give way to a spectrum of emotions and experiences. As we confront this reality, our tradition outlines a framework of behaviors and ideas to structure our actions in moments of chaos. At this month’s workshop on practical Jewish living we explore what Judaism has to say about the mourning process. For more information contact Rabbi Kaiman in the Synagogue Office.
We note with pride the upcoming bat mitzvah of Julia Butkin, daughter of Robert and Nina Butkin. The Mincha and Havdallah services will begin at 4:15 p.m. As always, everyone in the congregation is invited to attend this public celebration. Here’s to joyous occasions for us all!
A community-wide effort to foster continuing education, the Adult Institute of Jewish Studies provides high quality instructors teaching a variety of courses each year. This year’s fall semester begins on Monday, November 7 and will continue each Monday for six weeks. To register or for more information visit the jewishtulsa.org or contact Mindy Prescott at the JCC by calling (918) 495-1111.
The Synagogue Sisterhood honors established members and welcomes newcomers each year this annual membership event. This year Ken Busby, Executive Director/CEO of the Route 66 Alliance will speak about revitalization efforts including plans for a new museum. Sara Levitt, the Synagogue’s new Director of Jewish Life and Learning, will be present to share in special words of welcome. The event is free to Sisterhood members who may join with a $36 dues contribution. For further information or to RSVP, contact Rebecca Plunkett at (918) 899-4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very young children and their parents are invited to join us for another soft and cuddly Shabbat experience. Parachutes, rattles and toys sit at the center of our circle while parents and kids share in the blessings of peaceful Shabbat. A delicious, kid-friendly Shabbat dinner accompanies this program. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. Please call or use the module below by Thursday, Nov. 3, to reserve your spot on the floor.
Join us for the traditional finale to B’nai Emunah’s holiday celebrations, as members and friends gather following services for the annual Simchat Torah Luncheon. Lunch is complimentary; reservations are not necessary. Weather permitting, we will eat for the last time in the sukkah. Simchat Torah services begin at 9:00 a.m. Our thanks to the Zarrow Families for underwriting this final luncheon of the holiday season.