As a special demonstration of solidarity, a delegation led by Rabbis Fitzerman and Kaiman from the Synagogue will be attending the 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning services at Metropolitan Baptist Church on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. We will meet in the Synagogue parking lot at 8:15 a.m. so that we can carpool together as a show of communal strength. Please e-mail Rabbi Kaiman if you plan to participate or if you have any questions. In honor of Tu Be-Shevat, we’ll mark our visit by planting a tree of friendship on the grounds of the church immediately following the service.
The Synagogue is once again proud to serve as a community sponsor for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. A delegation from the Synagogue will march as a collective group, standing with our brothers and sisters across Tulsa. This is an important public event for our entire city. All are encouraged to attend. If you would like to take part in the Synagogue’s delegation, contact Valerie Henderson at the Synagogue and plan to meet in the parking lot of the old Spaghetti Warehouse by 10:00 a.m. on January 21. Let us know if you’d like a commemorative T-shirt for the occasion.
Our monthly, kid-friendly Shabbat experience begins with a delicious dinner so you can relax and enjoy Shabbat with friends and family. We then move into the sounds and movements of a joyous Friday night celebration. This month we will be honoring two children of the congregation with the “Crown of Shabbat.” 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 or use the module below to make your meal reservations.
Our monthly, kid-friendly Shabbat experience begins with a delicious dinner so you can relax and enjoy Shabbat with friends and family. We then move into the sounds and movements of a joyous Friday night celebration. This month we will be honoring two children of the congregation with the “Crown of Shabbat.” 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.
In the spirt of the holiday of Tu B’shevat, the Synagogue’s Millennials celebrate Shabbat hiking on Turkey mountain. The hike will include several opportunities for reflection, connection to the earth, celebration of Shabbat and more! Meet us on Saturday, January 26 at 11:30 AM in the Turkey Mountain parking lot. RSVP to Sara Levitt by January 23.
In honor of Tu Be-Shevat the Synagogue will welcome noted chef and restaurateur Justin Thompson to our Shabbat table. Chef Justin is the Proprietor Chef of the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group, Co-Owner of Farrell Family Bakery, and Author of Trial & Error: Recipes and Lessons Learned by a Chef & Restaurateur. Juniper, PRHYME, and Tavolo are three of the restaurants at the heart of his work. At 6:00 p.m. Chef Justin will serve a vegetarian Shabbat meal featuring recipes that can be found in his new cookbook. Meal reservations can be made by calling the Synagogue office or clicking the button below. Cost is $18 per person.
After dinner, at 7:00 p.m, Chef Justin will join Rabbi Kaiman for a conversation about sustainability, food systems, and the connections between food and our relationship with the natural world. Signed copies of Chef Justin’s book “Trial and Error” will be available for purchase when you make your meal reservations.
The Second Annual Sisterhood Mah Jongg Tournament is open to anyone in the Tulsa area who enjoys playing Mah Jongg. You do not have to be a Sisterhood member to join in the fun. The tournament features both advanced and intermediate levels of play. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners. A donation of $25 will benefit the Tulsa Girls Art School, an organization which empowers underserved girls through visual arts education to improve their lives. For more information, contact Barbara Eisen. If you are not yet a Mah Jongg player but want to learn how to play, contact Rhonda Lhevine Wagnon.
Families with young children are invited to join us at 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 12 for Pajama Havdalah at the Synagogue! Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas as we say goodbye to Shabbat. The evening includes a pizza dinner, singing and Havdalah service experience. Cost is $5 per person. Make reservations below by Wednesday, January 9 to hold your spot.
Tickets are now on sale for an evening of conversation and coffee with Dave Eggers and special guest, Mokhtar Alkkanshali. In “The Monk of Mokha,” Dave Eggers, the best-selling author of “The Circle” and “What Is the What”, shares a heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war and the courageous journey of Mokhtar Alkkanshali, a young man—a Muslim and a U.S. citizen—following the most American of dreams. Visit MagicCityBooks.com to purchase your ticket which includes a copy of the book. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. The Synagogue is proud to partner with Booksmart Tulsa and Magic City Books for our literary programming.
In our darkest moments, we can find joy, gladness and fellowship in the service of others. This winter season, the Synagogue once again undertakes two ambitious volunteer projects. As our brothers and sisters celebrate Christmas, there’s important work we can do to make the day sweeter.
Cookiebake 2018 is one good way to accomplish this goal. We invite all members of the community to bake their favorite cookies and bars at home for this project any time during the month of December. If you begin early, please wrap your contribution securely and freeze it at home. Please drop off your baked goods at the Synagogue on December 24, by 9:00 a.m.
We will tray everything for eventual distribution to hospital emergency rooms, waiting rooms, police and fire stations, the Ronald McDonald house—wherever essential services are offered on Christmas Eve and Day. In addition to baking, a team of volunteers is needed to help tray and arrange the platters. Another volunteer role is hand delivering these trays to the various locations throughout our city.
For our 24 for 24 project, volunteers help prepare and deliver 24 complete turkey Christmas meals for families in hospice care who may not have the ability to provide a festive holiday meal for themselves. In the days leading up to the holiday, kitchen volunteers cook a meal worthy of the season. Another team of volunteers delivers these Christmas eve meals to the homes of the recipient families. Finally, as part of our 24 for 24 project, we invite families and individuals within the Synagogue community to underwrite the cost of these Christmas meals. Your contribution helps us all serve together.
If you’d like to involve yourself in either of these projects, please call the Synagogue Office to speak with Valerie Henderson. The number is (918) 583-7121. Alternatively, you can e-mail us at email@example.com.
The current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is routinely defined as “adversarial,” with many observers declaring that a new and dangerous Cold War has broken out. To help navigate the nuances of the current relationship, Dr. Bob Donaldson will deliver a talk titled U.S. – Russian Relations: The Helsinki Summit and Beyond as part of our Salon Emunah series. Dr. Donaldson is Trustees Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at the University of Tulsa, where he was President from 1990 to 1996. Salon Emunah gatherings invite speakers to address relevant topics in a salon-style conversation. This month’s talk will be held in the home of Dr. Bob and Sally Donaldson. Coffee and treats will accompany the 7:00 p.m. talk. Please note that there is no cost for this event, but we ask that you call the Synagogue Office to let us know you’re coming and to get directions to the private residence.
We’re so pleased to announce the upcoming bat mitzvah of Sophia Roytman, daughter of Oleg Roytman and Romy Roytman. Sophia’s preparations have been led by Morah Sara Levitt. The Shabbat morning celebration will take place on December 15, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Mazal tov to the entire Roytman family.
It is the darkest time of year, but don’t let that get you down. Join friends, family, and community for a joyous celebration of the Chanukah season. At 5:45 p.m., we will begin our evening with a special Seventeenth Street Deli meal featuring latkes! Following dinner, we’ll invite our neighbors, friends and fellow faith communities to join us in dancing, singing, and warm treats. The evening will culminate with a beautiful light display and a mass Chanukah candle lighting. While no reservation is necessary for the 6:30 p.m. party, please do call the Office or visit use the link below to make your deli meal reservations at $18 for adults and $9 for kids.
Jewish millennials will gather this Chanukah season at one of Tulsa’s newest culinary destinations, Glacier Chocolate’s Bean to Bar, in the Tulsa Arts District. Spend the seventh night of Chanukah learning all about chocolate, from that cacao bean harvested in South America to high-end consumer chocolates. We’ll even learn to make our own. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP to Sara Levitt by Thursday, December 6, to hold your spot.
Chanukah and Shabbat make one fantastic combination! In honor of Chanukah, Zemer, our youth choir, will lead us in festive songs of the season. Beginning this month, we will honor two children of the congregation with the Crowns of Shabbat. 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.
Chanukah and Shabbat make one fantastic combination! Our monthly, kid-friendly Shabbat experience begins with a delicious dinner prepared by Alin Avitan and Co. It’s a feast designed for you just to relax and enjoy. We’ll then move into the sounds and movements of a joyous Friday night celebration. In honor of Chanukah, Zemer, our youth choir, will lead us in festive songs of the season. Beginning this month, we will honor two children of the congregation with the Crowns of Shabbat. 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 or use the link below by Wednesday, December 5, to guarantee your place at the dinner table.
We’re back with challah baking and are hoping to make this a regular deal on the first Wednesday of the month. Join us in the Dairy Kitchen at 5:45 p.m. By the time you’re done, you’ll have dough enough for two challahs on Friday afternoon. Please call Valerie Henderson at the Synagogue at (918) 583-7121 to reserve your space at the kneading table. Space is limited, so please call early. No cost to anyone.
It’s a Sunday morning program for young children and their families. The theme this month is Shine Your Light. Students age 4 and below, along with their parents, are invited to participate in a morning of singing, story, and art. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude in time for our families to join the ShulSchool end-of-school singalong. If you have any questions or want to RSVP, please be in touch with Sara Levitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Synagogue notes with pride the upcoming bat mitzvah of Isabella Mattie Levine, daughter of Dr. Jonathan and Dee Dee Levine. Bella’s preparations have been led by Morah Alin Avitan and Morah Sara Levitt. The Havdalah celebration will take place on December 1, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Mazal tov to the entire Levine family.
It’s a monthly musical Shabbat experience for everyone, kids included! 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.
It’s a monthly musical Shabbat experience for everyone, kids included! The evening 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 our office at (918) 583-7121 or use the module below 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, Nov. 8, to reserve your spot on the floor.
Tulsa is quickly becoming a foodie paradise. With Mother Road Market opening its doors this month, it’s a wonderful time to explore the variety of our food landscape. The Seventeenth Street Deli continues to pop-up monthly serving all the classic deli treats. Just $18 covers your whole meal and sets you up for a delightful communal experience. Use the button below to RSVP today!
From the warm glow of summer to the cool breeze of fall the Tulsa Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl is a sign our city’s vibrant culture. The Synagogue does its part by hosting a monthly musical Shabbat service in the heart of the action. Stop in and sing while taking in the downtown galleries or make our service your final destination, Shabbat and First Friday make a wonderful combination. It all gets started at 6:30 p.m. in the Flyloft which is just above the Woody Guthrie Center. Look for the sign on the west side of the building.
The American Jewish community is now in mourning. The events in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh are a reminder of the strain of violence and extremism that remains a stain on the America dream. A misguided zealot for a hateful cause has succeeded in bringing eleven lives to an end. Once again we are brought face to face with bloodshed in the sanctuaries and holy places of America. The killings in Pittsburgh are an echo of Charleston, where nine African-Americans lost their lives. The number at the First Baptist Church in Texas was even larger, with twenty-six victims on a Sunday morning.
The Synagogue stands against all of this, and we are grateful to our friends for rushing to our side. Immediately after the events in Squirrel Hill, we began to hear from local law enforcement, from criminal justice office-holders, and from our neighbors in Maple Ridge. Clearly, we are in this together.
In the meantime we hope that many of our fellow Tulsans will gather with us this coming Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. We are now laying down plans for a community Memorial Service for the victims of our sister synagogue, Tree of Life. Tulsa faith leaders will offer words of solidarity and consolation, and we will have a chance to express our fundamental commitments.
We offer our own thanks for the confidence and good wishes that many people have already shared. Please join us in sending condolences to the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, and to every community that has experienced violence of any kind. Let justice be done while we comfort those who mourn, and let the memory of the righteous be for a blessing.
Rabbis Marc Boone Fitzerman and Daniel Shalom Kaiman
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, Oct. 29 and will continue each Monday for six weeks. Classes this year will be held at the Synagogue. To register or for more information visit jewishtulsa.org or contact Mindy Prescott at the JCC by calling (918) 495-1111.
An annual complimentary brunch and program for members of Sisterhood. This year’s brunch will take place on Sunday morning, October 28 at 9:30 a.m. In addition to a delicious brunch, those attending will have the opportunity to hear Lori Carpenter, an expert in Genetic Counseling, discuss the inspiring breakthroughs in genetic testing and how mapping your DNA can help you with disease prevention. Bette Wozobski will chair this program. For further information, contact Bette at Bizell48@gmail.com.
A monthly, musical, Shabbat celebration. This is a destination for joyful singing, lively dancing, and vibrant communal experiences. At 7:00 p.m., we will begin singing, storytelling, and experiencing the warmth of Shabbat at B’nai Emunah. No reservations are necessary for the service.
A monthly, musical, Shabbat celebration. This is a destination for joyful singing, lively dancing, and vibrant communal experiences. At 6:15 p.m., we will begin with a special Shabbat dinner. We cook and clean so that you can truly enjoy the pleasures of a restful Shabbat. By 7:00 p.m., we will be singing, storytelling, and experiencing the warmth of Shabbat at B’nai Emunah. No reservations are necessary for the service, but please RSVP for the meal by using the link below or calling the Synagogue office.
Jeffrey Eugenides, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, visits the Synagogue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and his story collection FRESH COMPLAINT. Tickets can be purchased through MagicCityBooks.com. You may also call or stop by the store. Each ticket provides TWO SEATS and comes with a copy of FRESH COMPLAINT or the new edition of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. Your choice. The evening will be moderated by Keija Parssinen. This event is co-presented by Booksmart Tulsa, Magic City Books, and The University of Tulsa's Creative Writing Program. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25.
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 which follows. Use the link below or call the Office at (918) 583-7121 today.