Don’t let summer start without taking part in the Synagogue’s school-end festivities. A special Shabbat service honors graduates, students, and faculty on the completion of school year under the leadership of Morah Sara Levitt. Services will be led by Klay Kodesh, our instrumental and vocal ensemble. We prepare a lovely Shabbat dinner so you can relax. A joyful and lively musical service will brighten your evening, lift your spirits and send you singing into a restful weekend. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. But please RSVP by Wednesday, May 24, to guarantee your place at the dinner table.
How does place dictate identity and belonging? Can we choose who we want to become? What are the roots of authenticity?
The Book of Ruth poses all these questions as it looks into the life of the refugee. Traditionally read in connection with the harvest festival of Shavu’ot, the Book of Ruth invites a community of thinkers to look deeply at the issues of border
crossing and displacement.
All of this will be front and center on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:00 p.m. when we celebrate At the Edges of the Field: Dinner with Ruth. We’ll feast on the bountiful first harvest of the season as we engage in a public recitation of the Book of Ruth. With fruits and vegetables provided by Fisher Farms, Chef Jeff Marlow will create a delicious spread of the freshest local seasonal fare. A selection of holiday songs will frame the evening which will culminate in a public reading of the Bible’s greatest short story.
And because study demands conversation, our reading will be followed by small group reflection. When was the last time you had a conversation about boundaries, otherness, and refuge? Make it happen this Shavu’ot at the Synagogue. Meal reservations can be made by using the link below or calling the Office at (918) 583-7121. The cost for our meal is $18 for adults, which includes wine, dessert and a personal copy of the Book of Ruth.
As always, a full complement of Yom Tov services will be held throughout the holiday beginning at 9:00 a.m. on both Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. Yizkor will take place between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. on June 1.
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, $14 for adults and just $1 for those tots. Visit our website or call the offices today.
Two of the most important figures on the new Jewish music scene, Happie Hoffman and Eric Hunker, now claim Tulsa as their home. With an established reputation among national Jewish groups and large communities, this will be their first large event in Tulsa. Concert tickets for the general community are $10 a piece. Those who have made a contribution to the Synagogue in the past 12 months can claim tickets free of charge. Call the Synagogue office to claim your tickets.
It's the Synagogue's artisanal pop-up restaurant featuring house-cured corned beef and pastrami, as well as tradition Jewish deli rye baked from scratch on premises. Prix fixe meals are $25 for adult and $12.50 for children. In honor of Mother's Day, free home-mad potato knishes for every mother present. To make your reservations, call the Synagogue office or use the module below.
We note with pride the upcoming bat mitzvah of Francisca Oyarzo, daughter of Felipe and Damaris. As always, all are invited to participate in the Shabbat morning service. Mazal tov to the Oyarzo family!
How does one enter the world of Jewish music? Greg Raskin and Rabbi Kaiman invite you to join them for a morning of learning and music making as we explore various ways to answer this question. Song and dance sit at the core of Jewish experience. The music we make has the power to bring life and emotion to our most sacred moments. Together we will navigate the sounds of the Jewish musical year at the Synagogue. The workshop will begin at 11:00 a.m. For questions or to learn more, contact Rabbi Kaiman.
We note with pride the upcoming bar mitzvah of Miller Van Hanken, son of Annie and Jeff, brother of Lucia Ann. All are invited to participate in the Shabbat morning service. Mazal tov to the Van Hanken family!
It’s a Shabbat experience for our very youngest members. We sit on the floor, sing songs, play games and dance our way into the weekend. 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.
In honor of the Seventeenth Street Deli’s latest menu addition, we will be screening a special documentary entitled Hugs and Knishes. This new film looks at the rich culinary history of Jewish community and celebrates the rich diversity that is Jewish food. Join us for dinner at the Seventeenth Street Deli beforehand and make it a full evening. No fee or reservations necessary for the film.
Corned beef, pastrami, Jewish deli food—all remind us of our past and help inform our present. We’re making this food our own at our monthly pop-up restaurant. Now serving knishes! Join the deli revolution and make your reservation today.
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 use the module below by Wednesday, April 19, to make dinner reservations.
You’ve seen him in hundreds of movies and TV shows. Now meet consummate character actor and author Stephen Tobolowsky. He will discuss his new book, My Adventures with God. A payment of $30 admits two people and includes one signed copy of the book ($25 retail value), which will be available for pick up at the event. Join Stephen at the Circle Cinema afterward for a showing of the movie Groundhog Day. Movie tickets will be sold at Circle Cinema.
Never quite sure what to eat during the days of Passover? Our holiday food rituals dictate that we cleanse ourselves from chamaytz as we pursue freedom. This work is never easy, but this year’s Kickstart blended juice cleanse makes things a bit simpler. In partnership with Ediblend Superfood Café, the Synagogue will facilitate a one-day juice cleanse on Thursday, April 13. With carefully crafted blended drinks to give you energy and focus, this is a wonderful way to mark out a different ethic of consumption during the holiday. Use the link below to register and signal your preferred pickup location. All items provided will be prepared under strict-rabbinic supervision and certified Kosher for Passover. Each kit will include six 16 oz. specially blended drinks, a cooler/tote bag, and motivational materials.
The Synagogue’s annual “Second Seder” is open to the entire community, with a special welcome to Tulsa newcomers and those whose families are far away. Taking place on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m., all are invited for a joyful celebration of the most important event in Jewish history. The seder will feature spirited and moving music from members of the Synagogue’s instrumental ensemble, Klay Kodesh, and participants will enjoy a festive mixture of Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions. For more details or to make your reservation, please call our office soon.
It's the enduring challenge- how do I clean my kitchen for Passover? Leavened products are ubiquitous in our daily lives. Ridding ourselves of their presence presents an interesting set of obstacles. In this workshop, we will take a look at some guiding principles and explore techniques to make your Passover cleaning a more manageable task. The workshop will begin at 11:00 a.m. For questions or to learn more, contact Rabbi Kaiman.
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. $12 for adults and just $1 for those tots.
Our monthly, family-friendly Shabbat celebration gets under way with an optional communal dinner at 6:15 p.m. We eat. We sing. We enjoy a Shabbat feast with family and friends at our sides. The meal is just $14 for adults, with scaled down pricing for kids. Make your reservations by using the module below or calling the Synagogue Office. At 7:00 p.m. we gather for a celebration led by our musical ensemble, Klay Kodesh. No reservation necessary. Let’s sing and dance together!
While Jews may not have invented corned beef, we're most certainly proud of how it tastes between two slices of rye bread. At 6:00 p.m. this Sunday evening we swing open the doors of our pop-up resturant for another delicious evening. Don't want to miss out on the NCAA Basketball Tournament? Not to worry, we'll have screens set up for all your viewing needs. To make your reservations, call the Synagogue office at (919) 583-7121 or use this link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.