The Synagogue

Congregation B'nai Emunah | Tulsa

1719 South Owasso Avenue Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120 USA

Main (918) 583-7121 | Reservations (918) 935-3373

May
26
6:15 pm18:15

Shabbat for Everyone

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.

May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Dinner With Ruth: A Shauv'ot Feast

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.

Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

Bat Mitzvah Anniversary of Hannah Woods

We note with pride the Bat Mitzvah Anniversary of Hannah Woods, daughter of Tracey and Paul. Hannah celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last year alongside her cousin in Las Vegas. As she marks the anniversary of that occasion she will take a leadership role in our service in the company of her home congregation. Mazal tov the entire family!

Jun
9
6:00 pm18:00

Milestone Shabbat


An evening to honor the elders of our community, Milestone Shabbat recognizes members of the congregation in their seventies, eighties and nineties. Guest speaker for the evening will be Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum who will speak about his personal family history and its influence on his own leadership and commitments. Call or visit our website to make your dinner reservations. No reservation necessary for the 7:00 p.m. service. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Jun
12
7:00 pm19:00

Booksmart: Jonathan Safran Foer

In his first novel in eleven years—Here I Am—Jonathan Safran Foer traces a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Maureen Corrigan of NPR's Fresh Air called this book "a profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family and the burdens of a broken world." Presented in partnership with Booksmart Tulsa and Magic City Books, this event is free and open to the public. Following the reading Foer will be available for book signing. 

Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

Bibi-Dibi: Shabbat for Tiny-Tots

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. Make your reservations by calling our offices or using our online system.

Jun
30
6:00 pm18:00

Table Talks: Modern Jewish Utiopians

One of the great utopian projects of the 20th century was the creation of the Israeli kibbutz. It was designed to bring together landless Jews from the impoverished world of European Jewry and create new, self-sufficient communities. At the deepest level, the kibbutz was an effort to build up the land of Israel even as new Jewish settlers were “rebuilt” from within in renewed contact with the soil. Kibbutzim were eager to create a new Israeli type: robustly physical, visionary, and self-sacrificing, The pioneer was supposed to adopt the credo that he (or she) was built for work and work was the ultimate, defining category for the pioneer.

Aner Yacobi will speak about these issues at the June edition of Table Talks at the Synagogue on Friday evening, June 30. A joint project of the Office of the Shaliach at the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and Congregation B’nai Emunah, this informal conversation will focus on the rise of the kibbutz, the changing nature of the kibbutz movement, its many accomplishments, and the profound challenges of communitarian life.

Aner Yacobi was born in Degania, the “Mother of Kibbutzim,” thirty-five years ago. He had a “beautiful” childhood in at the foot of the Sea of Galilee and then served in a reconnaissance unit during the Second Palestinian Intifada. In a sense, his life is already a full circle. The Degania dairy farm where he worked as a teenager eventually became his responsibility as its professional manager. Aner is now in charge of the entire business sector of the kibbutz, which includes all the agriculture departments, tourism, and industry. He remains committed to the fundamentals of kibbutz life, but is skeptical of the philosophical underpinnings of the movement and their relevance to the modern kibbutz.

The conversation with Aner Yacobi will begin with a summertime Shabbat Dinner at 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Wine and dessert will be served at 6:45 p.m. with Aner’s talk following. Those who would like to join in dinner are welcome to call our office or use the module below for reservations. All are welcome to attend, beginning with dessert at 6:45 p.m. and no reservations are necessary. 

Jul
5
5:30 pm17:30

B'nai Mitzvah Boot Camp

Current B’nai Mitzvah students are invited to join in the fun at B’nai Mitzvah bootcamp. This program is for students who have already begun their B’nai Mitzvah studies, to sharpen their prayer skills.  Bootcamp will run each Wednesday in July from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Synagogue. Dinner is included. Please contact Morah Sara to reserve your spot.

Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

First Friday Summer Shabbat

The Brady Arts District comes alive as galleries open their doors, musicians take to the streets, and community comes together for the monthly “First Friday Art Crawl.” Connect with the Synagogue as we gather in the heart of the district for a musical Shabbat service. With song, learning and reflection, we enter the weekend reminding ourselves of all that is possible. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. in the Fly Loft which is just above the Woody Guthrie Center. Look for the sign on the west side of the building. 

Jul
10
7:00 pm19:00

Synagogue Summer Binge

It is the defining learning style of our moment. We are all about the binge. From authors to music to the latest TV shows, we now consume information by quickly diving deep into a subject area. With the help of the internet, new media and technology, it is a thrilling time to be a student and a teacher.

This summer you are invited to immerse yourself in the Synagogue’s Summer Binge. For three weeks you’ll have a chance to explore a new subject area and come away with significant learning accomplishments.

Option A: Hebrew Binge

Learn to read Hebrew in just three weeks. With Rabbi Kaiman leading the way you’ll break down language barriers and acquire key skills necessary to decode Judaism’s holy language. With the right amount of luck, effort, and skill you’ll be on your way to understanding Hebrew’s mysteries and complexities.

Option B: Transparent Binge

It’s a groundbreaking, award winning, intensely Jewish television show. It’s Transparent and we’re binging the first season this summer. The show details the story of the Pfefferman family and their journey through life transitions, most notably the gender transition of the family patriarch Mort into Maura. Under the leadership of Sara Levitt, we will explore important LGBTQ terms and ideas that are covered throughout the show.

Both binge sessions will run every Monday evening 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. from July 10 to July 24. To register you can click the button below or call the Synagogue office. Enrollment is free for Synagogue members and just $18 for the general community. Come binge with us!             

Jul
14
6:15 pm18:15

Shabbat for Everyone

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 button below or calling the Synagogue office.

Jul
16
6:00 pm18:00

Seventeenth Street Deli

A destination for summer dining, our Jewish Deli opens its doors to any eager to experience the smells and tastes of Jewish culture. Knishes, pastrami, corned beef; good food and good community await. 

Jul
31
7:00 pm19:00

Tisha b'Av Talk: On Trauma

What do we do with the trauma of a communal history rife with tragedy and terror? We are all the inheritors of personal and public narrative. The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av asks us to revisit this trauma. Join us for a reflective session of learning connecting themes of this holiday with ideas from the field of Psychological Trauma. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.


May
19
6:00 pm18:00

Bibi-Dibi: Shabbats for Tots

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.

May
14
6:30 pm18:30

Front|Row with Happie and Eric

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.

May
14
5:30 pm17:30

Seventeenth Street Deli

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.

May
13
9:00 am09:00

Bat Mitzvah of Francisca Oyarzo

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!

May
7
11:00 am11:00

Doing Jewish: Making Music

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.

Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

Bar Mitzvah of Miller Van Hanken

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!

Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Bibi-Dibi: Shabbat for Little Ones

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.

Apr
23
7:00 pm19:00

Cinema Emunah: Hugs and Knishes

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.

Apr
23
6:00 pm18:00

Seventeenth Street Deli

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.

Apr
21
6:15 pm18:15

Shabbat for Everyone

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.

Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

Booksmart Tulsa: Stephen Tobolowsky

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. 

Apr
13
7:00 am07:00

Kick-start Passover with Ediblend Superfood Cafe

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.

Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

Second Seder at the Synagogue

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.

Apr
2
11:00 am11:00

Doing Jewish: Cleaning for Pesach

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.

Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

Bibi-Dibi

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.

Mar
24
6:15 pm18:15

Shabbat for Everyone

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!

Mar
19
6:00 pm18:00

Seventeenth Street Deli

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.

Mar
12
9:00 am09:00

Purim Extravaganza

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.

Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

YadaYada: The Great Purim Escape

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.

Mar
10
6:00 pm18:00

Table Talks: Author Rachel Hall

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.

Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Kosher USA with Roger Horowitz

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. 

Feb
26
7:15 pm19:15

Salon Emunah: Our Holy Land

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.

Feb
26
6:00 pm18:00

Seventeenth Street Deli

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.

Feb
24
6:00 pm18:00

Bibi-Dibi: Shabbat for Little Ones

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. 

Feb
15
7:00 pm19:00

Ayelet Waldman with Booksmart Tulsa

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.

Feb
12
6:00 pm18:00

Interfaith Tu Beshevat Sustainability Seder

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.