The Synagogue

Congregation B'nai Emunah | Tulsa

1719 South Owasso Avenue Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120 USA

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

Sep
22
9:00am 9:00am

Rosh Ha-Shanah Yom Tov Services

Of the many ways we gather to mark holidays, the warmth of home and the generosity of a meal table stand out above all else. For many years, Emily and Richie Bolusky have opened their home on the second day of Rosh Ha-Shanah for a special holiday meal experience for young families, millennials and Tulsa newcomers. The meal takes place immediately following the conclusion of services. To make your meal reservations, call the Synagogue Office or visit our website. Cost for the pescatarian meal is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

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Sep
22
12:30pm12:30pm

The Bolusky Lunch

Of the many ways we gather to mark holidays, the warmth of home and the generosity of a meal table stand out above all else. For many years, Emily and Richie Bolusky have opened their home on the second day of Rosh Ha-Shanah for a special holiday meal experience for young families, millennials and Tulsa newcomers. The meal takes place immediately following the conclusion of services. To make your meal reservations, call the Synagogue Office or visit our website. Cost for the pescatarian meal is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

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Sep
24
11:45am11:45am

Kapparot | The Great Dove Release

An ancient practice through which we symbolically transfer our transgressions from the year past in preparation for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Our version of this ritual requires that we release one hundred homing pigeons from the front door of the Synagogue. You won’t want to miss out on this once-a-year event. Join us at 11:45 a.m. A community shofar blast marks the culmination of the morning.

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Sep
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kol Nidray | Yom Kippur Evening Services

Yom Kippur is inaugurated at 7:30 p.m. with the Kol Nidray prayer. As on Rosh Ha-Shanah, during this service we use a Mahzor, a special prayer book, which outlines (and fills in) the liturgical frame for the day. While our current edition only has Hebrew and English on its pages, a supplementary binder is always available which has full transliteration, poems, and reflective readings. This evening service, led again by our cantor, Rabbis, and musical ensemble, moves through the prescribed structure of the service with familiar musical highlights andpoints of emphasis. Around 8:15 p.m., a sermon is delivered,
and the service concludes around 9:30 p.m.

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Sep
30
9:30am 9:30am

Yom Kippur Morning Services

At 9:30 a.m. the next morning, we begin chanting Yom Kippur service. As on Rosh Ha-Shanah, we participate in a public reading of a section of the Torah around 10:00
a.m., followed by a chanting of the Haftorah (a selection from the Prophets).

During this part of the service, the Rabbis will offer an opportunity for prayers of healing. All are invited to come forward and share either the English or Hebrew name of the person which you would like to include. Alternatively, if you would like to submit a name prior to the Holiday, please email vhenderson@bnaiemunah.com so that we can include your loved one throughout the Holiday season.

After the Torah is returned to the ark, we continue in the familiar pattern. At the close of the silent version of the Amida, one of the Rabbis will offer a sermon. Following the sermon, the congregation will hold a Yizkor (Memorial) service for loved ones who are no longer with us. The names of those who have died in the past year are read aloud.

Following this moment of reflection, our musical ensemble and cantor resume leadership of the service, and we sing a public version of the prayers found in the Mahzor. This is the final part of the service, and we generally conclude by 1:30 p.m.

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Sep
30
6:10pm 6:10pm

Ne'ilah | Yom Kippur Culminating Service

A liturgical highlight of the year, the Ne’ilah (Concluding) service offers a thrilling end to a day of solemnity and introspection. Beginning at 6:10 p.m. the service is chanted by our Cantor, Rabbis, and musical ensemble. The Ark doors remain open throughout the main section of this service; many stand throughout this liminal time period. The doors of the Ark serve as an important symbol of the themes of the day as we imagine the locking of the gates, and we make our best efforts to seek repentance and forgiveness in these waning hours. As the sun sets we mark the conclusion of the holiday with a Havdalah (Separation) service. Finally, the day culminates with blasts from the Shofar. It’s one long teki’ah gedolah, and then we are done.

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Sep
30
7:45pm 7:45pm

Community Break the Fast

Immediately following the conclusion of our ritual services for Yom Kippur, the entire community is invited to participate in a Break-the-Fast meal. Generously sponsored by the Sharna and Irv Frank Foundation, this is a celebratory communal moment of achievement, relief, opportunity and possibility. While there will always be enough food for everyone, we do ask that those who are planning to be with us call or use the module below so we can plan for your participation.

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Oct
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Shabbat for Everyone: Sukkot!

We're delighted to invite the entire community to the single most ginormous Sukkot celebration in all of Oklahoma. We’ll gather in the sukkah on the south lawn of the Synagogue. We hope that members and guests will be thrilled by what they see. Sukkot Dinner will be supported as always by a gift from Jenny Brouse and Brian Brouse. A joyful Shabbat Sukkot celebration led by the members of Klay Kodesh, B’nai Emunah’s vocal and instrumental ensemble, will follow the meal. Special games, toys and experiences await! No reservation is necessary for the celebration, which begins at 7:00 p.m. But please call the Synagogue Offices or use the module below to make reservations for the 6:00 p.m. dinner.

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Oct
12
5:45pm 5:45pm

Simchat Torah Dinner and Dancing

The Synagogue will conclude its celebration of the Fall Holiday Season beginning with Simchat Torah on Thursday evening, October 12. The night begins at 5:45 p.m. with a beautiful dinner in the Synagogue sukkah prepared by Alin Avitan and Co. Call us the Synagogue Office or use the module below to make your meal reservations. At 6:45 P.M., Simchat Torah festivities commence in Kaiser Miller Auditorium. The congregation will celebrate the conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle with whirling processions around a chuppah (wedding canopy) led by Rokday Emunah, the Synagogue’s dance ensemble. Special recognition in the form of consecration will recognize our students who are embarking on the next phase of the educational journeys. Look for balloons, confetti, noisemakers, crepe paper, willow branches, sequins, masks and feathers! The evening is filled with joyous song and treats for all.

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Oct
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bibi-Dibi: Shabbat for Little Ones

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 button below to reserve your spot on the floor.

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Sep
21
9:00am 9:00am

Rosh Ha-Shanah Yom Tov Services

No tickets, just you. All you have to do is walk through the door. There are no admission requirements of any kind for High Holiday services at Congregation B’nai Emunah. Sit where you like and bring friends who might appreciate a spirited observance of this Jewish New Year. We’ll be waiting for you just inside. Rosh Ha-Shanah daytime services begin at 9:00 a.m. Sermons will be delivered around 10:45 a.m. Music, ideas, and spending time with community is a powerful way to start the New Year. We hope to see you there.

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Sep
20
5:30pm 5:30pm

Rosh Ha-Shanah for Everyone Dinner

Community, brisket and joyful musical experiences are quintessential aspects of welcoming the Jewish New Year. Join friends and family for a communal Rosh Ha-Shanah meal followed by a musical holiday celebration led by members of Klay Kodesh. Bring the whole family for this inclusive and kid-friendly service experience. While our meal is now at closed, please join us for the 6:15 p.m. service. If you would like to be added to the meal waitlist, call our offices at (918) 583-7121.

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Sep
17
12:30pm12:30pm

Millennials: Honey, Oh Honey

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Synagogue Sukkah, join other Jewish millenials in an afternoon dedicated to bees and honey. Lunch in the garden will be followed by a visit with the Tulsa Urban Bee Company to learn all about honey, bees, and their enormous environmental importance. Afternoon includes lunch, garden games, honey tasting, and more. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on local honey for the High Holidays.

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Sep
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Selichot | Portal to the High Holidays

A traditional prelude to the High Holidays, Selichot is part of the season of turning, a transition which calls for focus and readiness. The evening begins with a final Shabbat meal at 6:30 p.m. This meal serves as the congregation’s official welcome to all who have affiliated in the previous calendar year. We will also offer special tribute to those who volunteer their time to our community throughout the year. The evening will culminate with a short, beautiful service which introduces the motifs of the High Holidays and sets the musical mood of the liturgy. It is punctuated by the blowing of the shofar by a large group of volunteer shofar blowers.

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Sep
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Selichot Dinner

A traditional prelude to the High Holidays, Selichot is part of the season of turning, a transition which calls for focus and readiness. The evening begins with a final Shabbat meal at 6:30 p.m. This meal serves as the congregation’s official welcome to all who have affiliated in the previous calendar year. We will also offer special tribute to those who volunteer their time to our community throughout the year. The evening will culminate with a short, beautiful service which introduces the motifs of the High Holidays and sets the musical mood of the liturgy. It is punctuated by the blowing of the shofar by a large group of volunteer shofar blowers.

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Sep
10
11:00am11:00am

Doing Jewish: High Holidays Walkthrough

Open the Ark? Close the Ark? Have an Aliyah? Lift and wrap the Torah? Whether a regular Shabbat morning or the peak of the Holiday season, there are quite a few opportunities for honors and involvement in services. If you have ever wanted to learn this choreography and take a closer look at these honors, join us at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary for this workshop in practical Jewish living. We extend a special invitation to this event for those participating in our High Holidays for the first time this year. For questions or more information, please contact Rabbi Kaiman.

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Sep
8
6:15pm 6:15pm

Bibi-Dibi: Shabbat for Tots

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.

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Aug
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rise Up Singing

A twenty-first century folksong revival! Admission is free and open to the public. The Synagogue Café will serve treats, gourmet coffee, and other beverages during and after the program. An optional dinner catered by the Seventeenth Street Deli will be served at 6:00 p.m. Our menu includes artisanal, house-cured pastrami, Synagogue baked rye bread and crisp half-sour pickles for $25, ($12.50 for kids). Call the Synagogue or visit our website to make your reservation. Please plan to come early to make sure that you have a comfortable seat. Guests are welcome to tour the Synagogue at 6:00 p.m. before the event begins. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

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Aug
27
5:45pm 5:45pm

Seventeenth Street Deli - Rise Up Singing Edition

A twenty-first century folksong revival! Admission is free and open to the public. The Synagogue Café will serve treats, gourmet coffee, and other beverages during and after the program. An optional dinner catered by the Seventeenth Street Deli will be served at 6:00 p.m. Our menu includes artisanal, house-cured pastrami, Synagogue baked rye bread and crisp half-sour pickles for $25, ($12.50 for kids). Please plan to come early to make sure that you have a comfortable seat. Guests are welcome to tour the Synagogue at 6:00 p.m. before the event begins. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

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Aug
27
11:00am11:00am

Doing Jewish: Bedtime for Tots

A new school year brings opportunity for new rituals, habits and traditions for your families. In this hour-long workshop we will learn about age-appropriate ways to add Jewish song, story and wisdom to your kids’ nighttime rituals. As parents we’re told to “teach our children,” this workshop will help us accomplish that task. Don’t have kids at home, we’ll also talk about ways to make these practices meaningful for adults too. Doing Jewish is part of the Synagogue’s monthly series of workshops on Basic Judaism. There’s never a cost to attend. All levels of knowledge and experience are welcome. The workshop will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the board room. For question, contact Rabbi Kaiman.

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Aug
20
9:00am 9:00am

The Launch: ShulSchool Kickoff

Join us for the launch of our new Sunday morning program, Shul School. This program is for parents and students who will be attending our Sunday program. Meet us on Sunday August 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon for a jam-packed day exploring what your children will be doing this year. The day will include B’naigels, an interactive service experience, time in classrooms to meet teachers, parents and other students, backyard games and more!

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Aug
18
6:15pm 6:15pm

Shabbat for Everyone Dinner and Service

Let’s welcome home all of our kids returning from Jewish summer experiences all over the world. From Israel to Colorado to Bulgaria and beyond, our teens will return to share stories and lessons from their experiences. It all gets started with an optional communal Shabbat dinner, followed by a joyful and lively musical service. Klay Kodesh, the Synagogue’s musical group, will lift your spirits and send you singing into a restful weekend. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m.

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Aug
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bibi-Dibi: Babies and Blessings

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.

Postponed until September 8

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Aug
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

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. There's no cost to attend, but please do make reservations so we can plan for your participation. 

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Jul
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Jul
14
6:15pm 6:15pm

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.

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Jul
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

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!             

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Jul
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

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. There's no cost to attend, but please do make reservations so we can plan for your participation. 

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Jul
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

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.

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Jun
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Table Talks: Modern Jewish Utopians

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. 

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Jun
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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Jun
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

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. 

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