The Synagogue notes with pride the upcoming bat mitzvah of Kendall Phillips. The daughter of Scott Phillips and Dr. Diane Heaton-Phillips, Kendall’s preparations have been led by Nina Fitzerman-Blue and Sara Levitt. The Shabbat morning ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m.
With legal conversations in Iceland proposing a ban on circumcision, this ancient practice has become the center of a modern conversation. As a Jewish community, the value of such rituals are rooted and established. But how and why do we practice in the particular way we do? Join Rabbi Kaiman for a candid conversation about circumcision, identity, and the changing nature of ritual life at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Doing Jewish is part of the Synagogue’s series of workshops focusing on fundamental areas of Jewish living and learning. These classes are free and open to all.
Tulsa’s celebration of literature concludes at the Synagogue! Enjoy an afternoon with bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes. Written with trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship, Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Women in Sunlight will be for sale. The program begins at 2:00 p.m.
It’s a musical evening for all to enjoy. Klay Kodesh, the Synagogue’s vocal and instrumental ensemble, leads delightful songs and serious fun one Friday night a month. In April, we offer a fond salute to Isrella Taxon, a veteran member of Klay Kodesh as she marks her retirement as a vocalist. Isrella will share a story and we’ll share our appreciation for her commitment and leadership. We hope you join us for a lovely evening. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. Make a full evening of it and take part in the optional communal Shabbat dinner, which begins at 6:15 p.m. Call our offices or visit the website to make your reservations today. Please note that we will also be blessing Nicole Dubois (daughter of Linda and the late Lance Dubois) and Mitchell Hitchcock on their recent marriage in Austin. All are invited to a celebratory Oneg Shabbat following the service.
The American food supply has undergone a revolution, moving away from a system based on fresh, locally grown goods to one dominated by packaged foods. How did this come to be? How did we learn to trust that food preserved within an opaque can was safe and desirable to eat? Acclaimed author Anna Zeide reveals the answers through the story of the canning industry, taking us on a journey to understand how food industry leaders leveraged the powers of science, marketing, and politics to win over a reluctant public, even as consumers resisted at every turn. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Canned will be for sale. The program begins at 7:00 p.m.
reat Jewish Food. Great Jewish people. Great experiences for community and connection. A monthly gathering point for friends and family, the Seventeenth Street Deli is a place for everyone. There’s room at our table for authentic experiences, and we hope you join us for the tastes of tradition. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. A new, reduced, price of $18 secures you a robust meal for all to enjoy. Join us at the deli.
The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education and the Tulsa City-County Library host the 21st Annual Yom Ha-Shoah Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration at 7:00 p.m. in the VanTrease Performing Arts Center at the Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus. The featured speaker will be Father Patrick Desbois, a Catholic priest and Vatican consultant, who is the founder and president of Yahad-In Unum, an international organization which has interviewed more than 5,300 eyewitnesses of Jewish and Romani executions by Nazi mobile units in Eastern Europe. In his 2008 National Jewish Book Award-winning The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews, Desbois documented for the first time every execution site in the Ukraine. Desbois has been featured in several New York Times articles and has appeared on 60 Minutes for his work in Holocaust and genocide research.
The Synagogue is pleased to welcome home Danny Kraft as he visits Tulsa in the capacity of Community Scholar. A graduate student of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, Danny is part of the Center for the Study of World Religions where he has focused his scholarship on day-to-day Jewish life in pre-war Poland and Spiritual Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. Before his graduate studies, Danny served as Direction of Education at the Synagogue. There will be two opportunities to hear Danny speak, a Table Talks Friday night dinner at 6:00 p.m. April 6 and during Shabbat morning services on Saturday, April 7. Call our offices or use the button below to make reservations for the Friday night dinner.
Very young children and their parents are invited to join us for another soft and cuddly Shabbat experience. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. 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. Please make reservations below or call our offices by Thursday, March 22, to reserve your spot on the floor.
The most daunting holiday meal? Maybe. But we think hosting Seder can be a pretty manageable task. Just let the B’nai Emunah Cooking School and instructor Molly Berger show you the way. In this evening workshop, we’ll dig our hands into essential recipes, learn skills that will save you time, and help you envision hosting a bountiful feast of your own. Along the way, we’ll enjoy good food and have a great time together. Call our offices or click below to register for this workshop. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. The charge for materials is $18.
Conversation and community are essential qualities of a vibrant Shabbat dinner table. For this edition of Table Talks, we welcome noted educator Lee Gordon who will speak about his work co-founding the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel. Lee will be visiting Tulsa to accept the 2018 Brock International Prize in Education. Dinner is $14 for adults and reservations can be made by calling the Synagogue office or clicking the button below. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the talk and treats scheduled for approximately 6:45 p.m.
The entire community is invited to join in celebrating Purim on Wednesday evening, February 28. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. with an optional delicious, festive dinner featuring homemade hamantaschen for dessert. At 6:15 p.m. we’ll gather in the Sanctuary for an Interactive Megillah reading for the whole family. The evening will culminate with the legendary Shushan-o-Casbah-Rama, a Purim carnival for kids young and old. Entertainers, magicians, jugglers, and face-painting abound as we celebrate with treats, hamantaschen, popcorn, cotton candy and so much more! Hope to see you there. Use the button below or call our offices to make your meal reservations soon. Cost for the meal is $14 for adults and $7 for kids 12 years of age and under. The service and carnival are free of charge. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.
The kitchen is always more fun when we fill it with good smells and good company. The B’nai Emunah Cooking School connects eager learners with talented teachers exploring various forms of culinary expression. From “Instant Pot Shabbat” to “Chicken Soup for the Bowl,” BECS workshops help animate your home cooking and make Jewish culinary tradition come alive. Our inaugural workshop will be held on Sunday, February 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will focus on using the Instant Pot to make delicious home-cooked Shabbat meals. To register for this and future BECS workshops, click here.
Very young children and their parents are invited to join us for another soft and cuddly Shabbat experience. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. 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. Please use the button below or call our offices by Thursday, February 22, to reserve your spot on the floor.
A pop-up Jewish delicatessen in Tulsa, Oklahoma! House-cured pastrami, freshly 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. Fulfill the nostalgic longing of the Jewish people over a deli dinner. Visit tulsadeli.org to reserve spots for February, March, and April.
Love to dance? Love to sing? Love spending time with friends and family? Then Shabbat for Everyone is the place for you! 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.
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 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 contact us via phone or use the button below by Wednesday, February 14, to guarantee your place at the dinner table.
While Twitter’s collision course with politics and grassroots organizing was inevitable from the very beginning, we are now living in an era of heightened sensitivities and round-the-clock news cycles. What does this all mean for the political observer? And how are we to understand this new reality? Comedian and political commentator Barry Friedman has some thoughts. Join us for this salon-style conversation; location to be announced. Coffee and treats will follow the talk. Please note that there is no cost for this event, but we ask that you call the Synagogue Office to let us know that you’re coming and to get directions to the private residence. The program begins at 7:00 p.m.
From the wedding canopy to the breaking of the glass, the Jewish wedding ceremony marks transition and transformation with remarkable poetry and power. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the rites and rituals of the Jewish wedding to gain insight into these rooted practices. Doing Jewish is part of our Basic Judaism series on Sunday mornings at The Synagogue. The hour-long workshop begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. For more information, please contact Rabbi Kaiman.
With an opening in the not too distant future, A Gathering Place for Tulsa is set to become one of the great public parks in the United States. Director Tony Moore joins us at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning to share an “inside-look” perspective on this transformative initiative. The Sunday Morning Seminar will be preceded by a Free-Eggs-to-Order breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Synagogue kitchen. No reservations are necessary. For questions, contact Rabbi Kaiman.
Our community Farm-to-Table Tu Be-Shevat Shabbat will take place on Friday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Synagogue. Celebrate Shabbat and Tu Be-Shevat with other millennial Tulsans in the Jewish community. Learn about the holiday and local environmental issues, and enjoy a delicious farm to table Shabbat Dinner, at $14 per person. RSVP to Sara Levitt at email@example.com or call (918) 583-7121. We look forward to celebrating with you!