The Khalid Jabara Tikun Olam Library takes its signature program on the road to AHHA Tulsa. This month will be a Women’s Living history experience featuring some of Tulsa’s most prominent social justice leaders. For more information, contact Preschool Director Shelli Wright through the Synagogue offices. Story hour begins at 2:00 p.m.
Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of many notable books including In the New World, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, Thirteen Days in September, The Terror Years, and God’s Favorite. He will visit the Synagogue to offer a reading and book talk related to his most recent work God Save Texas. This ticketed event is hosted in partnership with Magic City Books. Tickets may be purchased in advance at MagicCityBooks.com.
The Synagogue notes with pride the upcoming Bat Mitzvah of Conley Bolusky, daughter of Richie and Emily Bolusky, sister of Campbell. Mia’s preparations have been led by Nina Fitzerman-Blue and Morah Sara Levitt. The Shabbat morning celebration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Mazal tov to the entire Bolusky family.
The entire community is invited to join in celebrating Purim on Thursday evening, March 21. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. with an optional delicious, festive dinner featuring homemade hamantashen 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. Inflatables, games, and face-painting abound as we celebrate with treats, hamantashen, popcorn, cotton candy and so much more! Hope to see you there. Visit our website 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 younger. The service and carnival are free of charge. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.
With open doors and open arms, welcoming Shabbat with community is a beautiful way to start your weekend. This month we’ll celebrate the anniversary of Steve Aberson and Brent Ortolani with a special blessing. An optional communal meal accompanies this service so that your Shabbat can be truly restful and restorative. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. But please call or use the button below to make your meal reservations. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m.
Authentic Jewish delicatessen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. House-cured pastrami and corned beef, 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. For just $18 a person, fulfill the nostalgic longing of the Jewish people over a deli dinner. Bring friends, bring neighbors, bring appetites! Visit tulsadeli.org today to reserve your spot today.
It’s a Sunday morning program for young children and their families. Students ages 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.
After a brief winter hiatus, we’re back downtown celebrating Shabbat and enjoying one of Tulsa’s great cultural experiences. Join us for 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 Synagogue notes with joy the upcoming Bat Mitzvah of Mia Weinstein, daughter of Elizabeth and Jeffrey, sister of Zoe. Mia is the granddaughter of Diane Karp and the late Charles Karp; Rosalie Childs; and the late Paul Weinstein. Preparations have been led by Debbye Zanerhaft and Morah Sara Levitt. The Havdalah celebration will take place on February 23, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Mazal tov to the entire Weinstein family!
With open doors and open arms, welcoming Shabbat with community is a wonderful way to start your weekend. An optional communal meal at 6:15 p.m. accompanies this service so that your Shabbat can be truly restful and restorative. 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.
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. Please visit the Synagogue use the module below or call our offices by Thursday, February 6, to reserve your spot.
You either love it or you hate it, but we think you should love it. Gefilte fish is one of the most iconic and mysterious Jewish foods, and we're ready to pull back the curtain and show you how to make it at home. In this workshop we’ll explore the background of this unique dish and the food history of the Ashkenazi Jewish life. The materials charge for this workshop is $18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.