We will look at how we should respond when someone else’s stand challenges our core beliefs, how we can keep lines of communication open across growing divides, and how we can engage in thoughtful discourse even when we disagree. We will examine some of the causes of the current ideological rifts and their effect on the Jewish community, as well as why diversity of opinion is so important and what we can learn about ourselves from moments of friction. We will approach these questions through ancient and contemporary Jewish texts, as well as texts from outside our own tradition.
Each discussion group meets four times and will have about 10-15 participants, led by congregants who have been trained as facilitators. Groups will meet weekly in a group members’ homes or at the Temple for four weeks between the weeks of October 8th - 24th. A culminating event for all groups will take place at the Temple on Wed, Nov 7 at 7:30pm.
If you’ve participated before, you know that Isaiah Together groups can be a great way to both reconnect with old friends and branch out and meet new folks in a meaningful and intimate way. We welcome people of all different backgrounds, and no experience or familiarity with Jewish text is required or expected.