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Rabbi Jehiel Orenstein z”l Memorial Lecture

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Rabbi Jehiel Orenstein z”l Memorial Lecture
Sunday, May 19, 2024 @ 7:00PM

Join for a fascinating evening of learning with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses!

God Consciousness: The Treacherous Journey of the Israelites from the Narrow Place of Egypt to Merchav Yah — the Divine Expanse.

Leaving Mitzrayim (Egypt) has been understood throughout Jewish tradition as more than physical liberation from slavery. It also represents a profound spiritual shift, leaving the narrow place within and moving from constricted consciousness (mochin de katnut) to expanded consciousness (mochin de gadlut). We will trace the subjective experience of the Israelites through the Torah as they move from slave consciousness to daring to cross the Sea of Reeds and reckoning with their fears of surviving the wilderness and encountering God at Sinai. What can we learn from them at this treacherous moment in Jewish history?

Join us in person, or click here to watch the livestream.

About Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses:
Rabbi Dianne is the Rabbi & Director of LifeLong Learning at Romemu. She was the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to be ordained as a Rabbi. She graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1995, where she was awarded several fellowships and a prize for academic excellence. Since that time she has served as an educator, scholar-in-residence, and administrator for multiple organizations in the Jewish world, including CLAL, the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, The Curriculum Initiative and UJA Federation. In 2007 she was named one of fifty top rabbis by the Washington Post online. Besides leading education efforts at Romemu she currently co-teaches the Arts Beit Midrash at the Skirball Institute with Tobi Kahn, teaches courses at UJA Federation a nd writes and speaks regularly on Torah, Jewish values and family life, Jewish ethnicity and Judaism and disabilities. Rabbi Dianne and her journalist husband Larry live on the upper west side of Manhattan and have three children.



May 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Congregation Beth El
222 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079 United States
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