Marilyn & Louis Safer Shabbaton 2018

Join us for the Marilyn and Louis Safer Shabbaton

February 23-25, 2018


Dr. Stephen Berk is the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York.  He is the former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Russian and East European Studies and helps advise the Hillel organization at Union.

Professor Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer and teacher.   His lectures are outstanding and he is in high demand as a guest speaker.  He is always informative, interesting and entertaining.  He is widely known for his expertise on the Holocaust, Russian, and the Middle East and a variety of Jewish subjects.

Dr. Berk's theme will be Jewish People in Modern America, and will include the following subjects: 

Friday evening @ 8:15 p.m.  Zion in America:  The American Jewish  Experience   From the very beginning of Jewish settlement in the New World, Jews understood that America was a different place, with unprecedented freedom!  There was a price, however.  How do Jews remain Jewish in a society in which everything is open to them?  Is assimilation more of a problem than anti-Semitism?

Saturday morning (sermon - approximately 11:00 am during Shabbat services):  Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Saturday afternoon @ 1:00 pm  The Balfour Declaration   100 years ago, the British government issued a public statement announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people”.   A mixture of ideology and national interest led Great Britain to endorse the idea of a Jewish national home in Palestine.    Personality always counts.  Chaim Weitzman and Arthur Balfour made the declaration possible and planted the seeds for the Jewish State, which was created in 1948.  We will study the statement together, and discuss the reactions and ramifications.

Sunday morning @ 10:00 am  Israel in the Middle East: Putin and Netanyahu in the Age of Trump   

*Marilyn and Lou Safer, z"l, were loved by all who knew them.  They were committed to keeping the synagogue as the center of Jewish life and learning.  This philosophy is shared by their children: Eliot Safer, Cynthia Baron, Deena Richman, and Shana Temel of blessed memory, who established the fund in their parents'memory to provide underwriting for the annual event.

Thanks to this generous donation by the Safer family, all of the above speaking events are free and open to the public.  The costs and menus for optional accompanying meals are below, and pre-paid reservations for all meals can be made by calling Rose Tincher at @ 292-1000, or Lois Tompkins at ext. 146.  A complete schedule is being mailed to all JJC members and will be available in the front lobby or by request after January 20.

Menu and costs:

Dinner (Friday evening): A choice of Salmon Primavera with Squash and Zucchini strips and then topped with a Dijon Herb Panko, or Slow Roasted Brisket with our Cranberry-Wine sauce, or Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Cap.  All dinners come with Challah and Kiddush Wine, Spring Mix Salad with Carrot Ribbons, Cucumbers and Grape Tomatoes served with our House Dressing, Orzo with Chick Peas and Roasted Corn,  Grilled Vegetable Sauté , and Tea and Water    $28 per person, RSVPs needed 

Kiddush Lunch (Saturday):   Baked Potato Bar with Toppings, Spring Mix Salad with Diced Apples, Candied Walnuts and Dried Cranberries, and Vegetarian Chili,   Fresh Fruit, Assorted Sweets, Coffee, Punch and Water  Complimentary, RSVPs requested

Brunch (Sunday morning):  Egg and Cheese Souffle,  Assorted Bagels with Lox Spread, Capers, Tomatoes and Onions or Plain Cream Cheese and Butter Pats, Fresh Fruit Salad,  Coffee, Hot Tea, Orange Juice and Water  $12 per person, RSVPs needed  

On Saturday evening, a dessert reception for special contributers (Patrons and above) will be held at the home of Millie and Edward Tannen.

We hope you will join us!