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Sinai Temple Fall Speaker Lineup

Rabbi Sheila Weinberg

SPRINGFIELD – Sinai Temple in Springfield will offer three special guest speakers this fall.
On Saturday morning, Oct. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m., Rabbi Sheila Weinberg will present “From the Heart:  A Spiritualist Looks at God.”
Rabbi Weinberg has served in multiple capacities in the Jewish community – including Hillel director, day school teacher and community relations professional.  She graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and was rabbi at the Jewish Community of Amherst.  She has a special interest in mindfulness, yoga and meditation and teaches for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She has written extensively on Jewish spirituality, social justice, feminism and parenting and is a major contributor to the Kol Haneshamah prayer book series. Her first book, “Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical Religious Memoir” was published in 2010. Weinberg is not a rationalist and will speak about her approach to faith.
On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9-10:30 a.m., Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, LLB, Ph.D., D.D, will present, “From the Head:  A Rationalist Looks at God.”
Rabbi Sonsino is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom, in Needham and a faculty member at Boston College’s Theology Department.

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino

Born in Turkey, he studied at Hebrew Union College for the rabbinate and received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has served congregations from Argentina to Boston. His articles on Bible and Judaica have appeared in many scholarly journals and he has written several books including “Finding God: Selected Responses,” and “What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death.” Sonsino is a rationalist and will talk about his “rational” faith.
The appearance of both Sheila Weinberg and Rifat Sonsino is made possible by a gift from the family of the late Si and Lillian Skolnick.
On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9:15 a.m., Dr. Samuel Kassow of Trinity College will speak on “The Time Capsules of the Warsaw Ghetto: On the Seventieth Anniversary – The Secret Archive Revealed.” This program is sponsored by Men of Sinai.  Breakfast will be served.)
Dr. Kassow is the world’s leading authority on Emanuel Ringelblum, who established a secret organization named Oyneg Shabes in Nazi-occupied Warsaw in 1940.  Retrieved after World War II from metal boxes and milk cans buried beneath the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto, the Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive records and preserves the fate of Polish Jewry.

Prof. Samuel Kassow

Kassow’s “Who Will Write Our History?  Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive” (2007) received the Orbis Prize and was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.  A child of Holocaust survivors, Professor Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.  Kassow is Professor of History in Trinity College, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and is a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews to be built in Warsaw.

For more information, call Sinai Temple at (413) 736-3619.

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