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Torathon 2014 Set for Nov. 8 in Worcester

WORCESTER – The Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts will present Torathon: The Jewish Search for Meaning and Purpose, on Saturday, Nov. 8, 5:20-10 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive.
The sessions cover a wide variety of topics including music, discussions, lectures, and workshops which will be facilitated by area rabbis, cantors, educators, and other experts. Registration begins at 5:20 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. There will be a community Havdalah ceremony from 5:45 – 6 p.m., followed by a keynote address given by Dr. Ron Wolfson from 6-6:50 p.m.
Dr. Ron Wolfson will be speaking on “Does Judaism Change Your Life? My Jewish Search for Meaning and Purpose.” He is the author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community and The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community.
There will be three sessions of classes, each beginning at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Some of the presenters and topics are:

“Every Person Counts: The Diversity of the Jewish Community and Welcoming Them In” presented by Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz, rabbi at B’nai Shalom in Westborough;

“Anti-Semitism on the Rise in America” with a speaker from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League);

“Pete Seeger, an honorary Jew,” presented by Sue Horowitz, singer and songwriter from York, ME;

A presentation on Mel Brooks by EJ Dotts of Beth Tikvah Synagogue;

A session on the Mussar with Rabbi Carol Glass;

A talk on current issues in Israel led by the new Israeli emissaries, Tal Livney and Aviv Jerby.

The session will be followed by dessert, coffee/tea, fruit, and a social hour. Tickets are $20 in advance (by Thursday, Nov. 6) and $25 at the door. For high school and college students, tickets are $5 in advance (by Thursday, Nov. 6) and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at and will also be available at all area synagogues, at the JCCs of Worcester and Westborough and at the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts.

For more information, call the Federation at (508) 756-1543 or email

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