Before and After Elie Wiesel

Next Event: February 23, 2015 Sharon

Holocaust survivor, witness, human rights activist, teacher: Elie Wiesel has been a unique Jewish presence for more than half a century.

Join Rabbi Ariel Burger, a student of Wiesel, as he explores some of the seminal events and themes of the 20th century through the lens of one Jewish leader’s life. He will examine Wiesel’s influences, impact and legacies, as well as key questions with which he has wrestled. What does it mean to be a witness? How does one maintain hope after terrible suffering? What role does learning play in survival? The group will study and reflect on these and other important themes in our lives as Jews and human beings.

This four-session lecture/discussion series is free of charge. It takes place on Monday evenings Feb. 23, March 2, March 9 and March 16, 7:30-9 p.m., at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St., Sharon, MA.
Please RSVP with which sessions you will attend to the Temple office at 781-784-6081.

Ariel Burger is a teacher, rabbi and artist, and past director of the Commission on Life and Learning at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, creating strategies for educational and organizational change across the Greater Boston area. Most recently he developed and launched an adult learning initiative to engage many more first-time participants in Jewish learning. He completed his doctorate in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution with Elie Wiesel at Boston University, where he served as Wiesel’s teaching fellow for five years. He lives in Sharon with his family.

This event is part of a large, exciting series of programs being held throughout the year in connection with Temple Sinai’s Holocaust Torah Scroll Restoration Project. The temple has undertaken a year-long project to restore its Holocaust Torah Scroll, number 655, one of 1,564 scrolls recovered in Prague after the Holocaust. It dates back to the late 1700s and is one of the last remaining artifacts of the Jewish community of Prestice, Czechoslovakia.
Currently marred by holes, missing letters and seams that need to be re-sewn, this precious scroll remains beautiful, with both Ashkenazi and Sephardic elements and hidden mystical symbols waiting to be discovered.

Trained Torah scribe Rabbi Kevin Hale will be restoring the Torah. During this process, community members and children in the Temple’s Religious School have the opportunity to participate in special Torah letter writing sessions with Rabbi Hale.

Upcoming events in this year-long series will include music of Eastern Europe and a Holocaust survivor speaker. For more information, visit

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Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Temple Sinai of Sharon
25 Canton St
Sharon, MA 02067

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