Come study with a truly original voice – Rabbi David Lazar of Jerusalem – a visionary scholar now visiting Temple Beth Zion in Brookline.  

We invite everyone to participate in this weekend of learning, spirituality, and community. Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline. Click here to see more details

April 30 – May 2

 Rabbi Lazar will be speaking at our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:00 PM,Shabbat morning services at 10:00 AM, and he will teach our Shabbat morning Torah study at 9:00 AM.

April 30, Friday night teaching:

Beyond Herzl’s Wildest Dreams: Jewish Inmates in Jewish Prisons in the Jewish State – from a lesbian couple in prison to Ethiopian-Israeli educators in Rwanda, Rabbi David Lazar of Tel Aviv will share with us some of the challenges confronting modern practical Zionism.

May 1, Shabbat morning teaching:

“This shall be their portion, for I am their portion” – Who are the Priests and Levites today? What do they do and how might they be doing it better? Rabbi David Lazar, director of RIKMA: Spiritual Community Leadership Development use this week’s Haftarah to address these questions and more.

May 2, Sunday evening: 

On May 2, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion, All Saints Parish, and the Brookline Clergy Association will cosponsor Midrash, Music & Monks: Learning Psalms with Christians in the Holy Land with Rabbi David Lazar of Jerusalem. Held at TBZ, 1566 Beacon St., Brookline. Admission Fee is $10 and $7 for seniors and students. For more info call: 617-566-8171 x14 or visit www.tbzbrookline.org

The book of Psalms remains a major source for both Christian and Jewish liturgical traditions. Both faiths also have a long tradition of commentary and interpretation delving into the various literary forms of the Psalter in an attempt to bridge the gap between the ancient writings and the contemporary reader. And when members of both religions openly come together in study and prayer, the book of Psalms provides inspiration and motivation for both parties to fix this world and work towards peaceful coexistence.

About Rabbi Lazar

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Rabbi David Lazar immigrated to Israel from Los Angeles, California in 1975. He studied and did his army service in the Hesder framework at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. After his army service he was one of the founders of Moshav Gan Or at Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. He holds a BA in Biblical studies from the Hebrew University; an MA and Rabbinical ordination from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem; and is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows program at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

He has served as Education Director at Kehilat Mevakshei Derech and was the Rabbi of Kehilat Ya’ar Ramot, both in Jerusalem. He has worked in a wide variety of educational frameworks:  the TALI school system, Camp Ramah in California and Canada, and in the NOAM and Young Judea youth movements.

David is the founding director of RIKMA: Spiritual Community Leadership Development and has just completed seven years serving as Rabbi for the Masorti Kehilat Tiferet Shalom in Tel Aviv. He is likewise active in many non-profit organizations such as the Israel AIDS Task Force, the Jerusalem Open House and the Rabbinical Assembly.



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