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Faith In Brooklyn for Oct. 8

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

By Francesca Norsen-Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Faith-Based Food Ministries Receive Meat Products, in Partnership with Borough Hall, Turkish Cultural Center. Custom Is Part of Muslim Eid Al-Adha Festival of Sacrifice

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined forces with the Turkish Cultural Center Brooklyn — a nonprofit organization based in Sheepshead Bay — and Embrace Relief — a global relief effort providing aid to the underserved and those struck by disaster — on Oct. 1 to distribute 1,500 pounds of meat to food pantries across Brooklyn.

The borough president’s donation drive, which has become an annual Brooklyn tradition, is part of the observance of Eid Al-Adha, a Muslim festival also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. According to Islamic custom, observers distribute meat as charity to commemorate Abraham’s obedience to God as he was tested to sacrifice his son. Several interfaith leaders joined Adams in underscoring the importance of serving the less fortunate in the borough.

The meat was then distributed to representatives of many faith-based food pantries around Brooklyn, including Downtown. First Presbyterian Church operates a client-choice model food pantry, open to the public every Thursday morning. Plymouth Church participates in several hunger relief ministries, including St. John’s Bread & Life and Christian Help in Park Slope (CHiPS). Representatives from those groups were present, as were representatives from Beraca Baptist Church in Canarsie, Full Gospel Assembly in Crown Heights, God’s Battalion of Prayer in East Flatbush, Los Sures Social Services in Williamsburg, Trinity Human Services Corporation in Williamsburg, True Holy Church in Ocean Hill, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Maranatha SDA Church in East Flatbush, Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day in East Flatbush, Church of God of East Flatbush in Brownsville and Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger in Bedford–Stuyvesant.

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Nightshul Offers Array of Classes, From Liturgy to Siblings in the Bible

The East Midwood Jewish Center is set to launch a new season of Nightshul, the New Adult Learning Program for Brooklyn’s Progressive Jewish Community.

Nightshul begins on Thursday, Oct. 15 with an introduction, then with five different three-week classes on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.

A wide variety of scholars, men, women, rabbis, cantors and other educators will present talks about such subjects as sisters and brothers in the Bible, forgiveness, facing death, social justice issues, glimpses of Jewish history (Jewish humor from the Bible to TV comedians), the history of Warsaw and the rural liquor trade in the Russian empire. Also offered is an ongoing course titled “Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults,” which is available year-round in various locations for prospective converts.

The course selections are: “Sisters & Brothers in the Bible,” to be taught by Dr. Rabbi Barat Ellman; “Turning & Letting Go: Jewish Ways of Forgiveness” (faculty: Rabbi Regina Sandler-Philips); “Ulpan Hebrew” (faculty: Moran Ben-Shaul Lantner); “Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults” (Rabbi Sue Oren); and “Learn to Lead Weekday Shacharit, the Morning Service” (Cantor Sam Levine).

Nightshul faculty members include: Rabbi Matt Carl and Cantor Sam Levine, both of East Midwood Jewish Center; Rabbi Sue Oren, a Brooklyn based educator for Jewish interfaith and secular programs; Dr. Rabbi Barat Ellman, a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and adjunct professor of theology at Fordham University and Bard College; Glenn Dynner, professor of religion at Sarah Lawrence College and senior NEH fellow at the Center for Jewish History; Hershey Friedman, professor of business and author of several scholarly articles on business ethics, marketing and psychology; educator Moran Ben Shaul Lantner; Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH, executive director of WAYS OF PEACE; Rabbi Sara Zecharia, educator on Torah, midrash and Talmud and on women’s studies and holistic living; and Lisa Zbar, founder of the Shir Chadash-Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus.

Each Nightshul evening begins with a wine-and-cheese social hour at 7 p.m. Classes follow from 8 to about 9:30 p.m. Occasional “after-session parties” will happen. Each month, from November through May, two to four new courses will begin. The ongoing classes of “Ulpan Hebrew” and “Introduction to Judaism” will continue through March 26, 2016.

While the East Midwood Jewish Center sponsors Nightshul, the program is for the entire Jewish community and all who are curious about the Bible, the Talmud and other Jewish sacred writings.

Fees are as follows: season pass, $175; one-month, three-week ticket, $35; and individual sessions, $15. For more information and to subscribe, visit the EMJC’s NightShul webpage at www.nightshul.org. The fee structure is modest thanks to two corporate sponsors: Astoria Bank and Sherman’s Flatbush Memorial Chapel.

The East Midwood Jewish Center is a Conservative egalitarian congregation, which welcomes everyone, regardless of their level of Jewish learning. More information is available via phone, website and email: 718-338-3800, www.emjc.org, or info@emjc.org.

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Episcopal Parish Breaks Ground For New ‘Brooklyn Manor’ Worship and Residential Complex

From the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island/Episcopal Journal