Announcements


December 9, 2017 Speaker: Nicholas Gura

posted Nov 16, 2017, 6:07 PM by Rifki Zable

Yavneh is pleased to welcome Nicholas Gura to give a d’var Torah on December 9: "Hebrew, Hidden Divine Messages, and the Light of Chanukah." Gura is the author of  Divine Wisdom and Warning: Decoded Messages of God, which  introduces a new way of using the ancient system of Gematria to interpret the text of the Torah.  Gura is an expert games player with degrees in bioengineering and Dentistry. He worked on Wall Street for over twenty years as a stock-options trader on the floor of the American Stock Exchange.

Uncovering the Forbidden: A View from Under the Bed

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:07 AM by Eli Cohen   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 7:25 AM ]

Yavneh is proud to announce 
the second installment of our “Mind, Body and Soul” series, 
which will continue on next Shabbat, March 12th with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus LCSW, MPH, PHD, who will deliver a talk titled, 

Uncovering the Forbidden: A View from Under the Bed,” 
during which Dr. Marcus will discuss why addressing issues of sex and sexuality is important for our community, and how issues of tzniyut and privacy affect our ability to deal with sexual issues and sex education.

Additionally, Dr. Marcus will be speaking over drinks and dessert at my home on Friday night, 
March 11th at 8:45
The topic of this talk will be “How to Talk to your children about Sex." 
Address will be provided upon RSVP. Simply respond to this email.

Termed “The Orthodox Sex Guru” by a recent profile in the NY Times,
Bat Sheva Marcus, is one of the founders and the Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health. One of the largest centers of its kind, the center is dedicated to helping women with a wide variety of sexual issues.  
Dr. Marcus earned her PhD in Human Sexuality at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, CA.  She also holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, a master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Marcus is the President of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and has sat on its board of directors for 16 years. 
She is a coordinator of her partnership minyan in Riverdale, Shachar and was past chair of the Women’s Tefillah Network.
Dr. Marcus has lectured internationally on women’s issues and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including CNBC, CBS News, Huffington Post Live. 
She has been written up many times in New York Times, Time Magazine and Westchester Magazine as well as a myriad of local publications.

 

Critics have declared that Yavneh and other partnership minyanim are “not Orthodox.” 
At Yavneh, our goal is to create a community where all people can come and explore their relationship with God, prayer and each other within the framework of Halakha
Does this truly put us outside the tent of Orthodoxy?  How are these boundaries determined and by whom?  What happens when the sources tell one story, but tradition another?
With this series, we seek to explore the stated boundaries of Modern Orthodoxy and what it means to be “in” or “out.”  
As partnership minyanim such as Yavneh continue to offer an alternative to Orthodox Jews dissatisfied with the traditional synagogue model, 
Yavneh is proud to offer speakers you won’t find at your local Orthodox synagogue — but who have much to say about the mind, body, and soul of Orthodox Jews.

 

On April 16, we will conclude by asking challenging questions about God and the soul with Dr. Erin Leib Smokler, director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, who will speak about spirituality and Modern Orthodoxy.  

 

We look forward to coming together as a community to delve deeply into these areas — to grow and to learn.  Please make sure to join us on March 12 as we continue this exciting series.

At this time, the Kiddish for March 12 is as yet unsponsored. Please let us know if you have an event or an occasion that you would like to celebrate with our community.

“Mind, Body and Soul” series

posted Feb 1, 2016, 4:42 AM by Eli Cohen

Yavneh is proud to announce our “Mind, Body and Soul” series, which will kick off next Shabbat, February 6th @ 9:15 at the Metropolitan Republican Club 122 East 83rd Street 

with 

Dr. Rabbi Zev Farber
who will deliver a talk titled, 
"Do We Need to Renounce Truth and Reason to be Good Jews? 
Thoughts on the Implications of Academic Biblical Scholarship.”   

As a TABS Fellow and editor of TheTorah.com, Dr. Farber has written extensively and authoritatively on Biblical scholarship, fearlessly asserting the theory of multiple authors and editors of the Torah, even in the face of harsh criticism and calls for his excommunication from the Orthodox community. 

Dr. Farber holds an M.A. from Hebrew University in Jewish History (biblical period) and Ph.D. from Emory University in Jewish Religious Cultures.  In addition to academic training, Dr. Farber holds ordination (yoreh yoreh) and advanced ordination (yadin yadin) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School. He was a founding board member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) and is the editor of Yeshivat Maharat’s journal, Keren.  Dr. Farber’s edited volumes on brain death and organ donation are forthcoming from Koren.  He also writes extensively for Morethodoxy and Jewish Values Online.

Like Dr. Farber’s detractors, critics have declared that Yavneh and other partnership minyanim are “not Orthodox.” At Yavneh, our goal is to create a community where all people can come and explore their relationship with God, prayer and each other within the framework of Halakha. Does this truly put us outside the tent of Orthodoxy?  How are these boundaries determined and by whom?  What happens when the sources tell one story, but tradition another.

With this series, we seek to explore the stated boundaries of Modern Orthodoxy and what it means to be “in” or “out.”  As partnership minyanim such as Yavneh continue to offer an alternative to Orthodox Jews dissatisfied with the traditional synagogue model, Yavneh is proud to offer speakers you won’t find at your local Orthodox synagogue — but who have much to say about the mind, body, and soul of Orthodox Jews.

The series will continue with the body at our meeting on March 12th, when Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, LMSW, MPH, Ph.D. will address issues related to sexuality, sexual education and halakhah.

And on April 16, we will conclude by asking challenging questions about God and the soul with Dr. Erin Leib Smokler, director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, who will speak about spirituality and Modern Orthodoxy.  

We look forward to coming together as a community to delve deeply into these areas — to grow and to learn.  
Please make sure to join us on February 6 as we begin this exciting series.

Please feel free to share this information with friends, both real and virtual, and invite them to join.

For more information on Dr. Farber and Biblical Scholarship, please see:

http://thetorah.com/torah-history-judaism-introduction/
http://morethodoxy.org/2013/07/25/the-torah-thetorah-com-and-the-recent-tumult-in-context-by-rabbi-zev-farber/   

November 22nd meeting at NY Academy of Medicine

posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:13 AM by Eli Cohen   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 10:23 AM ]

In honor of Moshe Tambor's Bar Mitzvah Yavneh will be meeting at the New York Academy of Medicine. 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street.

JOFA UnConference 2014

posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:08 AM by Eli Cohen

JOFA UNCONFERENCE: SPOTLIGHT ON PIONEERS AND INNOVATION

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

Over the past year, Orthodox women have engaged with ritual in confident and innovative ways, including reclaiming mikvah, wearing tefillin, training to become mashgichot in Israel, tying tzitzit, and reciting Kaddish in public. JOFA’s UnConference will shine a spotlight on these pioneers and innovations. Sessions will explore the role of authenticity in innovation, the process of creating new rituals, strategies for adapting traditionally male rituals so they are appropriate for women, and the ways in which communal leaders implement changes in their communities without alienating members. This event will include lectures, interactive workshops, text-based shiurim, unstructured conversations and networking opportunities. 

Click here

Yavneh to meet December 15

posted Nov 20, 2012, 6:35 AM by Eli Cohen

Yavneh is scheduled to meet on December 15, Shabbat Parshat Miketz, at 9:15 am at 122 East 83rd Street (The Republican Club).

If you are interested in reading Torah, Haftarah or sponsoring the kiddush, please contact Judy Abel at judy@yavneheastside.org.

We look forward to seeing you.

Rabbi Fox's Sermon 3.2.12

posted Mar 14, 2012, 6:57 AM by Eli Cohen

After our Scholar in Residence Shabbat we received several requests about Rabbi Fox's sermon entitled Mechitzah as a Tool of Inclusion. We are please to post it here. 

Yavneh to meet on March 31st

posted Mar 4, 2012, 6:47 PM by Eli Cohen

Yavneh is scheduled to meet on March 31, Parshat Tzav, at 9 am at 122 East 83rd Street (The Republican Club). We are looking for people to:
--Read Torah
--Daven Schacharit
--Daven Musaf
--Sponsor the Kiddush


If you are available to volunteer, please email Judy Abel at judy@yavneheastside.org


March 2nd and 3rd: Scholar in Residence and Kiddush

posted Feb 13, 2012, 11:44 AM by Eli Cohen   [ updated Feb 13, 2012, 11:45 AM ]

Friday night and Saturday services.
Yavneh is scheduled to meet on Friday night, March 2, and Shabbat morning March 3 for a special Shabbat with our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Jeffrey Fox. Rabbi Fox, who is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat, will explore "Mechitzot and Boundries: Who's In and Who's Out?" 

Kabbalat Shabbat services will begin at 5:45 on Friday, followed by kiddush and a shiur.

Shabbat morning services will begin at 9:15 followed by a shiur, kiddush and minchah.

Both meetings will take place at 122 East 83rd Street (The Republican Club).

Please RSVP to leoratan@yahoo.com.

Walk-ins welcome.

Yavneh to meet on Jan 7th

posted Dec 13, 2011, 5:00 AM by Eli Cohen

Yavneh is scheduled to meet on January 7, Shabbat Parshat Vayechi, at 9 am at 122 East 83rd Street (The Republican Club). We are looking for people to:
--Read Torah
--Daven Schacharit
--Daven Musaf
--Sponsor the Kiddush

If you are available to volunteer, please email Judy Abel at judy@yavneheastside.org

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