We're excited that 2015 is a year full of special events -- opportunities for learning, laughing, and coming together to share in great cultural experiences. Here are some of the special guest tours and upcoming programs.
February 13-20: Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman
Speaking Tour / Visiting Scholar
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman was ordained in 1969, received his Ph.D. in 1973, and has taught since then at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York. From 1984 to 1987, he directed its School of Sacred Music as well. In 2003, he was named the first Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. He teaches classes in liturgy, ritual, spirituality, theology and synagogue leadership. For almost forty years, he has combined research, teaching, and a passion for the spiritual renewal of North American Judaism.
October 29-November 2: Benji Lovitt
Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences throughout North America and Israel including Hillels, Birthright Israel, and Jewish Federations. His perspectives on life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications such as USA Today, Time Magazine, the Times of Israel, the Jewish Daily Forward, and the Jerusalem Post. His annual Yom Ha’atzmaut list of things he loves about Israel has developed a massive following and he works regularly with Jewish organizations to promote Israel.
December 6-14: Billy Jonas
Chanukah Music Tour
Billy Jonas is one of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences. For more than two decades, his creative, spiritual and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired people from all walks of life — touching hearts, souls, and minds world-wide. His shows have taken him from the White House and Kennedy Center to Limmud UK and Israel. In addition to conventional instruments (voice & guitar), Billy Jonas makes innovative use of "found objects" -- homemade “industrial re-percussion” creations. He helps audiences discover the music within common items ... and within themselves.