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Poltava Shabbat Dinner with Saxe Family Scholar-in-Residence Speaker Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

Friday, February 28, 2020 3 Adar 5780

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMSocial Hall

After our Friday evening Shabbat service with our Saxe Family Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, enjoy discussion with Rabbi Yanklowitz and a delicious community dinner prepared by the Poltava Committee.

The Discussion
Mussar and Middot: Changing the World from the Inside Out 

With society changing so fast and the deluge of news hitting us at such a constant, unnerving pace, one of the primary ways by which we address the messiness of the outer world is to address the messiness of our inner worlds. We yearn to step out of the cycles of cynicism that pervade our culture and engender positive change in our communities and in ourselves. To achieve this goal, we have to develop and refine our characters—our souls—so that we may realize our potential in this life. That is where the Jewish principles of mussar (ethical traits) and middot (character traits) come into play. For indeed, if we are to be the change we seek in the world, we must first actualize ourselves to be the change. And we can only change the world by challenging ourselves to be our best.

The Dinner

The dinner menu will feature:

  • chicken (pesto pasta alternative for vegetarians)
  • roasted potatoes
  • salad
  • veggies
  • assorted homemade desserts
  • Fred’s challah
  • wine

All proceeds from the dinner will support our award-winning sister synagogue in Ukraine, Congregation Beth Am of Poltava, as well as the World Union for Progressive Judaism's rabbinic studies program in Moscow. Cost is $25 (early bird) until Thursday, February 20; $30 per person starting Friday, February 21. Reservations will close Tuesday, February 25. Dinner reservations and payment are required. You can make your reservation and payment in one of three ways:

  1. Download and print the downloadable sign up form (also available in the Beth Am office). Complete the form, make check payable to “Congregation Beth Am” and mail by to Poltava Dinner, c/o Judy, 410 Pine Wood Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95032
  2. Complete the online sign up form below
  3. Call Judy at (408) 374-8331.


If you have questions, please call Judy at (408) 374-8331‬.

Beth Am's scholar-in-residence weekend is made possible by the Saxe Family Scholar-in-Residence Endowment Fund.

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