Programs and schedule


Letters to the Ethicist

Beginning on Friday, November 29, Dr. Harvey Cohen will be leading discussions of Letters to NY Times Ethicist page during our Oneg. Kabbalat Services start at 7:30pm (unless noted otherwise).Additional dates: Friday, January 31, Friday, March 27. More dates to be added.


Cultural Programming Schedule: 2019-2020

Sunday Seminars: 11 AM Bagels and Coffee served.

Programs are free and open to public. 

Donations are appreciated.


Four Hundred Years That Changed the World: 200 BCE - 200 CE

Rabbi Sagal will be teaching 3 classes in Jewish History, sponsored by the Cultural Programming Committee.

Dates: Sunday, December 15, 2019; Sunday, January 5, 2020; Sunday, January 12, 2020 Time:11 am - 12 noon



Sunday, February 2 – Dan Rozett: Israeli Politics & American Jews

Join us for a dialogue between Dan Rozett, former soldier and reservist in the Israel Defense Force, and Rabbi Doug Sagal.

Dan Rozett is Jewish Federation’s Manager of Community and Israel Engagement. He is a native of Middlesex County and a graduate of local Jewish day schools, who returned to the U.S. in 2015 after living in Israel for 20 years. In Israel, Dan served in an IDF combat unit and combat reserves and worked in the fields of educational tourism and patent administration. Returning to the U.S., Dan chose Jewish communal work to serve the Jewish community, share his love for Israel and connect as many people in the heart of NJ to Jewish causes and the Jewish homeland.


February 23 – Theology and the History of Anti-Judaism in a Children's Book?

Join New York Times bestselling author Adam Gidwitz, and his wife, Lauren Mancia, medievalist and Assistant Professor History at Brooklyn College, to discuss Gidwitz's Newbery Honor and Sydney Taylor Award-winning book for young people, The Inquisitors' Tale. The Inquisitor's Tale is set in France in 1242, and tells the story of Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; William, a young monk on a mission from his monastery; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. These three unlikely allies are on the run to escape prejudice and persecution and to save Talmuds of France from being burned by King Louis IX. Gidwitz and Mancia will discuss the background of this rich historical adventure, the theological questions the book raises (including Why God Would Let Bad Things Happen to Good People), the little-acknowledged tradition of multiple perspectives in Medieval thought, and how children's literature can thoroughly and responsibly explore incidents of anti-Judaism beyond the Holocaust.


March 1 - Talbot Brody

Talbot "Tal" Brody (nicknamed Mr. Basketball; born August 30, 1943) is an American-Israeli former professional basketball player, and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, who lives in Israel. Brody was drafted # 12 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, but he chose to pass up an NBA career, to instead play basketball in Israel. He played on national basketball teams of both the United States and Israel, and served in the armies of both countries. Sponsored by Cultural Programming.


March 15 – Poetry Tribute to Jack Needle z”l (More info to come)