The Tirdof series draws from the phrase “tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” which translates to “justice, justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). We’ve heard many of you express a desire for this type of programming and we are focusing on bringing events to Beth El that allow opportunities for reflection, conversation and action. Reach out to Margaret Norman with any questions.  

View the Congregational Calendar to access the most up-to-date program details and registration information.

Rabbi’s Beit Midrash: Heschel and King

Noon to 1 pm, Thursdays weekly on Zoom

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Meeting ID: 836 0106 5775

In 1963, an unlikely relationship emerged between two leading clergymen, who were unlikely to have known each other apart from being thrown together during the height of the Civil Rights Movement by the force of their ideas and their audacious claims upon the conscience of America. Come explore their theological relationship and mutual support in activism. What brought these two men of faith together? What made these thinkers such a dynamic duo?

Join us for this ongoing discussion!

Tirdof Discussion Group: The Movement Continues

7-8 pm, Feb. 15

In December we gathered to discuss the Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s Virtual Vacation feature, “Empathy or Complicity? Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights.” Now, join us for “The Movement Continues,” a conversation between Carolina Jews for Justice, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ISJL’s Community Engagement Department. Participants are asked to view the video ahead of time and come ready to discuss. Those who register by Thursday, Feb. 11, will receive a special snack dropped off in advance! “If you live more than 5 miles from Temple Beth El, we invite you to pick up your snack at the front office on Feb. 15. See the Temple Beth El calendar for Zoom registration.

Against Analogy: Talking About Racism and Anti-Semitism Together and Apart

1:30-2:30 pm, Feb. 28

When is it illuminating to see our story in others? When does analogy obscure? Join us for this discussion on the intersections and divergences of racism and anti-Semitism and the pros and cons of comparative conversations. Dr. Daniel Levine, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama, will lead us in discussion and participants will be asked to do a short reading ahead of time. See the Temple Beth El calendar or website for Zoom registration.

Beth El Civil Rights Experience: Call for Lay Leaders!  

Did you know that the Beth El team has been busy developing a plan for an innovative project focused on Birmingham’s Jewish and Civil Rights history? If you are interested in getting your feet wet in an exciting multimedia community history project, get in touch! Have a Civil Rights story to share? A passion for research or grant writing? An interest in historic markers, oral history, or audio editing? Just want to learn more about this fascinating history or about the project? All skill sets and knowledge levels are welcome. Contact Margaret to learn more.