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Rabbi Sharon Brous | January 10 – 14, 2019

The North Peninsula Jewish Community presents 2019 Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Sharon Brous

Judaism in the Public Square: Facing Injustice, Finding Hope

The North Peninsula Jewish Community is honored to welcome Rabbi Sharon Brous, a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual road map for soulful, multi-faith justice work. Rabbi Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which has quickly become one of the most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Her 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.2 million people. Rabbi Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and serves on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America.


2019 Scholar-in-Residence Program Schedule

All programs free


Reclaiming Religion
Thursday, January 10 · 7:30 pm · Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School Ulam Gadol

When religion in the public square is seen as hate-filled, exclusionary, narrow-minded, and sometimes even violent, what would it take to reclaim a soulful, purposeful, inclusive vision of religious life?


Community Shabbat Dinner
Sorry, this dinner has been cancelled.


Now or Ever: Pursuing Justice in an Unjust World
Friday, January 11 · 7:45 pm · Peninsula Temple Beth El

Do we act with urgency and immediacy or work toward longer term, more strategic solutions? We’ll explore a tension between two perhaps contradictory spiritual and moral imperatives—rooted in the Talmud and the teachings of Dr. King—of critical importance to us as Jews and human beings in the world in this moment: the fierce urgency of now, and the fact that the arc of the moral universe, though it bends toward justice, is long.


The Amen Effect: I Can’t Heal You, But I Can See You
Saturday, January 12 · 7:00 pm Havdalah; 7:15 Lecture · Peninsula Sinai Congregation

Life is dialogical. Jewish practice is designed to pull us out of our existential loneliness and give us back access to the beauty and meaning in life.


From the Beginning: Sex, Gender and Power
Sunday, January 13 · 3:00 pm · Congregation Beth Jacob

Genesis chapters 1 and 2 paint two very different world views: one in which man and woman are created together, as equals, and one in which woman is created to serve and give pleasure to a powerful, dominant man. Both visions are possible in God’s creation, and we’re asked to choose: equality, or patriarchy. Our tradition struggles to reconcile these two narratives, even as our human community continues to build systems and structures that perpetuate the latter.


The Virtue of Dis/Unity: How Big is the Jewish Tent?
Monday, January 14 · 7:00 pm · Peninsula Temple Sholom

Ours is a tradition that honors dissent. And yet, our communal discourse often belies a kind of terror around breaking scripted norms. How do we manage the fine line between unity and uniformity? Join us for this exploration of traditional Jewish ideas around unity and community, and our willingness to make space for voices we disagree with.


Contact Information for Program Hosts

Peninsula Jewish Community Center

800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City

650.212.PJCC (7522)


Congregation Beth Jacob

1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City

650.366.8481 · bethjacobrwc.org


Peninsula Sinai Congregation

499 Boothbay Avenue, Foster City

650.349.2816 ·  peninsulasinai.org


Peninsula Temple Beth El

1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

650.341.7701 · ptbe.org


Peninsula Temple Sholom

1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame

650.697.2266 · sholom.org


Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School

800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City

650.378.2600 · wornickjds.org


Funded in part by Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Congregation Beth Jacob, Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Funded primarily by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.