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Jewish/Catholic dialogue, Beth Emeth’s history topics of upcoming Lunch and Learn

Rabbi Scott Shpeen

Rabbi Scott Shpeen will lead the Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn series in March and April. The first session will be a Jewish/Catholic dialogue at the Academy Road synagogue between the rabbi and  Bishop Scharfenberger from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 21 to discuss their recent joint trip to East Europe.

The following four lunch and learn sessions will focus on “180 Years of Beth Emeth History:  Yesterday  . . . .Today. . . . .Always” to commemorate the synagogue’s anniversary. From tumultuous beginnings with a fist fight on the Bima, Beth Emeth’s history as the fourth oldest Reform Congregation is a rich reflection of the evolution of the Reform Movement in America.

Rabbi Shpeen will be explore some interesting aspects of the Congregation’s history as well as their impact on the Capital District community and the Reform movement.

The Lunch and Learn sessions on March 28, April 11 and April 18 will be held at the synagogue between Noon and 1:30. On April 25, Rabbi Shpeen will lead a tour of the Bethlehem and Loudonville cemeteries. Transportation from the synagogue will be provided for this trip, with limited space, so reservations are necessary. Please contact Deb Sokoler with questions or to make reservations at 518.436-9761, ext. 230.

All the programs are free and open to the public. Attendees should bring their own lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. For more information, contact Deb Sokoler at dsokoler@bethemethalbany.org.



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