Discussions of Jewish Interest and Concern


All Hakafa adults are invited to join us at the Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe) on Sunday mornings from 10:35 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for discussions of Jewish interest and concern led by Rabbi Elder, local experts, and congregation members that will focus on three general topics:

  1. Jewish Unity - Questions to be addressed include: Does Jewish unity exist? Should it? How do Jews from various religious, political, and social realities view one another? What will this mean for the Jewish community in years to come?
  2. Social Justice in the Current Political Climate – Questions include: Racism in the Jewish community – what is our role in it? What is the history of Jews in the Labor Movement? Do we Jews have a special responsibility to address immigration injustices and refugee rights?
  3. Issues Impacting our Personal Lives - Topics will include: Jewish Mindfulness; Parenting Teens: lessons from a Jewish Mother; Caring for an aging parent; and, Supporting a transgender child.

2017-18 Discussion Dates and Topics - MORE COMING SOON
September 17, 2017
- Has the Wall become a wall between us? with Rabbi Elder

September 24, 2017 - SHAL-OMMMMMM: A Practical Introduction to Jewish Mindfulness (Part I) with Sabrina Bahir 

October 1, 2017 - SHAL-OMMMMMM: A Practical Introduction to Jewish Mindfulness (Part II) with Sabrina Bahir 

October 22, 2017 - Anti-Oppression Workshop with Vickie R. Sides
November 5, 2017 - One Congregation, One Book: Discussion of Judas by Amos Oz with Jonah Orlofsky
November 19, 2017 - Pursuing the Pursuer: To what degree does our responsibility to stop others from creating greater harm extend? with Rabbi Elder
December 10, 2017 - Parenting Teens: A Conversation with a Jewish Mother with Linda Weinstein
December 17, 2017 - LGBTQ 101 with Ellie Molise
January 21, 2018 - Finding a Place at the Table with Rabbi Michael Davis and Rabbi Elder
February 4, 2018 - Jewish Roots of the Labor Movement with Emily Rosenberg
February 25, 2018 - Nurturing a Meaningful Spousal Relationship with Dr. Alexandra Solomon

March 11, 2018 - Anti-Oppression Workshop (Part II) with Vickie R. Sides
March 18, 2018 - Parenting Workshop: Who is Shaping Gen Z? with Dawn Levin
April 15, 2018 - 
Parenting Workshop: Talking to Kids about Difficult Current Events  with Tracey Kite
April 22, 2018 -  
Tight Budgets  & Tough Choices: Poverty, Decisions, and Why Legal Aid Matters with Carol Brumer

April 29, 2018 - One Congregation, One Book Discussion of The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes