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Family and Friends

"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.

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Learning and Prayer

We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.

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Compassion and Social Action

Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.

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Introducing our New Reyim Lab for Jewish Spirituality

Seeking spiritual meaning is the heart of Jewish tradition. In modern times, however, it so often eludes us. We were taught to read or even sing the words in a siddur, but did we also learn how to pray?; how to develop a relationship with the Sacred?; how to call out and express our thoughts, fears, joy, hope, wonder, and vulnerability?

This new lab for Jewish spirituality at Reyim is meant to help us deepen our Jewish spiritual growth and learning. Together we will create a spiritual development program that will include the study of Mussar (the Jewish ethical spiritual tradition), singing nigunim, Jewish meditation, study of Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, spiritually-focused prayer services, individual spiritual direction/counseling, and creativity in arts that help us connect our lives to a sense of the holy.

Jewish Spirituality

A New Course with Rabbi Berman: The Wisdom of our Ancient Talmudic Tradition

Begins Tuesday November 19 at 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Berman

Looking to the wisdom of our ancient tradition helps us clarify what we feel is true and morally non-negotiable, and find purpose and meaning in our lives. We will study Talmudic texts that address universal concerns that, two millennia later, are still at the heart of the human struggle.

This class will be interactive, conversational and spiritually-focused. While we will be looking at Hebrew and Aramaic to deepen our understanding of the texts, you don't need any background to join us.

Please join us on Tuesday November 19. Winter semester class continues on the following dates: December 3 and 10, January 7 and 21 and February 4 and 25.

The Wisdom of our Ancient Talmudic Tradition

Community Dinner and Game Night

November 24, 4:30 PM

Please join us for Game Night sponsored by the Youth Committee. All ages are welcome! Come play games (bring your own favorites if you want!), eat good food and start your Hanukkah shopping. We’ll have games provided by Gamewright, a local company with award-winning games and jigsaw puzzles for ages three through adults. Like the game or puzzle? You can buy it that evening! The proceeds are shared with Temple Reyim.

The evening will start with games followed by a light dinner and then we play some more! Games and puzzles are purchasable by check or cash.

Dinner is $5/person, $20/family maximum. RSVP by November 20 by using the PayPal link below or email Jenn Goldberg.

Can’t make it that night but still want to buy games or puzzles? Contact Jenn Goldberg for more information.

Game Night
Game Night

Reyim Beit Midrash Series

Shai Asfai: Benjamin Franklin's Influence on Jewish Thought and Practice - November 24 at 10 AM

In his twenties, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. Franklin's method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition of mussar through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin's Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. We will discuss this surprising historical development, as well as its impact and influence on Judaic scholars and Franklin academics.

Shai Afsai is a writer and educator living in Providence, RI. His recent research has focused on the writings of Thomas Paine, Jews and Freemasonry, the religious traditions of the Beta Yisrael Jewish community from Ethiopia, emerging Judaism in Nigeria, Jewish pilgrimage to Ukraine, and Jews and Irish literature. His work on Franklin and Judaism has been published in The Journal of the American Revolution and The Review of Rabbinic Judaism. He earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Library Information Science from the University of Rhode Island, and received an MAT in Secondary English from Rhode Island College.

Saul Zaritt

2life

Presentation By Marc Freedman On Aging, Living Well And Remaining Connected To Community

Led And Sponsored By 2life Communities
Thursday December 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Dinner at 6:00 PM and presentation at 7:00 PM

We are partnering with 2Life Communities to host an open and honest conversation about aging in community. Please join us for this very special event, as we host Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and a nationally recognized social entrepreneur. Marc will lead a discussion on the Value of Volunteering, sharing his experience and insights while discussing the many benefits of volunteerism as we age in communities, and inviting you to tap into your passions and talents. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with 2Life CEO Amy Schectman. Please register here.


Renewing Our Commitment To Social Responsibility: Join Us For Community Parlor Meetings

Sunday December 15 at 10:00 AM
Tuesday December 17 at 7:30 PM
With refreshments

We are renewing our commitment to fulfill the Jewish mandate to care for those who are vulnerable through social advocacy and action. We want to learn from you:

  • What moves you?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you feel we can do as a community to make an important imprint in moving our world forward in a way that reflects our core values of empathy, compassion, and justice?

Please join us on one of these two dates for a rich and important conversation led by our Areyvut Committee Chair, Kim Gilbert, President Mara Bloom, and Rabbi Berman

It is important that you RSVP here so we can plan accordingly.


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