CSI: Scholar-in-Residence


March 11, 2022 - March 12, 2022    
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Congregation Sons of Israel
1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York/Westchester, 10510

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Congregation Sons of Israel welcomes our Scholar-in-Residence
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
President and CEO, Hadar Institute
“How can I pray what I don’t believe? New Approaches to Interpreting the Siddur”
Friday Night Dinner, March 11 at 6:45PM
Friday Night, March 11 at 8:00PM
Praying Anew: Unlocking Meaning in the Words of the Siddur (Livestream/On-site)
The Jewish prayer book is a collage of texts that reflect our deepest emotions, longings and experiences. But sometimes it takes some work to unlock this meaning. Together we will interpret the texts of our prayers, uncovering new insights and learning a method of understanding the prayer book in a new way.
Shabbat D’var Torah, March 12, 9:10AM
Can Doubters Pray? (Livestream/On-site)
Does traditional Jewish prayer make room for people who have doubts about God and/or doubts about the efficacy of prayer? How might an approach to rethinking the meaning of the prayers open up new possibilities for the skeptics among us?
Shabbat afternoon, March 12, 1:15PM
The Mourner’s Kaddish – A New Interpretation (Livestream/On-site)
Join us as we explore the essence of the Kaddish, perhaps the most misunderstood prayer in Judaism. We will move on an interpretive journey that has implications for all prayers we say. Along the way we will encounter the power of the Kaddish, a poignant depiction of God’s relationship with us, and what people can offer the Divine.