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Shabbaton with Rabbi Charlie Savenor

Congregation B’nai Israel and the CBI Enrichment Fund Present
Shabbaton with Scholar-In-Residence Rabbi Charlie Savenor

$30/Adult, $15/Child (3-12 yrs)
includes all meals and lectures
$5 discount/person for RSVP by March 13th
No charge for 5777 CBI Enrichment Fund Annual Patrons

Friday, March 17th
6:00 pm Services
7:00 pm Shabbat Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture

Friday Night Topic:
Mystery and History: George Washington’s Letter to the Jews
Washington’s letter to the Jews of Newport, RI creates a precedent of equality unknown to Jews during centuries of exile. However, many questions exist about this 1790 document, including who actually wrote the letter and what our first president meant.

Saturday, March 18th
9:30 am Services
Noon Kiddush Luncheon
1:00 pm Lecture

Saturday Afternoon Topic:
Did the Punishment Fit the Crime?
The real reason why Moses does not get to enter the Land of Israel.

Charlie Savenor joined the Park Avenue Synagogue staff as Director of Congregational Education in July, 2014, from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), where he served as the Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Development and as Executive Director of its Metropolitan New York District. He was an international resource for 620 affiliated Conservative synagogues in the areas of leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, communications, volunteer engagement, curriculum, youth programming, and enrichment. In addition to organizing conferences, workshops and webinars throughout North America, he served as the lead program developer for United Synagogue’s Centennial Celebration and he directed “Family Israel Experience” journeys to Israel. Prior to USCJ, Rabbi Savenor was the Associate Dean and Director of Admissions at the Jewish Theological Seminary (2001-2008) and Associate Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago (1996 to 2001.) Rabbi Savenor’s articles on parenting and Jewish values have appeared in numerous publications. He and his wife, Julie Walpert, are the parents of two young boys, Joseph and Benjamin.