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Past, Present, and Future of Health Insurance in the U.S.| Panel and Brunch

Gevarim Food for Thought Series

Join us on Sunday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m.
A Panel Disccusion and a Brunch

Sign-up for brunch and reserve your place

Panel: TI members -

Jenny Bryant (Senior Vice President, Policy and Research, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America)
Stan Dorn (Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute)
Howard Gleckman (Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute)
Ruth Tabak (Health Insurance Specialist, Plan Payment and Financial Management, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS)

$10 Gevarim and Kol Nashim members / $12 all others

Sponsored by Gevarim

Questions? Please contact
Andrew Reamer at TIGevarim@Tifereth-Israel.org


Water Resources Action | Environmental Issues, Israel and West Bank

Gevarim Food for Thought Series

Environmental Stewardship in Israel and the West Bank

Join us on Sunday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Discussion and Brunch with Julie Weissman
of Water Resources Action Project (WRAP)

Sign-up for event

Julie Weisman is a WRAP board member, environmental attorney (Carter, Ledyard, Millburn LLP) and adjunct professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Moderator: TI member Sylvia Horwitz (Attorney, Office of General Counsel, EPA)

  • Water Resources Action Project, Inc. (WRAP) is a volunteer non-profit organization that seeks to improve the public health of underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship.
  • WRAP actively sponsors, designs, and constructs rainwater harvesting systems in schools suffering from dire water shortages, complemented by a strong environmental educational program.
  • Its mission is to improve the quality of life for underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship, while operating with strict political and religious neutrality.
  • Its hope is that by easing the growing water conflict and educating individuals and institutions at the grassroots level on the value and interconnectedness of water, it can foster a greater awareness and appreciation for human health and the environment.

$10 for Gevarim and Kol Nashim members, $12 all others

Sponsored by Gevarim     Questions? Please contact
Andrew Reamer at TIGevarim@Tifereth-Israel.org


KN Presents | Improv Theater


Saturday Night, November 14, 7:30 p.m.

A TI Improv and Spiel-In


All are welcome, and all are invited to participate

Skits, scenarios and improvisations - stand-up comedians are welcome

Coordinated by Louise Parker Kelley

RSVP Today to KNImprov@Tifereth-Israel.org if you would like to participate

Refreshments will be served

More details to come












Shalem | Israel Confronts the Holocaust


Saturday Afternoon, 1:15 p.m.
October 24th

By David (Judy) Cohen

As Americans, whose Jewish identity has been molded by the Holocaust, it comes as a surprise, if not a shock, to learn that Israeli attitudes toward, and treatment of, the Holocaust are very different from our own. In fact, until the 1961 Eichmann trial, Israelis did not acknowledge the full truth about the Shoah, and even today cast it in a somewhat conflicted light. Why is this so? The answer lies in traditional Zionist ideology, the Yishuv’s pre-World War II attitudes toward the Diaspora which linger today, and even the opportunism of domestic Israeli partisan politics. David Cohen will explore these and other issues in this fascinating aspect of Israeli culture.

David Cohen and his wife Judy were married at Tifereth Israel in 1965. David has served on the TI board and in three different vice president positions, and is currently a Chaver on the Funeral Practices Committee and editor of The Menorah.

David was a career Senior Executive in the Federal government for 34 years, serving primarily in the Office of Economic Development and the Department of Housing and Urban Development before retiring in 1994. He managed anti-poverty, community development, and low-income housing grant and loan programs; while at HUD, he was the first director of the $2 billion HOME program. In retirement David has been an active volunteer in two homeless programs—the Anne Frank House, a small DC all-volunteer non-profit; and Friendship Place, a large and growing Ward 3-based community organization.

Sponsored by TI Adult Education

Questions? Please contact
Jessica Weissman at TIShalem@Tifereth-Israel.org


The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History

Gevarim Food for Thought Series

Join us on Sunday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m.
A Book Discussion and a Brunch


Author: Lisa Moses Leff, Professor of History, American University

Book: The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish
History in the Wake of the Holocaust

Moderator: TI member Allan Tulchin (Professor of History and Philosophy,
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania)

  • In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski gathered up tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin, and later, public archives and private synagogues in France, and moved them all, illicitly, to New York. 
  • In The Archive Thief, Lisa Moses Leff reconstructs Szajkowski's story in all its ambiguity. Born into poverty in Russian Poland, Szajkowski first made his name in Paris as a communist journalist. In the late 1930s, as he saw the threats to Jewish safety rising in Europe, he broke with the party and committed himself to defending his people in a new way, as a scholar associated with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. 
  • Following a harrowing 1941 escape from France and U.S. army service, Szajkowski struggled to remake his life as a historian, eking out a living as a YIVO archivist in postwar New York. His scholarly output was tremendous nevertheless; he published scores of studies on French Jewish history that opened up new ways of thinking about Jewish emancipation, modernization, and the rise of modern antisemitism. 
  • But underlying Szajkowski's scholarly accomplishments were the documents he stole, moved, and eventually sold to American and Israeli research libraries, where they remain today. 
  • Part detective story, part analysis of the construction of history, The Archive Thief offers a window into the debates over the rightful ownership of contested Jewish archives and the powerful ideological, economic, and psychological forces that have made Jewish scholars care so deeply about preserving the remnants of their past.


Book is available for puchase at a discount, $25

$12 ($2 discount for Gevarim and Kol Nashim members)

Sponsored by Gevarim

Questions? Please contact
Andrew Reamer at TIGevarim@Tifereth-Israel.org


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KN Presents | Pita and Flatbreads with Jessica


Pita bakingSunday Morning October 18
9:15 a.m. till noon

With Jessica Weissman

Kol Nashim is proud to present Jessica Weissman in a new baking demo and hands on experience for the participants. We announce "Flatbreads and Pita."  All would be bakers are welcome.

Foccacia, fougasse, naan, pita, socca, chappati, matzah, maneesh, tortillas, arepas.  These are a few of the best-known flatbreads from around the world.  Some use yeast, and some are unleavened. Some are lean, some incorporate oil or milk or yogurt.  You can bake them on a stone or sheet, you can cook them on a griddle or a frying pan, and you can even grill them on your barbecue.  We'll try out a few representative types using different techniques, and we may even have time for some impromptu crackers.  You'll leave with an understanding of how ingredients, shaping, and time affect the outcome.

Please let us know in advance if you plan on attending so we know how many to prepare for.  If you forget, come anyway.

RSVP to KNRsvp@Tifereth-Israel.org











Shalem | Jewish Roots of American Communities, and their future


Saturday Afternoon, 1:15 p.m.
November 21st

By Yoni Appelbaum

Having studied this topic as an academic, and now covering it as a writer, Yoni Appelbaum will talk about the long arc of associational life in the United States – from the nineteenth century, when most contemporary communal institutions took shape (including many of the Jewish ones), to the present day.

Yoni Appelbaum has a PhD in American History from Brandeis, was a lecturer on history and literature at Harvard, and is now a Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is a member of our neighbor across the street, Ohev Shalom.

Sponsored by TI Adult Education

Questions? Please contact
Jessica Weissman at TIShalem@Tifereth-Israel.org


Yours, Mine, Ours | Jewish View of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah

Sunday Mornings, 11:15 - 12:05 a.m.

Nov 22 - Discuss Thanksgiving
Dec 6 - Discuss Hanukkah
Dec 13 - Discuss Christmas

By Rabbi Avis Miller

We need a minimum of eight people registered
(three days before first class) - to make this happen!


The fall holidays give us the opportunity to explore the connection (or disconnect!) between our identities as Americans and as Jews.  Together we will discuss the Jewish roots of Thanksgiving, and what Jews can bring to the table service; Jewish/rabbinic themes in Jesus’ birth narrative as presented in the Gospels; and the Hanukkah story as a Rorschach for contemporary Jewish concerns of assimilation and Jewish unity.

Rabbi Avis Miller is Rabbi Emerita of Adas Israel, and President of Open Dor Foundation, Inc.

$15 for each class for TI members / $40 for all three
$18 for non-members / $50 for all three


Sponsored by TI Adult Education

Questions? Please contact
Allan Tulchin at TIAdultEd@Tifereth-Israel.org







Membership Promotion

Tifereth Israel Congregation

Winter/Spring 2019 Membership Package


Join our Jewish family!

We are a vibrant and engaging egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members of every description – young, senior, married, single, intermarried, with or without children, LGBTQ, traditionally observant, exploring Jewish observance, and more.

TI is warm and welcoming. Each member and each family brings something unique to the community. Come pray with us and pull up a chair at our Saturday Kiddush luncheon. Join TI and make a home for yourself!

Our membership promotion

  • Dues reduction of 50% off full regular dues for January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019
  • Two free Shabbat dinners for the adults and children in your family
  • Tuition reduction for your children at the Himmelfarb or Chai School—free for the firstchild in your family and 50% off for your other children. Planning to have children inthe future? This part of the offer can be used whenever you have someone ready forschool.

For more information call Sheri Blonder at (202) 882-1605 x304.

Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20012


Phone: 202-882-1605  Fax: 202-829-0635


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Questions? Contact Sheri Blonder at (202) 882-1605 x304

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