Annual One Month Scholar in residence

Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program 20th Annual One Month Scholar Series:

“The Jewish Love Affair with Stories”

Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
Dates/Times: January 3, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Honoring: Tamar and Martin Brower


OMS Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Heritage Pointe (Mission Viejo, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Judea (Laguna Woods, CA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA) & Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA)

Jewish life has always been defined by two elements: law and legend, ritual and story, practice and belief. The realm of law was defined by key legal principles and was designed to evolve with new realities. While common practices united many Jewish communities, the realm of legend and storytelling was wildly diverse, wonderfully imaginative, and often boundary breaking. Together we will explore great Jewish tales, teachings about storytelling, and the ways in which stories can enrich our lives and bring us together. Over the course of this month together, we will travel along the timeline of Jewish history, sampling key stories and visiting great leaders, thinkers, mavericks, and rebels from the Bible through the modern age.

ARIEL BURGER is the founding director and senior scholar of The Witness Institute, a new project to empower emerging leaders, inspired by the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel. He is an author, artist, and teacher whose work integrates spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. An Orthodox-trained rabbi, Ariel received his PhD in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution at Boston University under Elie Wiesel. A lifelong student of Professor Wiesel, Ariel served as his Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008, after which he directed education initiatives at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. He recently published a book about his tenure with Elie Wiesel entitled “Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom” (winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Biography). As a Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults for non-profits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family. You can learn more about Ariel and see his art at this LINK.

2018 National Jewish Book Award for Biography). As a Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults for non-profits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

Martin and Tamar Brower have been long-time supporters of the Community Scholar Program, and Martin serves on CSP’s Board. Martin and Tamar moved to Orange County from Los Angeles in 1974, a year after Martin joined The Irvine Company as director of public relations, and they have been active members of Temple Bat Yahm since their arrival. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA where he was editor-in-chief of the Daily Bruin, Martin served on the boards of United Way of Orange County, the Orange County Jewish Community Foundation, and the Orange County chapter of the American Jewish Committee, where he was elected as president. He is the author of three books: “Los Angeles Jew: A Memoir,” “Orange County Jew: A Memoir,” and “The Irvine Ranch: A Time for People.” The daughter of a rabbi, Tamar was in the first graduating class of Brandeis University. In Orange County, she was an organizer and director of the former Orange County Hebrew High School; served on the founding board of Heritage Pointe, the Orange County Jewish home for the aging; and is on the board of Temple Bat Yahm’s Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), having served as area director in WRJ’s Pacific Region. Martin and Tamar live in Corona del Mar and have four married children, all of whom live in Southern California, and three grandchildren.

Celebrating our 20th year, the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program shares the joy of Judaism, builds community, and celebrates our Jewish heritage with a rich adult education program and unique family experiences. Whether we are picking apples for Rosh Hashana, celebrating Shabbat while camping, clapping along with Jewish Blues or Rock musicians, hosting a community-wide Shabbat Alive outdoors, learning with internationally-known scholars, making life-long Jewish friends at family and adult retreats, or providing distance learning programs during a pandemic, CSP has programs to offer for all ages. We ignite passion for Judaism!

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Sunday January 3, 2021, Opening Program:
    Time: (4:00 – 5:00PM PST/7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern)
    Topic: The Jewish Love Affair with Stories
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    The Bible begins with the story of creation and is filled with many other tales. Later Jewish texts offer a combination of law and legend, with the two intertwined. Why is storytelling so important? What do ancient and modern teachers say about the power of stories? How might we use stories to deepen our own lives?

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Tuesday Lunch Series, January 5, 12, 19 and 26:
    Time: (12:30 – 1:30 PM PST/3:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern)
    Topic: The Greatest Jewish Tales
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    An unapologetically biased curated series of what Ariel believes are the greatest Jewish tales of all time, based on several key elements of storytelling that we will discuss. We will explore lesser-known stories from the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, and Hasidism that challenge and complicate simplistic notions about God, what it means to be human, ethics, and meaning. **This series is only open to CSP Members.

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Wednesday Early Evening Series, January 6, 13, 20 and 27:
    Time: (4:00 – 5:00PM PST/7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern)
    Topic: Stories by and About the Chasidic Masters Pt. 1
    Topic: Stories by and About the Chasidic Masters Pt. 2
    Topic: Stories by and About the Chasidic Masters Pt. 3
    Topic: Stories by and About the Chasidic Masters Pt. 4
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    The Chasidic movement transformed Judaism into a continuous adventure, giving every Jew a ladder with which to rise above themselves. In this series, we will explore stories by and about four of the most important and influential Chasidic masters: (1) The Founder – The Baal Shem Tov, (2) The Organizer – The Great Maggid of Mezritch, (3) The Revolutionary: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and (4) The Quest for Authenticity – The Kotzker Rebbe.

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Thursday Lunch Series, January 7, 14, 21 and 28:
    Time: (12:30 – 1:30 PM PST/3:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern)
    Topic: Tales of Conflict and Wrestling with Sacred Texts Pt. 1
    Topic: Tales of Conflict and Wrestling with Sacred Texts Pt. 2
    Topic: Tales of Conflict and Wrestling with Sacred Texts Pt. 3
    Topic: Tales of Conflict and Wrestling with Sacred Texts Pt. 4
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    This will be a combination of analysis of tales of primary conflicts in Jewish history and teachings about constructive and destructive conflict. We will also examine ways that Jewish thinkers throughout history have taught us how to wrestle with difficult texts.

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Sunday Afternoon Series, January 10, 17 and 24:
    Time: (12:00 – 1:00 PM PST/3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern)
    Topic: The Life and Legacy of Elie Wiesel Pt. 1
    Topic: The Life and Legacy of Elie Wiesel Pt. 2
    Topic: The Life and Legacy of Elie Wiesel Pt. 3
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage–a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including Oprah’s Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said, “I am a teacher first.” Wiesel challenged his students to explore moral complexity and to resist the dangerous lure of absolutes. In this three-part series, we will explore (1) Elie Wiesel’s background, influences and life story, (2) key themes and favorite tales, and (3) Elie Wiesel’s legacy – his message for today.

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Sunday January 17th – Private Patron/Legacy Event
    Time: (4:00 – 5:00PM PST/7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern)
    Topic: Jewish Diversity and Pluralism
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    Diversity is a fact of Jewish life today. The radical openness of American society, where individuals craft their own identities based on choices that they make for themselves, leads to – and celebrates – all sorts of hyphenated and hybridized identities. Marriages to non-Jews, inter-marriage and adoption mean Jews, who have never been monolithic, are multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-racial in ways not known before. **This event is only open to CSP 5781 Patron level donors and Legacy Members.

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  • Date: Monday January 18, 2021
    Time: 10:00-11:30 AM PST/ 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST
    Topic: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community:
    Freudian Readings of the Hit Israeli Show Shtisel
    Speaker:
    Dedicated in honor of: Cheryl Beckerman and Rabbi Joel Berman

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    CSP Partners: Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY) & Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA)

    Join us as we explore the first two seasons of the hit Israeli show Shtisel in light of Freud’s writings about themes of mourning, attachment, death drives and libido. We will delve into the father-son (Shulem-Akiva) and mother-daughter (Giti-Ruchama) plotlines and character developments, as well as representations of dreams, memories and desires, enriching our understanding of the emotional drama and its phenomenal audience appeal. No prior reading is necessary, but familiarity with Shtisel is recommended. Season 3 of Shtisel, starring Michael Aloni (Akiva), Doval’e Glickman (Shulem), Neta Riskin (Giti) and Shira Haas (Ruchami), is coming to Netflix in Spring 2021.

    Dr Julia Wagner is a London-based lecturer and writer specializing in film and television. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (UCL) and an MA in Italian Studies (University of Edinburgh). She lectures widely, including teaching Film Studies courses for adults and regularly presenting her research at cultural centres and international conferences. Julia’s writing about film and television has been published by the British Film Institute, Sight and Sound, Huffington Post UK, Jewish Quarterly journal and The Jewish Chronicle. She recently curated Jewish Britain on Film, a JW3/BFI-funded archive project, and contributed to the British Film Institute’s Fellini Centenary season in 2020. Julia hosts Q&As with filmmakers and is passionate about film education and public engagement. Twitter: @jrwagz. Website: http://www.juliawagnerfilm.com

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Sunday January 24th – CSP Member Event
    Time: (4:00 – 5:00PM PST/7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern)
    Topic: Yiddish Folktales: A Learning and Art Experience
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    Join us for a Zoom exhibit of an illustrated Yiddish folktale. We will view the art, Ariel will offer an artist’s talk about the process of making the illustrations, and then we will analyze the story and (time permitting) look at Jewish texts related to the tale. **This program is only open to CSP Members.

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  • Annual One Month Scholar in residence
    Date: Sunday January 31st, Closing Event
    Time: (4:00 – 5:00PM PST/7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern)
    Topic: Jewish Spirituality 2021
    Speaker: Ariel Burger live from Sharon, MA
    Dedicated in honor of: Tamar and Martin Brower

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    What might a vibrant Jewish spirituality look like for our diverse community today? How might we design experiences and practices for ourselves and others that inspire? Drawing on teachings and practices of mystics and masters, we will learn some basic practices to enrich our lives.

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  • This program is fully funded by a grant from: