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Services, Events, and Speakers Program

Hendrix Hall - Unitarian Meeting House

Hendrix Hall – Unitarian Meeting House

Congregation Shirat Ha Yam sponsors weekly Shabbat Services at 7:00 pm. Unless stated otherwise, Shabbat Services are held in Hendrix Hall at the Unitarian Meeting House, 11 Orange Street, Nantucket, MA.

Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study.

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Welcome, Back Reception & Shabbat Service

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Welcome Back Reception in the Gardenbehind Hendrix Hall – 6:00 pm Shabbat Services led by Avi Teken and children of the Shirat Ha Yam Religious School – 7:00 pm.

Friday

May 27, 2016

Shabbat Services

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Shabbat Services led by a lay leader.

Friday

June 3, 2016 - 7 PM

Community Pot-Luck Shabbat Dinner & Shabbat Service – RSVP Required

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Community Pot-luck Shabbat Dinner in a private home prepared by congregation members and open to all past, present and prospective members, 6:00 pm. Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor. RSVP: …continue reading Community Pot-Luck Shabbat Dinner & Shabbat Service – RSVP Required

Friday

June 10, 2016 - 6 PM

Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor

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Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study   Call 508-228-6588 or shayam@comcast.net for location.

Saturday

June 11, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Breakfast with ‘Raise the Roof’ Filmmakers and Film Showing – RSVP Required

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Breakfast at 9:30 am with the filmmakers behind the Raise the Roof documentary in a private home. Raise the Roof is the inspirational story of the restoration of Gwoździec, an …continue reading Breakfast with ‘Raise the Roof’ Filmmakers and Film Showing – RSVP Required

Sunday

June 13, 2016

Tea with Geraldine Brooks – RSVP Required

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Tea with Geraldine Brooks, author of “People of the Book”, at 2:30 pm in a private home. Location TBD. RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Friday

June 17, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Shabbat Service

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Shabbat Services led by a lay leader.

Friday

June 17, 2016 - 7 PM

Nantucket Book Festival Luncheon with Geraldine Brooks – RSVP Required

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Nantucket Book Festival Luncheon with Geraldine Brooks, “Shepherd to Soldier: The Saga of King David” 12:00 – 1:30 pm at the Dreamland Harborview Room. 15 tickets are being held for …continue reading Nantucket Book Festival Luncheon with Geraldine Brooks – RSVP Required

Saturday

June 18, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Shabbat Service

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Shabbat Services led by a lay leader.

Friday

June 24, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Larry Cohler-Esses & Shabbat Service

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Larry Cohler-Esses, author “Talking Torah in Tehran – How Iran’s Jews Live in the Mullahs World”. Shabbat Services led by a lay leader. Special Sephardic Oneg will follow.

Friday

July 1, 2016 - 7 PM

Torah Study Group with Rabbi Diane Cohler-Esses

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Torah Study Group on Saturday morning with Rabbi Diane Cohler-Esses, first woman Rabbi ordained at Jewish Theological Seminary from a Syrian community. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am …continue reading Torah Study Group with Rabbi Diane Cohler-Esses

Saturday

July 2, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Service, Rabbi Aaron Panken

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Shabbat Services with Rabbi Aaron Panken, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute.

Friday

July 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Torah Study Group with Rabbi Panken

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 Torah Study Group with Rabbi Panken.  Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study   Call 508-228-6588 or shayam@comcast.net for location.

Saturday

July 08, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Services

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Shabbat Services led by a lay leader. Speaker to be announced.

Friday

July 15, 2016 - 7 PM

Scholar in Residence Weekend – Rabbi Reuven Cohn – RSVP Required

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Scholar in Residence Weekend –   Rabbi Reuven Cohn, an adult Jewish educator, attorney, and master teacher in the Me’ah program (Boston Area), will teach and lead a discussion on Saturday …continue reading Scholar in Residence Weekend – Rabbi Reuven Cohn – RSVP Required

Saturday & Sunday

July 16-17, 2016

Shabbat Services with Student Rabbi Alex Weissman & Speaker Vladimir Strelnitski

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Vladimir Strelnitski, Former Director of Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Assn. “State and Cultural Anti-Semitism in Russia” Shabbat Services led by Alex Weissman, Student Rabbi, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Friday

July 22, 2016 - 7 PM

Torah Study Group with Student Rabbi Alex Weissman

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Torah Study Group with Student Rabbi Alex Weissman. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study   Call 508-228-6588 or shayam@comcast.net for location.

Saturday

July 23, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Services with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor & Dinners – RSVP Required

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Shabbat Services with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor. Shabbat Shalom! Dinners follow. To host guests for a dinner or join a dinner as a guest, RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Friday

July 29, 2016 - 7 PM

Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor.

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Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study   Call 508-228-6588 or shayam@comcast.net for location.

Saturday

July 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Services & Speaker, Noah Rothbaum

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Noah Rothbaum, spirits guru & author “The Art of American Whiskey” will speak on America’s Jews in the Distillery Industry. Shabbat Services led by a lay leader.

Friday

August 5, 2016 - 7 PM

Bourbon and BBQ Event – RSVP Required

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Bourbon and BBQ Event for Shirat Ha Yam, featuring Noah Rothbaum author & spirits guru and Steven Raichlen, barbecue maven and author of “Project Smoke”; fiddlers will provide music. Ticket …continue reading Bourbon and BBQ Event – RSVP Required

Saturday

August 6, 2016

Shabbat Services & Speaker, Stuart Malina

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Stuart Malina, Music Director & Conductor, Harrisburg Symphony, Tony-award winner for orchestration with Billy Joel for “Movin’ Out”. Topic: “Jewish Themes in Classical Music” Shabbat Services led by a lay …continue reading Shabbat Services & Speaker, Stuart Malina

Friday

August 12, 2016 - 7 PM

Interfaith Shabbat Service with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor & Rev. Dennis McManus

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Interfaith Shabbat Service marking 50th Anniversary of “Nostra Aetate” Proclamation by Pope Paul VI with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, joined by Rev. Dennis McManus, School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University, “From …continue reading Interfaith Shabbat Service with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor & Rev. Dennis McManus

Friday

August 19, 2016 - 7 PM

Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor

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Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study   Call 508-228-6588 or shayam@comcast.net for location.

Saturday

August 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Brunch, Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor & Rev. McManus – RSVP Required

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Brunch with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor and Rev. Dennis McManus, in a private home at 11:30 am. Location TBD. RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Sunday

August 21, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Annual Meeting & Shabbat Services- Speaker Rep Nita Lowey

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Reception in the Garden at 6:00 pm Annual General Meeting of Members  at 6:45 pm 7:00 pm Shabbat Services led by Hannah Spiro, Student Rabbi, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College followed by …continue reading Annual Meeting & Shabbat Services- Speaker Rep Nita Lowey

Friday

August 26, 2016 - 6 PM

Study Group with Student Rabbi Hannah Spiro & New Member Reception – RSVP Required

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Torah Study Group with Student Rabbi Hannah Spiro. 9:30 AM. New Member Reception with Congresswoman Nita Lowey at 5:30 pm in a private home. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 …continue reading Study Group with Student Rabbi Hannah Spiro & New Member Reception – RSVP Required

Saturday

August 27, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Service & Speaker, Mort Gerber

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Mort Gerberg, The New Yorker cartoonist and author. Shabbat Services led by a lay leader.

Friday

Sept. 2, 2016 - 7 PM

Shabbat on the Porch – RSVP Required

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Shabbat on the Porch at a private home at 6:00 pm. Shabbat Services led by a lay leader. Location TBD. RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Friday

Sept. 9, 2016 - 6 PM

Scholar in Residence Weekend – Leonard Saxe – RSVP Required

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Scholar in Residence Weekend –   Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University will teach and lead a discussion on Saturday and Sunday morning. Topic: “The Future …continue reading Scholar in Residence Weekend – Leonard Saxe – RSVP Required

Saturday & Sunday

Sept. 10 - 11, 2016

Shabbat Services at Jetties Beach with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor

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Shabbat Services on the Beach with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor. Join Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor on Jetties Beach for Shabbat Services at 6:00 pm Meet at the end of the walkway. Bring …continue reading Shabbat Services at Jetties Beach with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor

Friday

Sept. 16, 2016 - 6 PM

Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor

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Torah Study Group with Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for coffee, 10-11 am for study   Call 508-228-6588 or shayam@comcast.net for location.  

Saturday

Sept. 17, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Shabbat Services with Cantor Avi Teken

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Shabbat Services with Cantor Avi Teken.

Friday

Sept. 23, 2016 - 7 PM

Bat Mitzvah of Caroline Freedman

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Caroline Freedman’s Bat Mitzvah, 10:00 am, upstairs. Congregation welcome.

Saturday

Sept. 24, 2016 - 10 AM

Ticket Free High Holiday Services

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Ticket Free High Holiday Shabbat Services conducted by Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor and Cantorial Soloist Elliot Levine.

Sunday - Wed.

Oct. 2-12, 2016

Erev Rosh Hashanah

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Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:00 pm, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs.

Sunday

Oct. 2, 2016 - 7 PM

Rosh Hashanah 1st Day

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Rosh Hashanah 1st Day, 9:30 am, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs.

Monday

Oct. 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Rosh Hashanah Lunch – RSVP Required

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Rosh Hashanah Lunch for members & their guests. 1:00 pm at a private home. RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Monday

Oct. 3, 2016 - 1 PM

Family Tashlik

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Family Tashlik, 3:00 pm at Brant Point Lighthouse.

Monday

Oct. 3, 2016 - 3 PM

Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day

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Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day, 10:00 am, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs.

Tuesday

Oct. 4, 2016 - 10 AM

Movie- “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” & Israeli Dinner – RSVP Required

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Movie at the Dreamland  – 5:00 pm  no charge Israeli Dinner to Follow  – 7:00 pm.   $35 RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Wednesday

Oct. 5, 2016

Shabbat Services with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor

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Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor.

Friday

Oct. 7, 2016 - 7 PM

Morning service and study session with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor

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8:30 a.m. Morning Shabbat Service in Hendricks Hall 9:45 coffee, 10:00-11:30 discussion following morning services Topic:  Religion: Balm or Bomb? We will look at various ways religion has been used …continue reading Morning service and study session with Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor

Saturday

October 8, 2016

Study Session on BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanction movement)

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9:00 coffee, 9:30- 11:00 discussion at 82 Orange Street Topic: BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanction movement) Anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and Antisemitism from the right and the left and how it can …continue reading Study Session on BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanction movement)

Monday

October 10, 2016

Kol Nidre

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Kol Nidre, 7:30 pm, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs.

Tuesday

Oct. 11, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur, 9:30 am, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs Yizkor, Noon Study Session, 3:30 PM Neilah/Havdalah, 5:00 PM

Wednesday

Oct. 12, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Yizkor

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Yizkor, noon, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs.

Wednesday

Oct. 12, 2016 - 12 PM

Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Session

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Study Session, 3:30 pm Yom Kippur afternoon discussion Unitarian Meeting House (upstairs) Topic: Jonah, David, Moses, Abraham -who are our heroes? What qualities do we look for in our leaders …continue reading Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Session

Wednesday

Oct. 12, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Neilah and Havdalah

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Neilah and Havdalah closing services, 5:00 pm, Unitarian Meeting House, Upstairs.

Wednesday

Oct. 12, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Break the Fast – RSVP Required

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Break the Fast, 6:15 pm at the White Elephant Hotel. Ticket prices: Members $50, Guests $65, Children under 13 $18. Space is limited. RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Wednesday

Oct. 12, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Simchat Torah Celebration – RSVP Required

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Simchat Torah Celebration at a private home. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by the congregation. RSVP: shayam@comcast.net or 508-228-6588.

Monday

Oct. 24, 2016 - 6 PM

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