Communities in Conversation

Welcome to Communities in Conversation, an annual day of learning in memory of Rabbi Sacks, to mark his yahrzeit.

13-14 November 2022

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“Judaism is the ongoing conversation of the Jewish people with itself, with Heaven, and with the world. It is a conversation scored for many voices.”
– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

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About the Event

Communities in Conversation is a global day of learning in memory of Rabbi Sacks, marking his yahrzeit. The inaugural programme took place in 2021, with over 150 communities taking part. Please join us again this November to remember Rabbi Sacks’ impact on the Jewish world and beyond, learning and teaching from his Torah.

The 2022 theme is “From Optimism to Hope”, a profound idea often expressed by Rabbi Sacks. Communities, groups and individuals are invited to plan events however they wish – by inviting guest speakers, delving into Rabbi Sacks’ teachings, or utilising the resources we provide. We will support events by listing and promoting them, and providing new resources developed specifically for this day

If you have any questions about getting involved, please contact Louise at Louise@RabbiSacks.org. Download our new learning resources for 2022 and you can already begin preparing for the global event!

Additional resources and translations can be found at the bottom of this page.

This year we are also launching the Rabbi Sacks Global Day of Learning for Schools.

View a special message from Gila Sacks (Rabbi Sacks’ youngest daughter) recorded for the first Communities in Conversation in 2021:

Perhaps the most defining feature of my father’s life, one that I don’t think I fully appreciated until after he died, was that he learned, and learned, and continued to learn every single day, until his last. He learned from books, from text, from laws. He learned from history and from world events. But, mainly, he learned from people. He would seek out people to learn from, from every possible path of life. And he would seek out what he could learn from everyone he met.

And he would do this through conversation, through talking and listening. So for him, conversation was a defining and spiritual act, a way of opening ourselves up to something beyond ourselves, of being challenged, the only way we could really become more than we were before. A training, perhaps, for opening ourselves up to God.

In this coming week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah, we read that before meeting his future wife for the first time, vayeitse Yitzchak lsuach basader lifnot arev, “Yitzchak had gone out in the field before evening to meditate.”

The Talmud in Brachot commenting on the choice of the word lasuach, usually meaning ‘to talk’ or ‘to converse’, states ein sicha ela tefillah, “There is no conversation without prayer.” Or, as my father explains it, conversation is a form of prayer.

He writes on this parsha, “Conversation is a prayer, for in true conversation I open myself up to the reality of another person. I enter his or her world. I begin to see things from a perspective, not my own. A genuine human conversation is a preparation for and a microcosmic version of the act of prayer.”

Prayer, the prayer model by Yitzchak specifically, is not monologue, but dialogue. Prayer as sicha, conversation. So it is fitting that through this initiative, Communities in Conversation, all over the world, individuals, communities, and organisations will mark my father’s yahrzeit, not simply from learning from what he wrote, but through conversation, coming together, asking, challenging, listening, and learning from each other.

It means more than I can say to us, his family, that you were helping to carry forward his teaching in this beautiful way. He wrote of Moshe’s death at the end of the Torah, “We will not complete the journey. Therefore, we each must inspire others to continue what we began.”

Thank you for continuing the work my father began, and may the work he began be a blessing for all of us.

Register now to be part of this inspirational global initiative.

13 – 14 November 2022
or any dates on or around that week

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Find a Conversation near you

All the events listed below will be held in memory of Rabbi Sacks. Some will be possible to join online, others may only be possible to attend in person, or they may be private events. For more information on specific events, please contact the organisers directly. This list continues to grow. Check back again soon for an update. If your event is not listed, please ensure it has been correctly registered with us.

Monday 24th October 2022

Holland: de swaan Arons-takamura

Delft, Netherlands

Date: 24 October 2022
Location: a hybrid event – you are also welcome to attend online.
Age Group: Adults

Details: This event has already taken place

Tuesday 25th October 2022

Clifford Chance Law Firm

London, UK

Date: 26 October 2022
Location: A Lunch-and-Learn event with visiting lecturer Rabbi Michael Laitner. Attend online or in-person.
Age Group: Adults

Details: This event has already taken place

Wednesday 27th October 2022

Student Bet Midrash (Bnei Akiva, Tribe, and Mizrachi UK)

London, UK

Date and Time: 27 October 2022 – 8.20pm
Location: A keynote address from Rabbi Michael Laitner on ‘From Optimism to Hope’.
Age Group: Students

Details: This event has already taken place

Tuesday 1st November 2022

Institute for Judaism

Vienna, Austria

Date and Time: 1 November
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

Present

ation on the Thoughts of Rabbi Sacks

Friday 4th November 2022

Dublin Hebrew Congregation

Dublin, Ireland

Date and Time: 4 November
Location: Dublin, Ireland. Online and attend In person
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Full Shabbat Programme

Sunday 6th November 2022

Ner Tamid Synagogue learning group

Baltimore, MD, USA

Date and Time: November 6th – 7:30pm Eastern Time
Location: At the coordinator’s home
Age Group: Adults

Details: We will discuss the Rabbi Sacks idea of ‘From Optimism to Hope’. We will start out learning together, then divide into small chevrutot, then come back together to compare. Snacks/dessert provided.
Contact for more info: brds619@gmail.com

Kemp Mill Synagogue

Silver Spring MD USA

Date and Time: November 6th – 7pm
Location: Silver Spring MD USA. Attend In person
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults

Senator Joe Lieberman: “Lessons from Rabbi Sacks on American Politics Today”

Monday 7th November 2022

Vienna Jewcast (podcast)

Vienna, Austria

Date and Time: November 7th – posted at 12:00pm
Location: Online, via Spotify
Age Group: Youth, Adults

A podcast episode in tribute to Rabbi Sacks. Reading and discussing Sacks’ weekly Torah portion (Lech Lecha, written in 5779) with me is Andrew Solomon, former ORF chief editor of “Universum”. 

Tuesday 8th November 2022

Why Israel Matters

Dallas, USA

Date and Time: November 8th – 6:00pm
Location: Dallas, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Reading the writings of Rabbi Sacks and his book on Spirituality.

Thursday 10th November 2022

St Albans United Synagogue

St Albans, UK

Date and Time: Thursday November 10th – 8:30pm
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

An engaging discussion on the topic ‘From Optimism to Hope’ with Rabbi Daniel Sturgess.

Friday 11th November 2022

Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) Congregation

Thornhill, Canada

Date and Time: November 11
Location: Thornhill, Canada. Attend in person
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Details: A full Shabbat program, in conjunction with Beit Midrash Zichron Dov.

Midreshet Lindenbaum

Jerusalem, Israel

Date: 11 November
Location: Arnona, Jerusalem
Age Group: Students

Details: Rabbi Johnny Solomon will be delivering a range of talks over Shabbat to the students at Midreshet Lindenbaum over Friday night and Shabbat day in honour of Rabbi Sacks zt”l.

Kenesset Israel Torah Center

California, USA

Date and Time: November 11-12
Location: Sacramento, California. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families

Details: Friday night dinner and Shabbat morning drashot will be delivered by Rabbi Leonard Levy and Rabbi Evan Rubin in honor of Rabbi Sacks zt”l.

Bnai Israel

Norfolk, VA, USA

Date and Time: November 11th – 7.00pm
Location: Norfolk, VA, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families

Shabbat Dinner and Guest Speaker.

Midreshet Lindenbaum

Jerusalem, Israel

Date: 11 November
Location: Jerusalem, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Shabbat Programme.

Kenesset Israel Torah Center

Sacramento, California

Date: November 11
Location: Sacramento, California. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families

Shabbat Program with Rabbi Leonard Levy and Rabbi Evan Rubin.

Mizrachi OU-JLIC of Givat Shmuel and Bar Ilan

Givat Shmuel, Israel

Date and Time: 11 November – 8:30pm
Location: Givat Shmuel, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Oneg Shabbat

Belmont United Synagogue

Belmont, UK

Date and Time: 11 November – 5:30pm
Location: Belmont, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families

Whisky Kiddush where the community can share recollections of Rabbi Sacks, plus a short learning session from his Torah.

Beit Midrash Zichron Dov

Toronto, Canada

Date and Time: 11 November – 8:00pm
Location: Toronto, Canada. Attend in person.
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults

Shabbaton: Multiple classes on Friday night and on Shabbat surrounding the ideas of Rabbi Sacks.

Merkaz Dekel Shul

Efrat, Israel

Date and Time: 11 November – 10:00am
Location: Efrat, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Learning Program

Finchley United Synagogue

London, UK

Date and Time: 11 November – 8:00pm
Location: London, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults, Families

Full Shabbaton with Rav Avraham Steinberg and Encyclopaedia Talmudit looking at the translation of Torah knowledge into contemporary life values. Rav Steinberg will pay tribute to Rabbi Sacks’ momentous contribution to the Jewish and secular worlds in this arena.

Shabbat 12th November 2022

Kemp Mill Synagogue

Maryland, USA

Date and Time: November 12th – 7.00pm
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Age Group: Adults, Families

Details: The Second Annual Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l Memorial Lecture will be sponsored by Laura & Sheldon Margulies. It will include a special guest lecture by Senator Joseph Lieberman, plus other shiurim, drashot, and educational initiatives. More details to follow.

The Women’s Beit Midrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion

Efrat, Israel

Date and Time: 12 November – 8.00pm
Location: Efrat, Israel. Attend in person
Age Group: Adults

Featured speakers: Jessica Sacks, Rabbi Alex Israel, and Mark Fishman.

OU-JLIC Queens

NYC, USA

Date and Time: November 12th – 4.45pm
Location: New York City, Attend in person
Age Group: Adults

Details: We will be learning some of Rabbi Sacks’ ideas on the Torah weekly portion

Kehilat Mitzpe Netofa

Lower Galillee, Israel

Date: 12 November
Location: Lower Galillee, Israel. Attend in person
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Details: Guest speaker and community learning.

Moshav Nechusha

Israel

Date: 12 November
Location: Attend in person, at our synagogue
Age Group: Adults

Details: Shabbat Morning Community Shiur

Green Road Synagogue

Beachwood, USA

Date and Time: November 12
Location: Attend in person, at our shul in Beachwood, USA
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults, Families

Details: Full Shabbat Programme will be dedicated to Rabbi Sacks

Loughton and Chigwell District Synagogue

Loughton, UK

Date and Time: 12 November – 9.00am
Location: Loughton, UK. Attend in person
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Details: Community Shabbat.

Kehilat Pardes

Rockville, USA

Date and Time: 12 November – 10.00am
Location: Rockville, USA. Attend in person
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Speaker: Rabbi Uri Topolosky.

Finchley United Synagogue

London, UK

Date and Time: 12 November – 7.30pm
Location: London, UK. Attend in person
Age Groups: Adults, Families

Full Shabbaton with Rav Avraham Steinberg and Encyclopaedia Talmudit looking at the translation of Torah knowledge into contemporary life values. Rav Steinberg will pay tribute to Rabbi Sacks’ momentous contribution to the Jewish and secular worlds in this arena. In conjunction with Toras Chayim.

Congregation Israel of Springfield

Springfield, NJ, USA

Date and Time: November 12th – 10.50am
Location: Springfield, NJ, USA. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults, Families.

Shabbos Derasha and shiurum.

Beis Community

New York, USA

Date and Time: November 12th – 4.30pm
Location: New York, USA. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults, Families.

Studying the Torah portion, inspired by the teachings of Rabbi Sacks.

Beit Knesset Choshen Modiin

Modiin, Israel

Date and Time: November 12th – 10.15am
Location: Modiin, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families.

A community shiur after Shabbat tefillot.

Young Israel of Jamaica Estates

New York, USA

Date and Time: November 12th – 5.00pm
Location: New York, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Part of a season-long survey of Rabbi Sacks’ thought, touching on elements of his thought on the uniqueness of Jewish theology.

Kehillat Darchei Tzion

Modiin, Israel

Date and Time: 12 November – 6.15pm
Location: Modiin, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Families

Parent-child learning program.

Beth Jacob Synagogue

Norwich, USA

Date and Time: 12 November – 9.00am
Location: Norwich, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

University Jewish Chaplaincy

Edinburgh, Scotland

Date and Time: 12 November – 5.30pm
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland. Attend in person.
Age Group: Youth

We will be hosting students at our home for Havdalah, French toast and text-based discussion.

SCA (Sephardic Community Alliance)

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Date and Time: 12 November – 5.30pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA. Online and in person.
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults.

Rabbi Ricky Hidary will be discussing “Rabbi Sacks on Providence & Freedom”.

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OU-JLIC of Greater Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, United States

Date and Time: 12 November – 4.30pm
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults.

Shabbat aftertoon discussion on From Optimism to Hope.

Pinner United Synagogue

London, UK

Date and Time: 12 November – 12.00pm
Location: London, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families.

Kiddush/lunch shiur with Rabbi Ben Kurzer.

ASKT

MIlwaukee, USA

Date and Time: 12 November – 11.00am
Location: MIlwaukee, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Shabbat Drasha: “Divide and Concur” – Rabbi Sacks and making space for difference.

Temple Bnai Emat

Monterey Park, CA, USA

Date and Time: 12 November – 11.00am
Location: Monterey Park, CA, USA. Online and in person.
Age Group: Families.

Covenant & Conversation at the Synagogue.

Sunday 13th November 2022

Beit Knesset Hanassi

Jerusalem, Israel

Date: 13 November
Location: Rechavia
Age Group: Adults

Details: Reflections on Rabbi Sacks’ impact on the Jewish world, his teachings and a personal perspective from Rabbi Berel Wein and Rabbi Kenigsberg

Rabbi Sacks Shabbat Learning Group

New York, USA

Date: November 13
Location: Forest Hills, NY, USA
Age Group: Adults

Details: Every Shabbat afternoon we gather together in-person to read from the work of Rabbi Sacks, and then discuss it. On this day we will convene for a special event to commemorate Rabbi Sacks’ yahrzeit.

Rutgers University

New Jersey, USA

Date and Time: November 13th – 9.00am Eastern US time
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults, Families

Maurice J. Elias, Professor of Psychology and Contributing Faculty, Jewish Studies, will be blogging on the theme of Rabbi Sacks’ leadership, and the relevance of his teachings.

Lynk Holdings, LLC

USA

Date and Time: 13 November – 10.00am Eastern US time
Hybrid event, available to attend both in person and online
Age Group: Families, youth, and adults

Youth gathering organised by David Moussazadeh

Jewish Physicians

Jerusalem, Israel

Date: 13 November
Online event
Age Group: Adults

More details: Led by Prof Josh Werblowsky, Professor of Psychiatry.

Carmel School and the Perth Jewish Community

Perth, Australia

Date and Time: 13 November – 6.00pm-7.30pm
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Our event will include speeches, tefillah, and learning in memory of Rabbi Sacks. This event will be held in-person.

Edmond J. Safra Synagogue

Monaco

Date and Time: 13 November – 7.30pm
Age Group: Adults

Our Limoud programme will be a one-hour study session in memory of Rabbi Lord Sacks ז”ל, using the resources provided by the Rabbi Sacks Legacy. Attendance is open to those wishing to attend in-person or online.

Join via Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3434650725

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Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue

Washington, DC, USA

Date and Time: 13 November – 5.30pm Eastern time
Location: 2801 N St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Age Group: Adults

We look forward to an evening of study and discussion in Rabbi Sacks’ memory, focusing on the idea of “From Optimism to Hope.” This event will be held in-person.

Hashivenu

Jerusalem, Israel

Date and Time: 13 November – 8.30pm Israel time
This event will be held in-person.
Age Group: Adults

This event will be a discussion of Rav Sacks’ ideas, music, and farbrengen.

OU-JLIC

Toronto, Canada

Date and Time: 13 November, 1.00pm Eastern time
Location: On campus or online – hybrid event.
Age Group: Adults

This will be a hybrid event aimed at youth and adults, taking place on campus, as part of our student fellowship.

Join via Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5738131133?pwd=elRncVg1UmVxQThIUzIvZlZEN3VHUT09

OU-JLIC

Toronto, Canada

Date and Time: Sunday 13th November – 2.45pm
Location: On campus or online – a hybrid event.
Age Groups: Youth and Adults

This will be a hybrid event aimed at youth and adults, taking place on campus.

Join via Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5738131133?pwd=elRncVg1UmVxQThIUzIvZlZEN3VHUT09

Mizrachi Canada

Toronto / Montreal, Canada

Date and Time: Sunday 13 November, 10am (Eastern time)
Location: TBC. Participants will attend in person, not online.
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults, Families

Sunday morning community Learning. Further details TBC.

Beth Shalom

Seattle, USA

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 11.00am
Location: Hybrid
Age Group: Adults

Mizrachi Canada

Canada

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 10.00am
Location: Canada. Attend in person
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults, Families

Sunday morning community learning.

The Melody of Torah

Jerusalem, Israel

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 8.30pm
Location: 132 Derech HaChoresh
Age Group: Adults

Hosted by the Sreter family, Rabbi Johnny Solomon will present an uplifting evening of inspiring teachings from Rabbi Sacks, based on the songs and music that he loved.

Bnei Akiva UK

London, UK

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 7.30pm
Location: London, UK. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Teenagers, Adults

Evening of Learning Rabbi Sacks’ Torah for Bogrim.

The Travelling Chassidim

Berlin, Germany

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 11:00am
Location: Berlin, Germany. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Adults, Families

Expressing Hope through Prayer: How To Do It Properly

BACH Jewish Center

Long Beach, NY, USA

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 8.30pm
Location: Long Beach, NY, USA. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults

Following the 8:30 am Shacharis, Rabbi Berlin will lead Rabbi Sacks inspired learning at a shul breakfast.

Teaneck Learning Group

Teaneck, USA

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 3.00pm
Location: Teaneck, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Studying “From Optimism to Hope”

Les Amis du Rabbi Sacks

Paris, France

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 10.00am
Location: Paris, France. Online and in person
Age Group: Adults

A panel discussion with over 10 speakers to explore Rabbi Sacks’ powerful and timeless vision of optimism and hope.

Reston Torah Club

Reston, United States

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 11.00am
Location: Online
Age Groups: Adults

Studying Rabbi Sacks’ Torah together online.

Shachar HaGai

Yoqne’am Illit

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 8.00pm
Location: Online.
Age Groups: Adults.

Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue

Borehamwood, UK

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 8.00pm
Location: Borehamwood, UK. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families.

Shiur hosted by Michael and Michelle Cohen.

Nottingham Jewish Society

Nottingham, UK

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 5.30pm
Location: Nottingham, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

A Motza’ei Shabbat dinner and a l’chaim at the chaplains with discussion based learning.

Mizrachi OU-JLIC at Reichman University

Herzliya, Israel

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 8.00pm
Location: Herzliya, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Open Beit Midrash (“OpenL”) with source packets available for learning.

Canberra Interfaith Forum 12 Faith

Canberra, Australia

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 6.00pm
Location: Online.
Age Group: Adults.

Online lectures on the Teachings of Rabbi Sacks on Judaism, and on his teaching of From Slavery to Freedom to the ACT Jewish Community.

Yeshivat Har Etzion

Alon Shvut, Israel

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 9.00am
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

Digital shiurim and conversation: R’ Gavriel Rosen, R’ Joe Wolfson, R’ Alex Israel, and R’ Yair Kahn.

Eton College

Eton, England

Date and Time: Sunday November 13th – 10.30am
Location: Eton, England. Attend in person.
Age Group: Teenagers.

Study session for students.

Monday 14th November 2022

LSJS & South Hampstead Shul

London, UK

Date and Time: Monday 14 November – 8.00pm (GMT)
Location: London, UK
Age Group: Adults

“Becoming the Person He Was” – Rabbi Shlomo Levin in conversation with Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum.

Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi

Israel

Date and Time: Monday 14th November – 8.15pm (Israel time)
Location: In person
Age Group: Adults

This learning programme will take place during Night-Seder in the yeshiva.

Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue

Ohio, USA

Date and Time: November 14th – 7.30pm (Eastern time)
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Age Group: Adults

Rabbi Noah Leavitt will be teaching a class and leading a discussion online. Zoom link will be provided.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

New York, USA

Date and Time: November 14th – 11.30am-12.30pm (Eastern time)
Location: Our offices are in New York, NY but we are an international organization.
Age Group: Adults

Humankind has been on the move for a long time. We now know that all humans can trace their origins to Southern Africa. Migration is our shared human experience and usually involves facing great risk and uncertainty.

In this class, taught by expert Melton teacher Lynne Lieberman, we will explore three parables offered by the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in his book, The Home We Build Together, to think about how societies may integrate newcomers and how newcomers may develop a sense of belonging to the places they have migrated.

Join us for this moving program on his second yahrzeit, on the Hebrew anniversary of Rabbi Lord Sacks’s passing.

Yeshivat Hakotel

Jerusalem, Israel

Date and Time: Monday, November 14th – 6.45pm
Location: Yeshivat Hakotel, Yerushalayim, and online (Hybrid event)
Age Group: Students

We’ll be reflecting on and discussing Rav Sack’s impact on our community and the broader world, using the theme of “From Optimism to Hope” to focus the discussion.

St John’s Wood Synagogue

London, UK

Date and Time: Monday 14 November – 8.00pm
Location: At the shul and online (a hybrid event)
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults, Families

The Legacy of Rabbi Lord Sacks: A Shiur with Dayan Ivan Binstock with particular focus on Rabbi Sacks’ book, The Dignity of Difference

Yonatan Sacks Elementary School

Jerusalem, Israel

Date and Time: 14 November, timings TBC
Age Group: Adults

The discussion event is intended for school parents. Some parents will tell about their journey to answer the question “Why I am Jewish”. We will focus on the values of hospitality and caring for the needy, and we will talk about the inspirational figures who helped us in life.

Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue

London, UK

Date and Time: 14 November – 7.30pm GMT
Location: London, UK
Age Group: 10 – 120

Details: TBC

James Howard Education Ltd

London, UK

Date and Time: 14 November – 7.00pm
Location: London, UK. Attend in person
Age Group: Teenagers

Religious Studies Course

Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst

Cedarhurst, NY USA

Date: November 14
Location: Online
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults, Families

Video Tribute.

Young Israel of San Diego

San Diego, CA, USA

Date and Time: November 14th – 11.30pm
Location: Attend in person, San Diego, California
Age Group: Adults, Families

Monte Sinaí

Mexico City, Mexico

Date and Time: 14 November – 7.30pm
Location: Mexico City, Mexico. Attend in person
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Bushey United Synagogue

Bushey, UK

Date and Time: 14 November – 8.30pm
Location: Bushey, UK. Attend in person
Age Group: Adults

An evening of learning and sharing Rabbi Sacks’ Torah.

London School of Jewish Studies

London, UK

Date and Time: Monday 14th November – 10.30am-12.00pm
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

Modern Jewish Literature course with Dr Aviva Dautch.

London School of Jewish Studies

London, UK

Date and Time: Monday 14th November – 10.30am-12.00pm
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

The Genesis of Relationships – a weekly in-depth parasha shiur for women with Rabbanit Leah Herzog.

London School of Jewish Studies

London, UK

Date and Time: Monday 14th November – 7.00pm
Location: London, UK. Hybrd event (attend online and in person)
Age Group: Adults

Kashrut b’Iyun shiur for women.

Oxford University Jewish Chaplaincy

Oxford, UK

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 6.30pm
Location: Oxford Chaplaincy. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Dine & Discuss: A shiur on the teachings of Rabbi Sacks.

Cambridge University Jewish Chaplaincy

Cambridge, UK

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 8.30pm
Location: Cambridge, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults

Student-led chaburot, and an address entitled “The Rabbi Sacks’ Ideas That Impacted Me The Most” by Rabbi Ben Baruch.

Beit Midrash Zichron Dov

Toronto, Canada

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 7.30pm
Location: Toronto, Canada. Online and in person.
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults

Medical Ethics Class featuring Guest Speaker Rabbi Dr. Jason Weiner: “Vaccination and Risk-Taking in Judaism”.

Bnei Akiva of Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 8.00pm
Location: Toronto, Canada. Attend in person.
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults

Learning Program, with food served.

Congregation Ohav Sholom

Merrick, USA

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 7.45pm
Location: Merrick, USA. Online and in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Shiur in memory of Rabbi Sacks.

Birmingham Central United Synagogue

Birmingham UK

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 12.15pm
Location: Birmingham UK. Online and in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Lunch & Learn.

OU-JLIC at Columbia University/Barnard College

New York, USA

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 12.30pm
Location: New York, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

We will learn about one major piece of Rabbi Sacks’s thought and discuss how it can be meaningful to our lives.

Mizrachi OU-JLIC at Bar Ilan

Givat Shmuel, Israel

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 1.30pm
Location: Givat Shmuel, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Chabura and Brachot (foods to say brachot L’iluy Nismato).

University Jewish Chaplaincy / UCL Jsoc

London, UK

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 1.00pm
Location: London, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults.

Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum on “Why are you here? Individuality and responsibility in the thought of Rabbi Sacks”.

Grupo de Estudos da Parashá – CIP

São Paulo, Brazil

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 1.00pm
Location: São Paulo, Brazil. Online and in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Study of parashá Chaie Sarah from Rabbi Sacks’ texts, conducted by Mr. André Roemer.

OU-JLIC at Binghamton University

Binghamton, USA

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 8.00pm
Location: Binghamton, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Teenagers, Adults.

Dinner and Shiur with guest speaker: Rabbi Chaim Strauchler of Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, NJ.

Bonim Kehila

Tzur Hadassa, Israel

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 9.15pm
Location: Tzur Hadassa, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families.

Community study and discussion on Hope guided by Rabbi Sacks’ teachings.

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah

Modiin, Israel

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 7.30pm
Location: Modiin, Israel. Online and in person.
Age Group: Teenagers.

Shiur on From Optimism to Hope with Rabbi Jeremy Bruce.

Bristol Jewish Chaplaincy

Bristol, UK

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 1.00pm
Location: Bristol, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Youth.

Lunch and Learn on the teaching and legacy of Rabbi Sacks.

University Jewish Chaplaincy – Leeds Campus

Leeds, UK

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 7.00pm
Location: Leeds, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Rabbi Jason Kleiman on the teachings and stories of Rabbi Sacks.

Tablet Magazine

New York, USA

Date and Time: Monday November 14th – 8.00am
Location: Online.
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families.

Sharing Rabbi Sacks’ Torah on our podcasts.

Tuesday 15th November 2022

Princeton University

New Jersey, USA

Date: November 15th – 12.00pm
Location: On Campus, (attend in-person)
Age Group: Students

Details: Learning session with discussion on some of the teachings of Rabbi Sacks

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School

Washington, DC, USA

Date: November 15th
Location: Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
Age Group: Middle School students

Details: All classes will be dedicated to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Congregation Ohr HaTorah

Georgia, USA

Date and Time: November 15th – 12.00pm
Location: In our synagogue in Atlanta, for members to attend in-person
Age Group: 60+

Details: We will be giving over Rabbi Sacks’ Torah at the shul’s monthly get-together for members ages 60 and up.

JFS

London, UK

Date and Time: 15 November – 7.00pm GMT
Location: Harrow
Age Group: 16 – 18 year olds

Details: 6th form assembly in JFS (Europe’s largest secondary school) will be led by Rabbi Michael Laitner and Batsheva Wolf, who will take students through lessons learned from the life of Rabbi Sacks

Ahavat Yisrael

Edgware, UK

Date and Time: Tuesday 15th November – 8.00pm
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

Guest speaker TBC

Lincoln Square Synagogue

New York, USA

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15th – 7.00pm
Location: New York, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults, Families.

‘What I Learned from My Boss, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’: A Conversation about Rabbi Sacks’ legacy with Joanna Benarroch and Rabbi Shaul Robinson.

Boca Raton Synagogue

Boca Raton, FL, USA

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15th – 9.30am
Location: Boca Raton, FL, USA. Online and in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg’s Tuesday Parsha Shiur in memory of Rabbi Sacks.

Calabasas Shul

Calabasas, CA, USA

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15th – 12.25pm
Location: Online.
Age Group: Adults.

Online Learning of Rabbi Sacks’ Teachings.

JLIC Brandeis

Boston, USA

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15th – 8.30pm
Location: Boston, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Evening of learning with college students.

Private event for college students

JWCAtlanta

Atlanta, USA

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15th – 9.00am
Location: Atlanta, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Lecture.

University Jewish Chaplaincy: West Midlands

Birmingham, UK

Date and Time: Tuesday November 15th – 1.00pm
Location: Birmingham, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Bagel Lunch and Learn at University of Birmingham with Rabbi Fishel Cohen.

Wednesday 16th November 2022

Aish Hatorah Chile and World Mizrachi

Santiago, Chile

Date and Time: 16 November – 7.30pm
Location: London, UK
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

Details: A communal gathering with the participation of the Israeli Ambassador and the local Aish Rabbi as speakers. The event is designed for people to attend in-person, but if you would like to attend remotely via Zoom, please be in touch and we will try to accommodate this request.

Chavurá Neshamá – Congregação Israelita Paulista

São Paulo, Brazil

Date and Time: November 16th – 8.00am
Location: Online.
Age Groups: Adults.

Drashá by Dr. Helio Elkis.

Beit Knesset Shivtei Yisrael

Raanana, Israel

Date and Time: November 16th – 8.15pm
Location: Raanana, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families.

Learning Rabbi Sacks’ writings.

University Jewish Chaplaincy: West Midlands

Warwick, UK

Date and Time: Tuesday November 16th – 1.00pm
Location: Warwick, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Bagel Lunch and Learn in the Chaplaincy at Warwick University with Rabbi Fishel Cohen.

Thursday 17th November 2022

Techelet – Inspiring Judaism

Ra’anana, Israel

Date and Time: 17 November – 7.30pm
Location: Techelet, Ra’anana
Age Groups: Youth, Adults, Families

Details: Dr. Micha Goodman, a well-known speaker in Israel, will give a lecture on ‘The critique of Rabbi Sacks against post-modernism.’

Afterward, 3 short lectures will be delivered – in TED-style – by 3 speakers: Rav Chaim Navon, Dr. Tanya White, and Gilad Hesse, who will add their perspectives to the topic. This event will be held in-person.

OU-JLIC at Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, USA

Date and Time: 17 November – 7.45pm
Location: Baltimore, USA. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Adults.

Learning session with refreshments.

Beit Chabad Perdizes

São Paulo, Brazil

Date and Time: 17 November – 2.30pm
Location: São Paulo, Brazil. Attend in person.
Age Groups: Adults.

Learning group.

Friday 18th November 2022

Alei Tzion & Magen Avot

London, UK

Date and Time: 18 November – 4.30pm
Location: Magen Avot, Hendon. Attend in person
Group: Women, teenagers, and children

Kabbalat Shabbat Women’s Tefillah group, with a D’var Torah based on the teachings or Rabbi Sacks zt”l.

JFNA

New Jersey, USA

Date and Time: Friday November 18th – 12.00pm
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

Celebrating the life and legacy of Rabbi Sacks.

Moishe House Crown Heights

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Date and Time: Friday November 18th – 5.00pm
Location: Brooklyn, USA. Attend in person
Age Group: Adults

Torah class for women after candle lighting.

Shabbat 19th November 2022

Young Israel of West Hartford

West Hartford, USA

Date and Time: November 19th – 11.00am
Location: West Hartford, USA. Attend in person
Age Group: Adults, Families

Sermon and Shabbat learning, followed by Kiddush.

Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut

New London, CT, USA

Date and Time: November 19th – 11am
Location: New London, CT, USA. Online and attend in person
Age Group: Adults

Rav Julius Rabinowitz, Beth Jacob Synagogue will be speaking at Shabbat services.

Congregation Darchei Noam

Fair Lawn, NY, USA

Date and Time: November 19th – 11am
Location: Fair Lawn, NY, USA. Attend in person
Age Group: Families

Drasha about Rabbi Sacks.

The Downtown Minyan

New York City, USA

Date and Time: November 19th – 10.00am
Location: New York, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Rosh Kehilla Dr. Mijal Bitton and Community Scholar Gabriel Slamovits, both students of Rabbi Sacks, will be sharing Torah inspired by his teachings and discussing his profound personal impact on them.

Sunday 20th November 2022

Hendon United Synagogue

London, UK

Date and Time: 20 November – 8.00pm
Location: Attend in person, London
Age Group: Youth, Teenagers, Adults, Families

In Conversation: Lord Kestenbaum and Dan Sacker

Christ College

Nigeria

Date and Time: 20 November – 10.00am
Location: Nigeria. Attend in person.
Age Group: Teenagers.

An introduction to Rabbi Sacks’ writings.

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

The Tenner Family

Highland Park, USA

Date and Time: November 23rd – 8.00pm
Location: Highland Park, USA. Attend in person.
Age Group: Families.

Reading and discussing Rabbi’s words.

The Sacksons

Toronto, Canada

Date and Time: November 23rd – 9.00am
Location: Online.
Age Group: Adults.

Parsha of the Week discussion.

Thursday 24th November 2022

Kings College London

London, UK

Date and Time: November 24th – 10.00am
Location: London, UK. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

Commemorating the legacy of Rabbi Sacks through unique responses to his work and ideas. Speakers include: Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Dr Tamra Wright, and Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum.

Young Israel Talpiot Mizrach

Jerusalem, Israel

Date and Time: November 24th – 8.00pm
Location: Jerusalem, Israel. Attend in person.
Age Group: Adults.

A reunion in my home.

Meir Nakar 10/7

Friday 25th November 2022

Mill Hill Synagogue

London, UK

Date: Friday (evening)
Location: Attend in-person, Mill Hill Synagogue
Age Groups: Youth, Teenagers, Adults

Details: A presentation on Friday night, after the Kabbalat Shabbat service, on the subject of “From Optimism to Hope” (facilitated by Rabbi Michael Laitner, with Rabbi Yitchak Schochet)

Shabbat 26th November 2022

Ganei Tzion

Jerusalem, Israel

Date and Time: 26 November – 8.00pm
Location: Jerusalem, Israel. Attend in-person.
Age Group: Adults

Shiur series in the spirit of Rabbi Sacks

Wednesday 30th November 2022

2020 Torah

London, UK

Date and Time: Wednesday 30th November – 8.00pm
Location: Online
Age Group: Adults

“From Optimism to Hope: Positive Psychology in the thought of Rabbi Sacks with Rabbi Dr Mordechai Schiffman.

Sunday 25th December 2022

Ebonyi State Jewish Youth Movement

Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Date and Time: 25 December – 12.00pm
Location: Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Attend in-person
Age Group: Youth

Youth Shabbaton.

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13 – 14 November 2022

The New 2022 Learning Resources

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From Optimism to Hope

From Optimism to Hope is a theme that Rabbi Sacks often returned to. We have prepared these pages for you to enhance your understanding of this idea, with the use of videos, articles, and biblical extracts, as well as quotes from Rabbi Sacks, and discussion questions.

Branding

Download the official Communities in Conversation logo to utilise when promoting your community’s event or learning sessions around this year’s Yahrzeit.

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Five Additional Themed Learning Resources

Learning resources from the 2021 Yahrzeit.

community

Community

This unit explores the idea of community within Judaism. What strengthens and supports a community? With excerpts, quotes, and discussion questions, it delves into Rabbi Sacks’ belief in the fundamental importance of community.

family

Family

This resource delves into many aspects of the Jewish family, from our biblical forefathers, to marriage, parents, grandparents and siblings, we will learn of the impact of family Jewish history and civilisation, as well as encourage discussions on family values today.

israel

Israel

This unit guides us through Israel as a biblical promise from God to the forefathers, as the land of hope, and through its full significance today. With videos, discussion points, and even some ancient prophecies to discuss, through the perspective of Rabbi Sacks.

jewish identity

Jewish Identity

“A Letter in the Scroll…” This unit explores the notion of Jewish identity, both individually and nationally, using texts from Rabbi Sacks to develop an understanding of this important theme.

science and religion

Religion and Science

“Scientific knowledge doesn’t contradict religious belief…” This unit focuses on explaining the coexistence of these two truths, despite their apparent contradictions.

May the soul of Rabbi Sacks be elevated in merit of the learning we will do in his memory.