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Our award-winning Passport to Shabbat program series is a joint collaboration of four synagogue Engagement Directors from Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, MI, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in Miami, FL, Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC, and Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, NE. A variety of fun, new, and meaningful summer programs will bring our national communities together online and we have also made plans to bring our BTBRC/local community together in person. Get your virtual passports ready and join us as we travel to Shanghai (June), South Africa (July), and Greece (August).


 
Here’s how you can join the fun:

ONLINE PROGRAMS – All virtual programs can be accessed through the same link and registration page, supported by Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, MI. These programs are open to all and free. Friends and family are welcome!

IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES – Unique registration links are provided for Beth Torah’s monthly in-person programs and our Passport to Shabbat dinner-to-go partnership with Events by Executive Caterers. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

 

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JUNE

Join us online


 

Sunday, June 6 at 10:00 am

FAMILY FRIENDLY ORIGAMI CLASS

Learn how to become a virtuoso in the ancient art of paper-folding. Feel a sense of accomplishment as you transform single sheets of paper into mini-masterpieces! The Summer Hat and Singing Bird you create will be sure to leave you with smiles long after the program ends.


 

Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 pm

NATIONAL EGG ROLL DAY: COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Kol HaKavod to Beth El Synagogue of Durham, North Carolina for coordinating this month’s pre-Shabbat Culture Connection that will focus on Shanghai.


 

Tuesday, June 15 at 5:3o pm

 COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Along with being a chef, spice blender, author of three cookbooks, and owner of La Boîte, a biscuit and spice shop in New York, Lior Lev Sercarz is the Chief Culinary Officer & Co-Founder of JNF-USA’s new Galilee Culinary Institute opening in late 2021. Join JNF-USA and Chef Lior online as they partner with Passport to Shabbat in leading us through a Shanghai-inspired dish. For those who may wish to cook the dish themselves, a recipe will be sent out before the event. 

Jewish National Fund is joining Passport to Shabbat!


 

Friday, June 18 at 5:3o pm

CULTURE CONNECTION: SHANGHAI

Kol HaKavod to Beth El Synagogue of Durham, North Carolina for coordinating this month’s pre-Shabbat Culture Connection that will focus on Shanghai.


 

Wednesday, June 23 at 8:0o pm

BOOK/FILM DISCUSSION: “THE JOY LUCK CLUB” BY AMY TAN 

Read the book or watch the movie before joining this discussion about The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Join Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus’ Dr. Andrea Beck in an online group discussion that explores themes of culture and family against the backdrop of multi-generational Chinese families.


 

Sunday, June 27 at 1:0o pm

 INTRO TO CHINESE LANGUAGE

A fun and engaging introduction to Chinese language, taught by Caryn Rossi of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, North Carolina, will leave you wanting to learn more!


 

Join us in person


 

Friday, June 18 

SPECIAL THEMED MENU AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER/TAKEOUT

Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus and Events by Executive Caterers are partnering once again. Don’t miss the opportunity to bring the unique flavors and aromas of Shanghai to your Shabbat table. A ‘traditional’ Shabbat menu is available as well.

Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30 pm 

INTRO TO TAI CHI

The Chinese say that the secret to long life is Tai Chi! Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus is partnering with North Miami’s Kung Fu Connection in bringing you an in-person introduction to Tai Chi. Learn from Kung Fu Connection’s SiMu Alice about this ancient art form’s many health benefits, practice simple breath techniques you can use anywhere, and shadow a graceful sequence of basic movements. Pre-registration is required.

Register By Date: June 21

JULY

Join us online


 

Wednesday, July 7 at 6:00 pm

COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Chef Martin Glucklich and his daughter, Amanda, from Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will teach participants about how to make two South African dishes: Artichoke Dip and Frikadelles with Pink Sauce.


 

Friday, July 9 at 5:30 pm

CULTURE CONNECTION: SOUTH AFRICA

Kol HaKavod to Beth El Synagogue of Durham, North Carolina for coordinating this month’s pre-Shabbat Culture Connection that will focus on South Africa.


 

Thursday, July 15 at 5:3o pm

 MANDALA DOT ART

Join us online for a creative art class that blends the techniques of dot art and mandalas. Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus member Valeria Segal will be modeling this activity on a recycled glass bottle. *You can paint a recycled glass bottle or use any canvas you would like- creativity is welcome! A recommended supplies list will be sent out before the event.


 

Wednesday, July 28 at 8:0o pm

BOOK TALK: “THE LION SEEKER” BY KENNETH BONERT

Read “The Lion Seeker” by Kenneth Bonert and then join Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus’ Dr. Andrea Beck in an online group discussion that explores themes of prejudice and immigration in South Africa, in the shadow of World War II.


 

Join us in person


 

Friday, July 9 

SPECIAL THEMED MENU AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER/TAKEOUT

Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus and Events by Executive Caterers are partnering once again. Don’t miss the opportunity to bring the unique flavors and aromas of South Africa to your Shabbat table. A ‘traditional’ Shabbat menu is available as well.

Order By Date: July 6

Monday, July 12 at 7:30 pm 

MANDALA DOT ART

Join us in person for a small-group creative art class that blends the techniques of dot art and mandalas. Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus member Valeria Segal will model this activity using a glass cylinder. Participants will take their own glass art pieces home with them! Registration is required.

Register By Date: July 8

AUGUST

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Thursday, August 5 at 8:00 pm

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

Grab your pop corn, diet coke and Windex! A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. Enjoy this comedy film with your friends!


 

Tuesday, August 10 at 5:30 pm

COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, brings us Chef Amanda and a hands-on showcase of how to make Spanikopita! The recipe for this program will be sent out to participants ahead of time.


 

Friday, August 13 at 5:3o pm

CULTURE CONNECTION:  GREECE

Kol HaKavod to Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus’ very own Cantor Bogomolni for coordinating this month’s pre-Shabbat Culture Connection that will focus on Greece.


 

Wednesday, August 18 at 8:0o pm

BOOK TALK: “THE THREAD” BY VICTORIA HISLOP

Read The Thread by Victoria Hislop and then join Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus’ Dr. Andrea Beck in an online group discussion that explores an epic, turbulent tale spanning nearly 100 years in Thessaloniki, Greece.


 

Join us in person


 

Friday, August 13

SPECIAL THEMED MENU AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER/TAKEOUT

Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus and Events by Executive Caterers are partnering once again. Don’t miss the opportnity to bring the unique flavors and aromas of Greece to your Shabbat table. A ‘traditional’ Shabbat menu is available as well.

Order By Date: August 10

Sunday, August 22 at 10:00 am 

SPARTAN SPRINT

A series of obstacles, some meant to be SILLY and some meant to CHALLENGING, will bring out the Sunday Morning Spartans in each of our participant-teams.

Register By Date: August 19