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Chesapeake Day of Learning & Celebration

Thank you to all who participated and joined us for a day of learning with scholar S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., followed by a program of honor and buffet dinner.

Chesapeake Day of Learning and Celebration 2019 invitation - Join us March 31 at Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Maryland. 2:45-7:30 p.m. 2019 Scholar: S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.


Registration for the Day of Learning opens at 2:45 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m. - Day of Learning 
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Social Hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine for all attendees

Registration for Annual Celebration opens at 4 p.m.
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Social Hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine for all attendees
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Celebration & Dinner


Day of Learning Program

Opening Keynote:
Pesakh: Reviving Some Ancient Wisdom for Difficult Times
S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.
Break Out Sessions:

Writing a Feminist Commentary on Leviticus: What Makes Interpretation Feminist?
S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D. 
Jewish Teachings to Support Our Connection with Nature
Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde

As spring arrives, many of us will be spending more time outside. In this session, we’ll learn a few of Rabbi Josh’s favorite Jewish teachings (and a song or two) that can help us deepen and enliven our connection with the natural world.

Liberation Theology and the Exodus Story
Rabbi Sonya Starr

How do we understand redemption in the Exodus story and how does it affects our contemporary tikkun olam efforts?

Preparing for Liberation
Micah Guerin Weiss

Liberation doesn’t happen overnight, even for the Israelites enslaved in Egypt. Through a close-reading of texts where our ancestors undergo a process of spiritual preparation, we will see what we might learn about our own individual and collective paths to freedom.

Annual Celebration

This year’s distinguished honorees are:

Adat Shalom: Harriet Shugerman & Jon Grossman 
Beit Tikvah: Ellie Eines
Columbia Jewish Congregation: Marcy Quill  
Kol Ami: Mindy Rudell  
Kol HaLev: Jacke Schroeder 
Mishkan Torah: Ellen Weiss
Oseh Shalom: Andy and Beth Friedman & Kelly and Ron Benton Klein 

We look forward to honoring Sam Seeman for his dedication to the Reconstructionist Havurah of Riderwood and Reconstructing Judaism.


The first part of the day will be a learning opportunity with S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., professor of Bible at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. The theme of Tamar’s presentation is Pesakh: Reviving Some Ancient Wisdom for Difficult Times. Other leaders, including local rabbis, will lead workshop sessions. After her presentation will be breakout sessions featuring Tamar and our Chesapeake-area rabbis. 

In between the first and second parts of our program, we invite attendees to join us for a Chesapeake region social hour. Attendees can mix and mingle with members of other area congregations.

The last part of our day will be the Chesapeake Annual Celebration, with a buffet dinner. During this program, we will recognize outstanding contributions made by several members of local congregations. We will honor and celebrate these individuals and their incredible contributions.

View the tribute journal.