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SAJ 100 Years Event Summary & Links

SAJ Centennial Shabbat Kick Off
Saturday, January 29
Tish by Professor Deborah Dash Moore; Guest remarks by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Congressman Jerry Nadler, Comptroller Brad Lander, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, and City Council Member Gale Brewer

“A Singing Congregation”: A Century of Music at SAJ
Sunday, January 30
Honor the legacies of SAJ’s early musical gedolim with Cantor Lisa Shapanka Arbisser, musicologist Prof. Edwin Seroussi and musicologist/cellist Paula Eisenstein Baker

Judith Kaplan 1922 on Instagram
Beginning Feb 14
In 1922, following passage of the 19th amendment and at the beginning of the Jazz Age, a NYC tween made history as the first GIRL to become “bas mitzvah.” Follow her remarkable story at @JudithKaplan1922!

Social Justice at SAJ (SOJAC): Past, Present and Future (Tish)
Saturday, February 19
A focus on past, ongoing and future social justice initiatives at SAJ that expand on our heritage as seekers of justice. 

Social Justice at SAJ (SOJAC): Past, Present and Future (Panel Discussion)
Saturday, February 19
A focus on past, ongoing and future social justice initiatives at SAJ that expand on our heritage as seekers of justice. 

Rise Up/Bat Mitzvah at 100: National Commemoration
Thursday, March 17
In 1922, SAJ held the first bat mitzvah in America, a trail-blazing step toward gender equality in Judaism. Along with Jewish Women’s Archive, we present the “Rise Up/Bat Mitzvah at 100” national program

Rise Up/Bat Mitzvah at 100: A National Shabbat
Saturday, March 19
In 1922, SAJ held the first bat mitzvah in America, a trail-blazing step toward gender equality in Judaism. Along with Jewish Women’s Archive, we present the “Rise Up/Bat Mitzvah at 100” national program

From the Archives of the SAJ
Thursday, March 31
Opening of an exhibition of SAJ archival material.

Mordecai Kaplan and the Pursuit of Social Justice
Saturday, April 2
An engaging discussion with Scholar in Residence Eric Caplan, Ph.D.

Beyond Bat Mitzvah: Contemporary Issues in Gender Equity and Inclusion
Date and time TBA

Education Innovation | 40 Years of Jewish Learning and Teaching at SAJ
Sunday May 1 @ 4 PM ET – Post Program Discussion Follows from 5:30 – 6 PM ET
A discussion panel exploring the history of pioneering education at SAJ, facilitated by Rabbi Jeffrey Schein of the Kaplan center, and SAJ Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann.

Judith Kaplan Eisenstein’s Heritage of Music:  An Illustrated Conversation
Saturday, May 14
Conversation led by Rabbi Liz Bolton with Miriam Eisenstein and Rabbi Bob Gluck.

SAJ as a Civilization: An All-Day Symposium
Sunday, June 12
Discussions on Reconstructionism, SAJ, and American Judaism, with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Dr. Mel Scult, Dr. Deborah Dash Moore, and others.

SAJ 100 Years: Remembering Rabbi Alan Miller z”l
Thursday, August 11
Join us on zoom to share memories of Rabbi Alan Miller z”l in honor of his fifth yahrzeit. Rabbi Miller is SAJ’s longest serving rabbi, with a tenure of 32 years. His teachings and innovations (including the open microphone) have had a lasting impact on current members, alumni, and the modern Jewish world. Rabbi Lauren will facilitate the evening, as we commemorate the legacy of Rabbi Miller together with Naomi and their family. 

Community Gala
Saturday, October 15
Join us for a Community Gala honoring the SAJ and our centennial year. Upper West Side Location and more details to be announced!

Music of SAJ: Recent Past and Future
Saturday, November 19 
Cantor Lisa Arbisser will be joined by past SAJ cantors and current congregational musicians and singers to showcase recent and contemporary music of SAJ.

The SAJ Experience | An Interactive Digital Exhibit
Thursday, December 15 Celebrate the centennial with a fun multimedia experience highlighting the people, artifacts, and the rich history of SAJ.  Join us from your home, using your computer (or smartphone) to explore your synagogue in a completely new and innovative way. High tech — but don’t worry — accessible to all ages.

SAJ 100 Years Closing Celebration
Saturday, January 28

Check back often for information on upcoming events! Email saj100@saj.nyc to sign up for updates.

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