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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.

The SAJ Experience
Thursday, June 2
In-person and online launch of a virtual experience highlighting the people, artifacts, and rich history of SAJ.

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.

Fair Trade Trio Celebrates 100 Years of SAJ
Date TBD
Hannah Levinson (viola), Madeline Fayette (cello) and SAJ’s own Ashley Windle (violin) perform two little-known gems by Jewish composers

Cabaret Night
Saturday, October 15
Stories and songs of SAJ as part of our Sukkot celebration.

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.

SAJ 100 Years Closing Celebration
Saturday, December 10

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