Rabbi Jacob Kraft Educational Foundation

Kraft Educational
Foundation Trustees:

Gary Harad (email) – Chair

Rabbi Ellen Bernhardt

Steven Klein

Bethany Kutz

Myrna Ryder

Edward Sobel

Hazzan David Tilman…
Leonard Bernstein at 100: Are Leonard Bernstein’s Compositions Jewish Music
Sunday, October 29, 2017

At least twemty Bernstein works contain Jewish musical elements, motifs, themes, contents, and theology, reflecting his upbringing, education, and identity. This lecture examines several of these works, including the Jeremiah Symphony, Hashkiveniu, Yigdal, West Side Story, to name a few.

Penn Shabbatones
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Join the a cappela group-Penn Shabbatones, the student-run Jewish a cappella group,-on their return to Congregation Beth Shalom, as they present a potpourri of enegetic American, Israeli and Jewish music.

Marc Provisor…
A Discussion of Israel’s Future and its Security Needs
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marc Provisor is the Director of Security Projects for One Israel Fund. He topic: A Discussion of Israel’s Future and its Security Needs, He is one of the foremost security experts focusing on the strategically and Biblically significant Judea and Samira regions.
Marc will discuss his firsthand experiences and give a behind the scenes assessment of the security challenges facing Israelis today.

Abigail Pogrebin
My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Journalist Abigail Pogrebin made it her mission to research, observe, and write about every Jewish holiday on the calendar — without skipping one festival or fast. A much-expanded version of her popular series for the Forward, her new book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, chronicles what she learned and how it changed her — as a Jew, a parent, a wife, a citizen, and a Jewish communal leader.