Shabbat Morning B’yachad: Partnership and Peace Work in a Time of War


December 16, 2023    
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


1187 Beacon Street, Brookline

Shabbat Morning B’yachad: Partnership and Peace Work in a Time of War
With guest speaker, Haviva Ner David live from Israel (via zoom) 

On Shabbat morning December 16th for our Torah study we will speak with Rabbi Dr. Haviva Ner-David, rabbi, writer, spiritual companion, mikveh specialist, and peace activist. Rabbi Haviva lives in Israel, on Kibbutz Hannaton in the Galilee, and she has been active for years in building a shared society based on partnership among Arabs and Jews. She will speak with us about this work and its importance, especially during this time of war. She will give us a window into Israeli society now in these devastating times, and hopefully give us some hope for the future as well. Or at least an example of what is possible when Arabs and Jews work together.

If you would like to learn more about Rabbi Haviva and her work, visit her website at https://rabbihaviva.com/.

Her books are featured on the Books page, and we recommend reading them all. But for (or after) this meeting, it would be especially appropriate to read her debut novel, Hope Valley, which is about the friendship between an Arab-Israeli and a Jewish-Israeli woman in the Galilee in the summer of 2000, leading up to the 2nd intifada, with a backstory in 1948. Her second novel, To Die in Secret, takes place near us, in Salem, MA, so we highly recommend that one, too, as well as her three memoirs and children’s book on mikveh.

9:30am Breakfast
10 – 10:45am Conversation with Haviva Ner David (families/kids grades 6+ encouraged to attend) 
Childcare & Kids activities (preschool – grade 5) – Please email Daria to register for childcare
11:00am Shabbat Morning Services w/ Shir Hadash & Grade 6/7 participation 
11:00am Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Queen and Josh Cohen
12:00pm Community Kiddush Lunch