Light Blue LeavesSecond Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton: Rabbi Minna Bromberg

Rabbi Minna Bromberg with Guitar

Dec 1, 2012
Parshat Vayishlach

Face to Face – with Fabrangen  – Visit Rabbi Bromberg’s website to read about her work with Fabrangen and listen to the song created in collaboration with our members.

Fabrangen welcomed guest Rabbi Minna Bromberg for a music-filled Shabbat celebration.

  • Shabbat Services – 9:30 a.m.
    D’var Torah on Parashat Vayishlach (parts of service led by Rabbi Minna Bromberg)
    Kiddush Lunch
  • Break – 2:00-5:00 p.m.
    Seudah Shlisheet –  5:00 p.m. (light supper and singing)
    Havdalah –  6:00 p.m.
  • Workshop – 6:15 pm – The Blessing of a Wrenched Hip: Bringing Torah to Life with Singing and Songwriting


Light Blue LeavesInaugural Scholar in Residence: Professor Hasia Diner

Hasia DinerJanuary 7, 2012
Parshat Vayehi

Shabbat Services
Kiddush Lunch and Informal Discussion
Dvar Torah on Parshat Vayehi by Hasia Diner

Havdalah and Evening Lecture
The Future of American Jewry: The Perspective of a Scholar

On January 7, 2012, Fabrangen hosted its first Scholar-in-Residence program.  We were honored to inaugurate this program with distinguished American Jewish historian, Dr. Hasia R. Diner, Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University.  Hasia, along with her family, were members of Fabrangen before moving to New York City.  This program was open to the entire Jewish community.  Fabrangeners were delighted to have the opportunity to engage with Hasia again and to learn about her research firsthand.

During our Shabbat morning service, Hasia gave the d’var Torah on Parashat Vayichi, the last portion in the Book of Genesis, focusing on how endings and beginnings are seminal in the history of a community.  After lunch, she introduced an informal discussion on the power of myth in history, focusing particularly on the differences between perceptions and reality of how Americans dealt with the Holocaust in the postwar years.  The evening program included Havdalah and a lecture.  The topic of the lecture was The Future of American Jewry: The Perspective of a Scholar, which continued the theme of how myths frame our view of our history.  Approximately 150 people attended the evening lecture, which was followed by a dessert reception.

 The Scholar-in- Residence Program is made possible through the generosity of the Fabrangen 36th Anniversary Fund