children in the Jewish faith. Robin,
now company president, worked for
the Union for Reform Judaism and
Hillel after college before joining the
"I loved that work. It really
fulfilled me in a lot of ways, but
eventually I realized that what I'm
most passionate about is creating
powerful experiences that help
people grow and learn, and that our
family business would allow me to
do that in even more creative ways:'
she says. Robin is active in Temple
Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor. She is on
the Strategic Planning Committee
and chairs the Youth Engagement
"I really see a lot of connections
between what we do and the values
of Judaism in terms of really asking
questions, engaging and learning all
the time she says. "Judaism holds
learning as such a core value, and
that's what we're all about. It's not
just letting something wash over
you, but really engaging with it."
Joan adds, "For example, our
trips to Israel are quite intellectual.
Our Israeli guide is deep think-
ing and very open to conversation
about what is going on in Israel
today. Our guests tell us it's a stimu-
lating and contemporary experi-
Journeys International keeps its
tour groups to no more than 10 or
12 people. "We want our guides to
show preference to our clients:' Will
says. "We want the guide to get as
much out of the experience as the
client. That sense of intimacy is
important. That's the neat magic
and synergy of it:'
Adds Robin: "It's important
that the group doesn't get so big
that it overwhelms the environ-
ment. Larger groups get consumed
with talking to each other and the
dynamics on the bus. It's important
the group is small enough that the
focus is external:'
Jewish music will be part of
Journeys International's Jamboree
weekend. A gala dinner for guests
and partners will be held at Genesis
of Ann Arbor. The community
resource building on Packard Road,
built through a partnership between
St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church
and Temple Beth Emeth, features a
cross and Star of David side by side.
"To use the social hall in that
building for this party is such great
symbolism," Joan says. "This is all
about bringing together people
Details about all Jamboree events
are available at www.journeys.
GUT TEN IS SUCH
A NICE ROUND
A Sampling of Classes Offered this
God: A Biography
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers)
Instructor: Ruth Bergman
Instructor: Rabbi Michele Faudem
Explore the many faces, or rather, the many human
attempts to understand and define the unknowable,
A lively study/discussion on the some of the most
profound quotes from Pirkei Avot, the "Bartlett's" of
Foundations for a New Relationship
Yiddish Poetry, Songs and Curses
A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture Series
Instructor: Rabbi Steven Rubenstein
Read poems, listen to songs, and look at a few curses...
Going deeper than politics or advocacy, the
series reframes the discussion about the enduring
significance of the State of Israel.
Total Beginner Hebrew
Instructor: Hadassa Kidron
The class will start with learning the Hebrew alphabet
and move into conversational Hebrew.
Instructor: Rabbi Aaron Bergman
Reading the New Testament: The Gospels
Instructor: Rabbi Joseph Klein
The Gospels will be examined for its own perspective on
Jews and Judaism, and its impact on Jewish/Christian
Torah Line by Line
The Teachings of the Talmud
Instructor: Rabbi Rod Glogower
Explore what the ancient to modern rabbinic
sources have to say about a wide range of
From Old to New: Re-Imagining Our
Instructor: Aviva Panush
Fuse 21st Century understandings with our
FedEd Book Club
Instructor: Rabbi Keren Alpert
Discuss books from a variety of genres: fiction and
non-fiction, American and Israeli authors.
Great Jewish Debates through the Ages
Instructor: Professor Howard Lupovitch
Explore some of the most important clashes of ideas
in Jewish history.
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Cohen
This is an ongoing class, open to anyone interested in
exploring the Torah "line by line."
Shabbat across the Ages
Instructor: Rabbi Joseph Krakoff
How did notions and laws of Shabbat originate and
how have they evolved over time?
(Weekly Torah Portion Plus Haftorah)
Each week a different rabbi or educator will present the
weekly Torah portion from his or her own perspective.
Ripped from the Headlines:
What Would Hillel Do?
Instructor: Rabbi Eliezer Finkelman
Look at the top stories of the day, and using ancient
wisdom, decide right, wrong and all the gray areas in
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September 19 • 2013