The Kids Story, the Grown-Up Version, and How We Celebrate Today (including the food)
In this stand-alone workshop, Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld will guide you through Hanukkah, incorporating stories, discussions, activities, songs, Prayers, Blessings, and more; covering kids’ stuff, as well as compelling questions and challenges for adults. Individuals interested in Judaism, individuals on a path to Conversion, Jews by choice and former SCCBD candidates are invited to register.
Review the children’s version of the Hanukkah story, and engage in the unedited details of the grown-up version. With the celebration, comes compelling questions and challenges about Judaism and life.
Have fun learning about different traditions and customs, including the food, that help us celebrate Hanukkah.
Share in fun activities that help bring the sense of connection and joy to Hanukkah, while also addressing the grown-up issues that are raised.
Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld
Rabbi Ira brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the rabbinate through positivity and humor, engaging people of all ages from children to seniors. With his wife, Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld, Rabbi Ira is Co-Founder of Or Echad and HomeShul.
He received his ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion-CA, a transdenominational seminary, where he had the opportunity to study with world-renown rabbis and scholars from all of the Jewish movements. Rabbi Ira served as the rabbi of the Historic Hollywood Temple Beth El where he was proud to be the spiritual leader of a shul with such deep roots in the Los Angeles community. He has also worked as the pulpit rabbi for Temple Ner Shalom in San Luis Obispo, Congregation Beth Shalom in Santa Clarita, and the interim rabbi at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge. In addition, he has worked as an educator at religious schools in various synagogues throughout Southern California.
Rabbi Ira has been working as a musician (drums, percussion, and guitar) since high school. He has also worked as a stand-up comic and performed across the US and Canada. Rabbi Ira has also worked as an actor on TV, stage, and film, and he has been featured in several national commercials.
His well-rounded Jewish and performance experience allows him to bring to you and your family the best of what Judaism has to offer; a relevant form of Judaism meant to reach individuals and families of today. The most valuable message Rabbi Ira personifies is how to stay focused on all our blessings, while acknowledging the realities of suffering and injustice. When you are with Rabbi Ira, you will feel a renewed sense of connection with your Judaism, yourself, your family, and the world around you.